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 liberal arts 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

Prof. Delmas was a guest in the latest Hi-Phi Nation episode on Uncivil Disobedience

Uncivil Disobedience: Hi-Phi Nation looks at the disruptive tactics of the animal liberation movement in Australia. In Australia, vegan and animal liberation activism has recently become intense and disruptive, invading farms, restaurants, and city centers. They’re doing everything from rescuing animals to blocking traffic and occupying steakhouses. Some argue that these new activists are needlessly…
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Congratulations Isaac!

Congrats to Issac Shur for winning this years (2019) Philosophy and Religious Studies essay writing contest!

Data, Ethics and Culture

Check out this video to hear from students who spent the semester in London as part of the Data, Ethics and Culture program at the New College for the Humanities (NCH) at Northeastern!

Congratulations Class of 2019!

Congratulations to the class of 2019 for all your accomplishments! We are excited to see what the future holds for you all!   Congratulations to the first ever Susan Setta and Michael Meyer Department Citizen Awards to Samantha Hirshland and Sam Haas!   To view more pictures of our celebration please view our Facebook album….
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Upcoming Events


PPE Guest Speaker, Meira Levinson

PPE Guest Speaker: Meira Levinson More information to come.


PPE Guest Speaker, Stephanie Silverman

PPE Guest Speaker: Stephanie Silverman More information to come.


PPE Guest Speaker, Erin Pineda

PPE Guest Speaker: Erin Pineda More information to come.


How the Ways People Think about Low-Wage Work Can Further Injustice, Nina Windgätter

Misconceptions abound about low-wage work in the United States. Many people think that it is easy, mindless, and unimportant, and that the workers who fill these jobs are only there because they are some combination of imprudent, untalented, lazy, and unambitious…
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Student Reflections

William and Mary Conference

Isaac Shur
April 6-7, 2019

On the tail-end of my co-op in the department of philosophy and religion, I got to travel to the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia to present a (mostly) finalized version of my paper, ...

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“The Culture of Exclusion? 6th Edition: The Politics of Exclusion”

Isaac Shur
February 14-16, 2019

Recently I had an amazing opportunity to travel all the way to Krakow, Poland, to present my research at Jagiellonian University’s annual conference “The Culture of Exclusion.” The theme of the co...

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