Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, BS
Born in the Virginian suburbs of Washington, D.C., Reza grew up in the political and historical environment of the capital. Until his senior year of high school, he saw himself pursuing a STEM field. That changed when he took Advanced Placement courses in literature and Latin, both of which helped him develop a greater appreciation for the humanities. He began his studies at Northeastern with a plan to finish with a BS in Linguistics. However, after taking a couple of inspiring classes — CS 2510: Fundamentals of Computer Science and ECON 1116: Principles of Microeconomics — during his first two years, he reimagined his academic and professional paths and is now pursuing a Computer Science and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) combined major with a concentration in Law and Justice, as well as a minor in Linguistics.
Related Schools & Departments
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.
Reza will graduate in 2021 with a BS degree in Computer Science and Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and a minor in Linguistics.
“During my first two years, I found myself pursuing subjects according to my interests, and that landed me with a split between linguistics, computer science, and PPE. I decided to pursue a combined major in PPE and CS, as I wanted to learn more about the material in these fields and recognized the need for the intersection of these disciplines in modern society. With the rapid advancement of technology, the relationship between technology and regulation becomes more disparate and daunting.”
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- 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...