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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Northeastern University! We are a vibrant intellectual community of diverse scholars who write and teach about many different philosophical and religious issues – including metaphysics, social justice, philosophy of law, theories of knowledge, Islam, economic distribution, Africana philosophy, logic, global ethics, and the challenges of artificial intelligence and big data. Our courses help students to think critically and philosophically about the contemporary world and its many challenges.   

We aim to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all our students. Students can take advantage of our experiential education opportunities and our combined majors with other disciplines such as computer science, international affairs, behavioral neuroscience, and criminal justice, to name a few. The PPE major is housed in our department and provides students the opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary major that combines Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Our majors have done challenging and inspiring coops in many places in the United States and around the world. Many of our graduates have gone on to careers in public service, non-profit organizations, and business, as well as to graduate school and law school.

There are many ways to be involved in our department and this is a great way to get to know our faculty. There are opportunities for students to do research with faculty, including membership in ongoing research working groups.  The Ethics Institute does research in applied ethics, religious ethics, and normative theory. We support a number of student clubs that provide opportunities for students to get to know each other, including The Philosophy Club, The PPE Club, and MAP (Minorities and Philosophy).  Our Ethics Bowl team meets regularly to debate contemporary ethical issues and takes part in competitions across the country. We sponsor a PPE Speaker Series, where scholars from outside of Northeastern present their research to undergraduates. All these events include opportunities for students to discuss the topics and issues they care about outside of class.

On this website, you will find information about our majors and minors, the experiential liberal arts, our faculty, and many of the opportunities mentioned above. I encourage you to check back regularly and keep an eye out for talks, events, and other ways to be involved with the department.

Professor Serena Parekh

Department Chair