Department of Philosophy and Religion
We bring ethical analysis, the study of religion, and philosophical methods to bear on complex social, political and environmental issues to improve understanding and contribute to solutions.Majors and Minors
People ask how experiential education works in Philosophy and Religion. These pathways answer just that.
- Ancient Philosophy with Professor Stump changed how she saw the world and value within it, and how she thought about living a good life.
- Participation in the first (and second!) Social Impact-a-thon sparked MacKenzie’s interest in philanthropy and grant-making.
- MacKenzie served as a Campus Director for the Millennium Fellowship two years in a row, gaining leadership skills and confidence.
- Her first co-op was at the Public Records Division, working on ensuring that the public had access to government records – a job that she loved.
- Professor Parekh’s Global Justice capstone class was one of MacKenzie’s favorite classes – and it opened up many opportunities for her.
- She worked as a research assistant to Professor Kanouse, helping her publish Beyond Property, which explores property and the anthropocene.
- MacKenzie is looking forward to a career in philanthropy, combining her philosophical insight with her training in economics. ..
- During Mac's freshman year, she took Moral Philosophy with Prof. Basl. This is still her favorite class that she has taken at NU, and motivated her to change majors to philosophy.
- In Spring 2019, Mac participated in the “Dog Project” a research group tasked with investigating the most democratic method to select the “cutest dog”.
- Mac went on an alternative Spring break to the Dominican Republic where she worked on an educational farm and taught students about gardening and animal care.
- Her second co-op was at MORSE Corporation as a python software developer, using lots of the math and logic concepts she learned in computer science and philosophy classes.
- In Feb 2020, she presented a co-authored paper on technological solutions for ethical machine learning at the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence conference.
- After graduation, Mac hopes to find a job in software development at a company making clean, lab-based meat or dairy products.
- Took The Meaning of Death with Prof. Susan Setta & confirmed her interest in the major while exploring the differences & similarities among religious practices.
- Completed a co-op with the Wilmer Hale Discovery Solutions Technology Team, allowing her to understand all of the moving parts behind a successful law firm.
- Served as a TA for Professional Development for Co-op, mentoring other students as they applied for their first co-ops.
- Took Ethics: East & West with Prof. Jung Lee, introducing Natalie to the concept of morality among a variety of cultures and religions.
- Volunteered with Boston soup kitchens to explore her passion for giving back.
- Natalie plans to take advantage of NEU Law’s opportunities for public interest work in addition to cultivating her passion for helping others.
Schools, Departments, and Programs
Africana Studies Program
American Sign Language Program
Asian Studies Program
Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies
Human Services Program
Jewish Studies Program
Philosophy and Religion
Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Sociology and Anthropology
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
World Languages Center