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.
- Minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- Influenced by John Basl's "Moral Philosophy" course
- First co-op at WilmerHale LLP. It solidified their interest in policy over law.
- Gabe took part in several Alternative Spring Breaks, including ones in New Orleans and Seattle
- A passion for civic engagement, addressing public health in marginalized groups
- Named a United Nations Millennium Fellow
- Ancient Philosophy with Professor Stump changed how she saw the world and value within it, and how she thought about living a good life.
- Participation in the first (and second!) Social Impact-a-thon sparked MacKenzie’s interest in philanthropy and grant-making.
- MacKenzie served as a Campus Director for the Millennium Fellowship two years in a row, gaining leadership skills and confidence.
- Her first co-op was at the Public Records Division, working on ensuring that the public had access to government records – a job that she loved.
- Professor Parekh’s Global Justice capstone class was one of MacKenzie’s favorite classes – and it opened up many opportunities for her.
- She worked as a research assistant to Professor Kanouse, helping her publish Beyond Property, which explores property and the anthropocene.
- MacKenzie is looking forward to a career in philanthropy, combining her philosophical insight with her training in economics. ..
Benjamin Cooper Gould
- Cooper’s dialogue, Challenges in Coastal Sustainability, and the course Ethics and Evolutionary games with Prof. Smead have been very impactful to him.
- As part of a class with Prof. Kelting on harm and aid he was able to write and submit real anti-racist curriculum for pre-schools in Boston.
- Cooper has been a PPE Peer Mentor, and he has also served as the PPE representative on the CSSH Student Advisory Council for three years.
- Cooper spent much of the summer in 2019 in Hong Kong and Malaysia on dialogue, exploring challenges for coastal sustainability.
- Cooper has had two co-ops, the first at Boston After School & Beyond, and the second at Dynasty Financial Partners, in New York City.
- He has conducted independent research projects with the Marine Science Center, for which he received a grant, as well as in philosophy.
- After graduation, Cooper is hoping to specialize in education justice, first by pursuing a Master’s in Education before teaching, and ultimately going into policy...
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, Alain Akasa
Schools, Departments, and Programs
Africana Studies Program
American Sign Language Program
Asian Studies Program
Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies
Human Services Program
Jewish Studies Program
Philosophy and Religion
Politics, Philosophy, and Economics
School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
Sociology and Anthropology
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
World Languages Center