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
- Law school is a big investment. That’s why Chinma was attracted to NU and the co-op process, which has allowed her to experience the legal environment before committing to the practice.
- Chinma’s long-held love of reading and writing, specifically poetry, led to her to decision to major in English for her undergraduate education.
- In her first year, Chinma took Early African American Literature with Professor Nicole Aljoe. It was the first time she had a Black professor and the opportunity to share lived experiences in a new way.
- Chinma took Contemporary Poetry with Professor Eunsong Kim which explored readings that Chinma still uses today. She learned how poetry and art can affect real change, like through the Black Arts Movement.
- Chinma is co-president of Our Voices: Women of Color, which is run through the Social Justice Resource Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement and allows her to facilitate vital conversations.
- Through Our Voices: Women of Color, Chinma attended Northeastern’s EMPOWER conference for students of color in 2019, where she gave a presentation about intersectionality.
- In her second year, Chinma took Intro to Law, Policy, and Society with Professor Daniel Urman, which gave her the chance to explore the intersection between current events and law, furthering her interest...
- Yasser was in the Foundation Year program at Northeastern. The program was a rigorous deep dive into core subject classes that helped Yasser bridge the gap between the high school and college experiences.
- Initially indecisive, Yasser’s interest in traveling and experience exploring different religious texts in high school led him to a double major in international affairs and religious studies.
- Yasser took Issues in Cities and Suburbs with Professor Erin Graves in Fall 2018. As someone deeply invested in urban life, he found the course was an enlightening look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser’s first co-op was at the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant. He worked on inventory, public relations, directed brewery events, and maintained workspace organization.
- Yasser went on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Europe in Summer 2019 and took Engineering Principles in Nature with Professor Sandra Shefelbine.
- Yasser implemented and maintained community gardens all over Boston on deserted plots of land during his time as the Northeastern Campus Director for the campus’ United Nations Millennium Fellowship.
- Yasser began working at the Food Project and at a farm in Dorchester, he maintained the farm, harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics...
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...