Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, BS

The PPE major at Northeastern University brings together three of the most important approaches to understanding the world around us: political science, economics, and philosophy. 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.

Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Major Requirements

Foundation Courses
PHIL 1160Introduction to Economic Justice4
PHIL 2303Social and Political Philosophy4
Core Courses
POLS 1160International Relations4
ECON 1115Principles of Macroeconomics4
ECON 1116Principles of Microeconomics4
Core Elective 1
POLS 1150American Government4
or POLS 1155 Comparative Politics
Core Elective 2
Complete one of the following:4
Statistics
Quantitative Techniques
Statistics and Software
Theoretical Courses
Note: No more than two courses are allowed in any one field.
Complete three of the following:12
Ancient Philosophy and Political Thought
Modern Philosophy
Moral Philosophy
International Political Economy
Macroeconomic Theory
Microeconomic Theory
Racial or Gender Justice
Complete one of the following:4
Analysis of American Racism
The Black Experience in the Caribbean
Politics of Poverty
Race and Social Identity
Contemporary Issues: Race, Science, and Technology
Globalism, Racism, and Human Rights
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Advanced Selected Topics in Microeconomics
Sex, Power, and Oppression: An Introduction
Gender and Politics
Latino Politics in the United States
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
Sex and Gender in the Jewish Experience
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
Capstone
Complete one of the following:4
Senior Economics Seminar
Topics in Philosophy Seminar
Great Philosophers Seminar
Global Justice
Political Science Senior Capstone
Senior Thesis

Major Electives

Complete two courses from the course list below or from the focus areas listed below:8-12
Course List
ECON 3000 to ECON 5999
PHIL 2000 to PHIL 5999
POLS 2000 to POLS 5999
Focus Areas
Health Policy and Medical Ethics
Healthcare and Medical Economics
U.S. Health and Welfare Policy
Moral and Social Problems in Healthcare
Advanced Medical Ethics
Security
Economics of Crime
Reason, Risk, and Evidence
Philosophical Problems of War and Peace
International Security
Nontraditional Security Issues
Homeland Security Policy and Politics
Civil-Military Relations
Model NATO
Sports and Society
Economics of Sports
Ethics and Philosophy through Sport
International Relations and Sports
Technology
European Economic History
Technology and Human Values
Philosophy of Science
Science, Technology, and Public Policy

Concentration

Complete one of the following concentrations:

Supporting Course

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
Community-Based Research Practicum
Experiential Education Directed Study
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 Philosophy
Environmental Politics and Policy
Complete one of the following:4
Environmental Economics
Energy Economics
Environmental Ethics
The Ethics of Food
Environmental Philosophy
Nontraditional Security Issues

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
Global Governance
Politics of Developing Nations
Transatlantic Relations
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Complete one of the following:4
Economic History of the Middle East
European Economic History
Politics and Governance of Europe and the European Union
Politics in Central and Eastern Europe
Government and Politics in Russia
Contemporary Government and Politics in Africa
Government and Politics in the Middle East
Government and Politics in Latin America
Government and Politics in Japan
China: Governance and Foreign Policy
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
Philosophical Problems of Law and 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
Game Theory in the Social Sciences
Information Economics and Game Theory
Ethics and Evolutionary Games
Advanced Logic
Philosophy of Logic
TDB: Concepts in Game Theory

Concentration in Political Philosophy

Politics Courses
Complete two of the following:8
Premodern Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Thought
Philosophy Course
Complete one of the following:4
Philosophical Problems of Law and Justice
Philosophical Problems of War and Peace
Moral Philosophy
Theory of Knowledge
Metaphysics
Philosophy of Mind
History of Modern Moral Philosophy
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
Economic Status of Ethnic Minorities
Economics of the Creative Industries
Labor Economics
Economics of Human Capital
Poverty and Income
Urban Economic Issues
Economics of Transportation
Environmental Economics
Energy Economics
Public Finance
Government and Business
Public Choice Economics
Competition Policy and Regulation
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
Nontraditional Security Issues
Bureaucracy and Government Organizations
Budgeting and Taxation
State and Local Politics
Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs
U.S. Health and Welfare Policy
Interest Groups and Public Policy
Survey Research and Polling
Homeland Security Policy and Politics
U.S. Foreign Policy
Community-Based Research Practicum