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 creates program to help train religious scholars to work more effectively with the media

When it comes to writing about religion for the general public, the media and religious scholars are equally at a loss. Both sides struggle to convey cultural insights in a way that will not fan the flames of a cultural war. To bridge this chasm, Northeastern will launch a program that will train religious scholars…
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We can print plastic guns. But should we? Prof. Basl weighs in on this question

News @ Northeastern recent article ‘We can print plastic guns. But should we?’ discusses the pros and cons of printing 3-D guns. Professor Basl weighs in on the discussion.

Congrats Prof. Bucar on your recent grant!

Congratulations Prof. Bucar on your Theology Program Recent Grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.    Sacred Writes: Public Scholarship on Religion Scholars of religion can in theory help provide important textual, cultural, and historical context for pressing current issues like healthcare legislation, climate change, and immigration reform. But most of us lack the training to…
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Visiting lecturer Megan Goodwin writes about the presidential pardoning of white terrorists for Religion Dispatches

In 2013 Steven Dwight Hammond and his father Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., were indited for setting a fire that destroyed 139 acres of federal lands in Oregon that were held in trust by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.  Father and son were found guilty and sentenced to a mandatory 5-year sentence in 2016 for…
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Upcoming Events


Prof. Lionel McPherson presents ‘Meanings of “Mixed” Race’

Mainstream recognition of mixed-race identity, which proponents of black solidarity have sometimes feared and resisted, poses no serious threat to the stability of Black American social identity. ..
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Prof. Javier Hidalgo presents ‘Why Immigration Restrictions are Unjust and Why It Matters’

States heavily restrict immigration. Are these immigration restrictions morally acceptable? This paper will give an argument against immigration restrictions…
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Sarah Lustbader

Sarah Lustbader is a Senior Program Associate with the Reimagining Prison project. She joined Vera after working for five years as a criminal defense attorney at The Bronx Defenders…
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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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