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The combination of academic excellence and experiential learning is what distinguishes an education at the College of Social Sciences and Humanities from any other liberal arts education. You can explore different career paths, academic interests, and global challenges by adapting to different settings, asking new questions, and applying your problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. By integrating experiential education into your coursework, you can explore new possibilities, achieve long-term educational and career goals, and prepare yourself for a lifetime of success.

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    Co-op. In the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, cooperative education—or co-op for short—is a key component to the Experiential Liberal Arts, an educational model that integrates experiential learning with the rigorous study of society, culture, and politics. Students majoring in philosophy and religious studies have a enormous range of co-op opportunities to them.

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    Service Learning. As an urban university, service-learning is part of Northeastern’s ethical mission. But more than good works, service-learning at Northeastern and the Department of Philosophy and Religion is an academically rigorous experience. Through partnerships with schools, neighborhood agencies, health clinics, and nonprofit organizations, the university and department embeds service into academic coursework. Students engage in hands-on service to address community needs, learning by applying course concepts to their experiences, and reflecting on those experiences back in the classroom.

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    Global Opportunities. Northeastern University and the Department of Philosophy and Religion offer a variety of programs to provide our students with a global perspective of their studies. In addition, many students in philosophy and religion have studied abroad all over the world, venturing to places such as London, Paris, Dublin, and Costa Rica.

    Global Opportunities
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    Undergraduate Research. The Department of Philosophy and Religion provides a number of avenues for students to participate in research. Many department faculty encourages undergraduates to participate in research and provides a number of ways to do so.

    Undergraduate Research
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    Experiential Learning Courses. The Department of Philosophy and Religion offers a number of courses that integrate experiential and academic learning. These courses often enable students to help the community, contribute to solving problems, or conduct research.

    Experiential Learning Courses
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    Teaching Assistantships. The Department of Philosophy and Religion provides opportunities for advanced undergraduate students to work with faculty as teaching assistants. Students involved in such assistantships lead activities such as study groups, do advising and tutoring, hold conference hours, and under the guidance of the professor, and often present a lecture to the class.

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    Working Groups. The Department of Philosophy and Religion working groups bring together faculty and students to collaboratively study and conduct research on topics of interest. Current groups include the AI and Data Ethics Group, the Social Choice and Democracy Group, the Philosophy as a Way of Life Group, and the Rossetti Group, which studies topics at the intersection of philosophy and science.

    Working Groups
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    Ethics Bowl. The Department of Philosophy and Religion supports a robust ethics bowl program. Ethics Bowl is a collegiate debate competition where teams of students present arguments on specific cases based on normative ethical frameworks and detailed empirical information.

    Ethics Bowl
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    Philosophy Club. The Northeastern University Philosophy Club is an active group of students who meet weekly to share dinner and discussion. The club’s goal is to build community among philosophy majors and minors as well as students from outside the department. In the past, we have discussed topics in philosophy of science, metaphysics, ethics, and popular culture.

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