Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, BS

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Serena Parekh
Associate Professor and Program Director

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617.373.3636
617.373.4359 (fax)

Serena Parekh, Associate Professor and Program Director, S.Parekh@northeastern.edu

The PPE major at Northeastern University brings together three of the most important approaches to understanding the world around us: political science, philosophy, and economics. The PPE major is an interdisciplinary degree that not only provides students with the analytic tools from three different disciplines but also teaches students to make connections across disciplines and to keep multiple perspectives in mind when analyzing complex social phenomena. This interdisciplinary perspective and set of skills are indispensable in our increasingly interconnected world and are essential in addressing the kinds of complex global problems future leaders will need to tackle.

There are a number of varieties of the PPE major that students may choose from in accordance with their own backgrounds and interests. These include:

  • environment and energy policy

  • international political economy

  • law and justice

  • logic and game theory

  • political philosophy

  • public and economic policy

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Major Requirements

Foundation Course
PHIL 1160Introduction to Economic Justice4
Core Courses
Philosophy
PHIL 2303Social and Political Philosophy4
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
PHIL 3435Moral Philosophy4
or PHIL 2325 Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Political Science
POLS 1160International Relations4
POLS 3405International Political Economy4
POLS 1150American Government4
or POLS 1155 Comparative Politics
Economics
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
ECON 1116Principles of Microeconomics4
ECON 2315Macroeconomic Theory4
or ECON 2316 Microeconomic Theory
Capstone
Complete one of the following:4
Senior Economics Seminar
Global Justice
Political Science Senior Capstone
Senior Thesis

Major Electives

Complete two of the following:8-12
ECON 2000 to ECON 5999
PHIL 2000 to PHIL 5999
POLS 2000 to POLS 5999

Concentration

Complete one of the following concentrations:

Supporting Courses 

Racial or Gender Justice
Complete one of the following:4
Politics of Poverty
Contemporary Issues: Race, Science, and Technology
Globalism, Racism, and Human Rights
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Advanced Selected Topics in Microeconomics
Gender, Race, and Medicine
Native American Resistance: Past and Present
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Islam, Gender, and Fashion
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Gender in a Changing Society
Race and Ethnic Relations
Race, Class, and Gender
Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture
Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Gender and Sexuality: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Communication and Gender
Gender and Sexuality in World History
Women and World Politics
Digital Feminisms
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy
Gender, Social Justice, and Transnational Activism
Communication and Inclusion
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
Statistics and Mathematics
MATH 1231Calculus for Business and Economics4
or MATH 1241 Calculus 1
ECON 2350Statistics4
or POLS 2400 Quantitative Techniques
or MATH 2280 Statistics and Software
Experiential Learning Requirement
Complete one co-op, study abroad, qualifying Dialogue of Civilizations, or one of the following:4
Experiential Education Directed Study
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Internship in Politics
Experiential Education Directed Study

Major GPA/Credit Requirement

Complete 68 semester hours in the major with a 3.000 GPA.

Course Distribution Requirement

Complete at least four courses in each of the following subject areas: ECON, PHIL, and POLS.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required


Concentrations

Concentration in Environment and Energy Policy

Complete two of the following:8
Environmental Economics
Energy Economics
Environmental Ethics
The Ethics of Food
Environmental Politics and Policy
Complete one of the following:4
Environmental Economics
Energy Economics
Environmental Ethics
The Ethics of Food

Concentration in International Political Economy

Complete two of the following:8
History of the Global Economy
Development Economics
Microeconomic Theory
International Food Economics and Policy
International Economics
The Ethics of Food
Business Ethics
International Law
Politics of Developing Nations
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Complete one of the following:4
Economic History of the Middle East
European Economic History
History of Capitalism in East Asia
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Religion and Politics in South Asia

Concentration in Law and Justice

Complete three of the following, only two of which may be POLS courses:12
Law and Economics
Economics of Crime
Law, Justice, and Society in Modern China
Philosophical Problems of Law and Justice
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
Global Justice
Judicial Process and Behavior
Law and Society
International Law
U.S. Constitutional Law
U.S. Civil Liberties
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law

Concentration in Logic and Game Theory

Required Course
PHIL 1115Introduction to Logic4
Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Information Economics and Game Theory
Ethics and Evolutionary Games
Advanced Logic
TDB: Concepts in Game Theory

Concentration in Political Philosophy

Politics Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Philosophy Course
Complete one of the following:4
Philosophical Problems of Law and Justice
Moral Philosophy
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
Global Justice

Concentration in Public and Economic Policy

Required Course
POLS 3307Public Policy and Administration4
Elective Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Economics of Crime
Economics of the Creative Industries
Labor Economics
Economics of Human Capital
Urban Economic Issues
Economics of Transportation
Environmental Economics
Energy Economics
Public Finance
Public Choice Economics
Competition Policy and Regulation
American Conservatism from the New Deal to the Present
Introduction to Economic Justice
Global Justice
Business and Government
Urban Policies and Politics
Politics of Poverty
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Environmental Politics and Policy
Bureaucracy and Government Organizations
Budgeting and Taxation
State and Local Politics
Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs
U.S. Foreign Policy