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Welcome to the Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Program at Northeastern University. This program was launched in the fall of 2015 to enable students who have an interest in politics, economics, and philosophy to pursue a course of study that allowed them to engage with the interconnections of the different disciplines.  

Many students are interested in learning about how moral values can be applied to political and economic institutions and policies or about the political and social implications of certain economic policies. The PPE major allows students to not only pursue a course of study in the three disciplines themselves but also teaches students to make connections across disciplines in order to more deeply understand complex social phenomena, both domestically and internationally.

The PPE major combines classes in all three disciplines and allows students to choose a concentration based on their interests, such as Environmental and Energy Policy, International Political Economy, Law and Justice, or Public and Economic Policy, among others. As with all of Northeastern’s programs, there is a strong component of experiential liberal arts (coops, internships, study abroad, service-learning, and international dialogues) specifically geared towards PPE majors that will introduce students to different kinds of employment, reinforce classroom teaching, and assist in the development and advancement of career goals. PPE courses are taught by faculty members who are engaged in a wide variety of research projects and who are also interested in making connections between different disciplines.

In short, the PPE major is a very exciting new program at Northeastern, and I extend a warm welcome to all students, both current majors and those interested in becoming one.