Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Northeastern University. Our department is filled with faculty and students who love to think, read and talk about “the big questions,” as well as about current events and contemporary issues involving ethics, religion, and political philosophy. We have an active research faculty and an award winning group of students whose plans range from heading off to graduate or law school to careers in public service, non-profit organizations, and business. Many of our students take advantage of our combined majors with other disciplines, such as computer science, international affairs, environmental studies, physics, history, english, economics, and media and screen studies.

The Department is home to  The Ethics Institute, which does research in applied ethics, religious ethics, descriptive ethics, and normative theory. Our Philosophy Club is an active group of undergraduates who gather weekly for dinner and discussions. Our Ethics Bowl team studies pressing social and ethical issues and competes in competitions around the region. We are fortunate to have a vibrant intellectual community that is committed to bringing philosophical and religious studies research and methods to bear on contemporary events and issues.

On this website you will find information about our majors and minors, about experiential education opportunities, and about our student and faculty community. You can also “Like” us on Facebook, where you can see upcoming events, recent photos of different activities, and see exciting opportunities for students.

If you have any questions about our programs or department, please feel free to contact me at or call us at 617.373.3636.

Ron Sandler
Department Chair

Department News

Northeastern remembers Susan Setta, who ‘put the air in the sails of all her colleagues’

Please take a moment to read this great article on professor Susan Setta, who will be truly missed.

Congratulations Graduates!

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, we would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to the thirty undergraduate students who graduated this year (2018) from Northeastern University. Best of luck to each of you in your future pursuits.  

2018 Recent Grad and a Third Year Student Win Phil/Rel Essay Contest!

Congratulations to Isabella Carlsson (2018 Graduate) and Samantha Hirshland (Third Year) for winning this years 2018 Philosophy and Religion Essay Contest!   • Isabella’s Essay: The Problem of Unconceived Alternatives within a Bayesian Framework Isabella Carlsson investigated the problem of unconceived alternatives within a Bayesian framework.  In her analysis she explores whether or not the…
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Student Reflections

Amar Fernald

11th Annual DePauw Undergraduate Ethics Symposium at the Prindle Institute for Ethics, April 19-21, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of traveling to Greencastle, Indiana, to attend the 11 Annual Read more »

Bioethics Bowl 2018

National Bioethics Bowl, University of South Alabama, April 13-14, 2018

Hi my name is Kaleem Ahmid. I am a second year health sciences and philosophy double-major, and one of the members of this year’s Bioethics Bowl team that made the long journey to Mobil, Alabama, to compete at this year’s annual National College BioEthics Bowl.

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Max Leonov

23rd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, April13-14, 2018

I attended the 23rd Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SUNY Oneonta.

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Isabella Carlsson

Northern New England Philosophical Association Annual Conference, November 3-4, 2017

I presented one of my papers at the 2017 Northern New England Philosophical Association (NNEPA) conference.

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Aja Watkins

Northern New England Philosophical Association Annual Conference, November 3-4, 2017

I presented recently in the undergraduate portion of the Northern New England Philosophical Association (NNEPA) annual conference.

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