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. Bucar writes for Rewire.News

Prof. Bucar discusses her reaction to the exhibit “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination” that is showing at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Does the exhibit provide insights on the historical or social context of these fashion designs or does it ignore such contexts?

Prof. Bucar writes an article for Religion News Service

“Dear Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats: A hijab is not a hat” As the new U.S. Congress convened on January 3, 2019, more women represent their respective Congressional districts. Among those women are Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Congresswoman Omar is a Muslim and has a religious obligation to wear a hijab. Prof Bucar discusses…
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Prof. Illingworth’s newest article in the Bioethics Forum, The Hastings Center’s Blog

The conflict between the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the American College of Physicians (ACP) stems from the NRA’s position that the medical community should “stay in their lane” with respect to gun control policy. Yet, the fact that so many lives have been threatened by gun violence suggests that the medical community has an…
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Dr. Avia Pasternak

Dr. Avia Pasternak | Associate Professor at London’s Global University, joined the Department of Political Science at UCL in January 2014..
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04/05/2019 - 04/07/2019

Information Ethics Roundtable

The Information Ethics Roundtable (IER) is a yearly conference that brings together researchers from disciplines such as philosophy, information science, communications, public administration, anthropology, and law to discuss ..
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Jose Mendoza

More information to come.

Student Reflections

Ethics Bowl 2018

December 1-2, 2018 This semester, the Northeastern Ethics Bowl team was once again fortunate to have the opportunity to compete in the Northeast Regional Collegiate Ethics bowl, held on the now familiar and beautiful campus of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.  We were glad to...

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Miranda Viskatis

Visiting Researcher at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP)

During my Spring 2018 Co-op, I was a Visiting Researcher at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) in Munich, Germany.

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