Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
The PPE major at Northeastern University brings together three of the most important approaches to understanding the world around us: political science, philosophy, and economics.
Vishal Makhijani ’19
- Sexuality, Gender, & the Law with Prof. Adler, offered a balance of theoretical ideas about sexuality, gender, legal framework & casework surrounding these same topics.
- Constituent advocate for the City of Boston offered not only a deeper understanding of Boston’s politics but also a general understanding of how a city government functions.
- Participated in the Honors dialogue “Rhetoric and Justice in Europe”, had the chance to examine the propaganda strategies behind the Nazi rise to power in Germany.
- Economic Justice with Prof. Parekh, the first PPE course he took, allowed him to explore topics like spatial segregation & gentrification through philosophical lenses.
- Involved with “Generation Citizen”, sends College volunteers into classrooms across Boston to empower middle & high school students to affect change in their local governments.
- With plans to graduate in May of 2019, Vishal hopes to immerse in a space or graduate program that explores what equity and justice look like from an urban planning perspective.
- Took Fundamentals of Computer Science with Prof. Ben Lerner and was inspired by Prof. Lerner's pedagogical approach and his passion for teaching.
- Worked in the CORE Lab, where he learned to solve problems and develop creative solutions.
- Took Moral Philosophy with Prof. John Basl, reinvigorating Reza’s love for philosophy.
- Had a co-op at Technical University in Germany designing materials for reading studies & conducting eye tracking experiments.
- Joined Generate, a student-led product development studio where tech-minded students build real-world products for NEU ventures.
- Took Public Policy and Admiration with Prof. Michael Dukakis and found a mentor.
- Completed another co-op at Salsify in Boston, working on the core platform solving problems for customers and working on new features. ..
- Took International Law with Prof. Denise Garcia and discovered her passion for global legal issues and desire to understand how they move from ideas to treaties.
- Attended the Dialogue of Civilizations Switzerland, where she sprung herself into the capital of diplomacy, international peace, and security.
- Named President of Northeastern’s Global Journal for International Affairs, which is entirely student run, written, & published.
- Took Global Justice with Prof. Serena Parekh and applied issues of global justice from an ethical perspective within a socio-economic & political framework.
- Had a co-op with the International Committee of the Red Cross Delegation, encapsulating her humanitarian ambitions and satisfying her lifelong interest in the legal field.
- Francesca completed her master’s degree in international relations at the London School of Economics & Political Science.
- At LSE, she took a Managing Humanitarianism course that challenged a lot of her beliefs surrounding humanitarian action and introduced her to the theoretical approaches that guide humanitarianism globally...
The PPE major is an interdisciplinary degree that not only provides students with the analytic tools from three different disciplines but also teaches students to make connections across disciplines and to keep multiple perspectives in mind when analyzing complex social phenomena. This interdisciplinary perspective and set of skills are indispensable in our increasingly interconnected world and are essential in addressing the kinds of complex global problems future leaders will need to tackle.
Director, Dr. Serena Parekh
Academic Advisor, Ariana Roche
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