History and Political Science, BA Combined Major
When Yehuda toured Northeastern’s campus, he had a gut feeling that this was the school for him. He was impressed by the co-op opportunities and commitment to interdisciplinary academics, and he knew this university would support his personal and professional goals. Yehuda is currently a History and Political Science combined major, with a minor in International Affairs.
The excitement of spending a semester in Montreal through N.U.in sealed Yehuda’s college choice. He loves to travel and really enjoyed his time at McGill University with other NU students.
Yehuda always wanted to major in History, but during his first semester with N.U.in, he decided to become a combined political science and history major.
In his first year, Yehuda took Picturing Modernity – Photography in U.S. Technology, Culture, and Society with Professor Victoria Cain, which encouraged his involvement in the History Department.
In Summer 2019, Yehuda did a Dialogue of Civilizations to Germany with Professor Natalie Bormann, and delved into sensitive topics related to Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
With an interest in reading other students’ research, Yehuda helped start the Northeastern University Historical Review, an online outlet for students to publish their research to gain a wider reach.
During his third year, Yehuda took History of Modern Terrorism with Professor Jeffrey Burds. He found the interdisciplinary approach that touched on the political nature of the subject captivating.
Yehuda went on co-op at Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm in New York. His work combined his skills in writing, research, and political science and ultimately solidified his interest in law.
During his fourth year, Yehuda wanted to give back to his community and became peer mentor for the History Department to help guide incoming students.
While working as a TA in the History department, Yehuda took Assassinations in World History with Professor Jeffrey Burds and found it fascinating.
Through his coursework and co-ops, Yehuda has developed a keen interest in law and after graduating, intends to attend law school.
“I was really inspired by seeing people doing these incredible things—they’re doing research, amazing work in school and outside of school, Dialogues, study abroad, and all these amazing programs. It was a very strong motivator for me to do all these programs, and I’m really glad that I did over the years. All those experiences, they really push you out of your comfort zone in a way that makes you grow as a person.”
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...