Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in the social sciences and humanities is rooted in three core principles: academic rigour, internationalization, and civic engagement.

Over the course of three years, students think critically about how and why societies transform and the ways in which they may engage as citizens acting on behalf of the common good.

Using Multidisciplinarity to Comprehend the Dynamics of Contemporary Societies

The curriculum provides students with academic and methodological foundations in economics, history, humanities, law, political science, and sociology.

Bachelor curriculum outline ©Sciences Po

In the first year, students take introductory courses in each foundational discipline. In the second year, students continue with advanced study of the disciplines through a multidisciplinary perspective while diving into coursework related to their multidisciplinary major of choice: Economy & Society, Political Humanities, or Politics & Government. Students complete their major during the third year abroad, in an international academic environment.

Students develop critical thinking abilities and methodological rigour through exposure to a large variety of theories, approaches to reasoning, and viewpoints. They demonstrate these skills in their written work, oral presentations, and research by drawing on diverse sources (text, data, graphics, and video). Artistic practice and the study of literature and art (pdf in French, 276 Ko) stimulates students’ creativity and their ability to analyse contemporary political issues through new, unexpected lenses.

Regional Concentrations to Understand Global Challenges

Through disciplinary, multidisciplinary, and language coursework, students acquire strong and precise knowledge of global issues (democracy, inequality, peace, urbanisation, migration, information production and dissemination, environmental protection, food security, etc.).

The regional campuses explore political, social, economic, and cultural issues from an area-specific perspective (the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East), integrated into a wider analysis of the processes of globalisation.

Major coursework in the second and third years offers additional academic spaces for students to develop a nuanced look at issues related to their choice of geographical concentration.

Learning about Citizenship and Giving Back

During the three years of undergraduate study, the civic learning programme helps students make the direct link between civic issues covered in class (democracy, peace, equality/diversity, education, environment, etc.) and their personal engagement to giving back to society. They may participate in activities hosted by Sciences Po or initiatives in the public, private, or nonprofit sectors. Students are encouraged to get involved in their local community, whether in France or internationally.

On every campus, students have many opportunities to participate in socially minded group projects, which foster self-reliance and leadership, facilitate collective decision-making, and require imagination and openness to others.