Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, BS
Law and Public Policy Minor
MacKenzie joined Northeastern in Fall 2017, with her major already declared. Her freshman year classes confirmed that she was in the right place, and sparked her love of philosophy. During her time at Northeastern, MacKenzie mentored with Strong Women, Strong Girls, ran the Northeastern PPE Society, and served as chair for the Northeastern cohort of the Millennium Fellowship, as well as working as a research assistant and a teaching assistant for multiple classes. Her professors, her mentors, and her peers all contributed to her development, both professionally, academically, and personally—and she is grateful to Northeastern for the doors it has opened for her.
Related Schools & Departments
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.
Being a PPE major is like living with two feet on the ground and your head in the clouds – you gain both practical, empirical skills and theoretical, wide-angle knowledge. For someone like me, who both loves the messy, complex world and utopian dreams, there is no better place to be than in the Northeastern PPE program.
More Student Paths
- Savita is from Boston and is a graduate of the Boston Latin School.
- Originally a Cultural Anthropology major, Savita later became an English major with minors in Africana Studies and Writing Studies.
- Through the service-learning course, Boston in Literature, Savita volunteered with 826 Boston to tutor in English. She is now a service-learning teaching assistant.
- For her final project in Post-Colonial Women's Writers with Professor Aljoe, she researched Carnival and its cultural significance to Trinidad and Tobago.
- Inspired by Professor Aljoe, Savita joined the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, working on an exhibit about Caribbean Carnival and creating and gathering teaching materials.
- In 2020, she began a co-op with the Africana Studies program to learn more about the field of Black Studies.
- Savita wants to work to better her own community. In the future, she hopes to become a high school teacher or a college professor. ..
- Andrew grew up in Japan, and decided to pursue his undergraduate degree back in the U.S.
- Andrew applied to Northeastern as a Business major. As his high school career came to a close, he became more interested in Japanese politics, history, and social issues.
- When thinking about what truly engaged him, Andrew felt that Asian Studies and Political Science was a better fit and switched his major to Asian Studies.
- Andrew connected with Professor Daniel Aldrich after meeting him at a presentation of his book at the institute for social sciences at Tokyo University.
- From his first day of classes, Professor Aldrich encouraged and helped Andrew get involved in research projects.
- During his first semester, Professor Aldrich paired Andrew with Tim Fraser, a PhD candidate in Political Science with strong interests in disaster resilience in Japan.
- With Tim, Andrew collected biographical information on the committee members on all the reconstructional committees on municipal, prefectural, and national level. ..
- Emerson wanted a contextualized Political Science degree, and applied to Northeastern specifically for the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) program.
- "Introduction to Economic Justice" with Professor Serena Parekh was one of Emerson's favorite courses, allowing her to study economic justice from a philosophical lens.
- Emerson was accepted by the Roosevelt Institute to do financialization research at Northeastern, examining economic priorities.
- Emerson also started a research thesis her freshman year to look at the link between modern dystopian literature and the the rise of female-led political movements.
- When Emerson found out about the HCL (History, Culture, and Law) major, she was immediately interested in adding the major to enhance her PPE studies.
- The Culture & Colonialism concentration allowed Emerson to double-credit and to develop the breadth of knowledge needed for someone who wants to work at the State Department.
- In January 2020, Emerson founded NU's Interdisciplinary Women's Collaborative (IWC) with the help of mentor and advisor Heather Hauck...
Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles chose to attend Northeastern because he was intrigued by the signature co-op program and wanted a curriculum that combined real-world experience without compromising thorough academic rigor.
- Initially an engineering student, Charles switched to a combined major in Economics and Mathematics to build upon his interest in economic and social justice work. He also has a minor in psychology.
- In his first year, Charles took Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South with Professor Shalanda Baker, which taught him to question systems as they exist, no matter how established.
- As part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Charles did community service, working on the Timebank team which helped him give back to Boston.
- For his first co-op, Charles split his time between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, like infrastructure and childcare.
- As Campaign Coordinator and Director of Northeastern’s Students Advancing Intersectional Dreams, Charles had spoken to people like Patrisse Cullors, Richie Reseda, Michelle Alexander, and Angela Davis.
- Over the summer of 2020, Charles was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign where he advocated for racial literacy courses and for a restorative and transformative justice center on campus...