The new features of the Bachelor's Degree
- Student in the library of the Sciences Po Menton campus ©Martin Argyroglo
The recent redesign of the Sciences Po Bachelor's degree programme reaffirms a commitment to the principles of humanism and scientific intellectual inquiry. The four key points below outline what first year students at the Undergraduate College can expect to find.
1. A progressive and international curriculum
Undergraduates spend their first two years on a Sciences Po campus before pursuing their third and final year at one of Sciences Po’s 470 partner universities. This international academic experience may be complemented by an internship. The degree culminates with a capstone project.
- First year: Learning the fundamentals. On each of the campuses, undergraduate students are introduced to the disciplines and methods taught at Sciences Po – economics, history, humanities, law, political science, and sociology.
- Second year: Acquiring intellectual autonomy. Students choose a major – Economy & Society, Political Humanities, or Politics & Government –, explore a range of multidisciplinary courses, and interact with the research methodologies linked to their chosen major.
- Third year: Expanding one’s academic project. During their year abroad, undergraduates complete their major at a partner university.
2. Choice of major and geographical concentration
On all campuses, students choose a multidisciplinary major – Economy & Society, Political Humanities, or Politics & Government. In addition, each campus offers a different regional concentration that anchors students’ intellectual objectives: Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East-Mediterranean, and North America.
3. Focus on the Political Humanities
Sciences Po’s undergraduate curriculum emphasises the study of the humanities. Fields such as art history, geography, literature, and philosophy are paramount to cultivating a critical analysis of contemporary political, economic and social questions.
4. A civic learning programme
All undergraduate students engage in civic coursework and practical experience during each of the three years of the Bachelor’s programme. The civic learning programme emphasises autonomy, consensus building, and developing a personal ethic of responsibility.
Term start dates on our seven campuses
• Tuesday 29 August: term starts at the Reims campus
• Wednesday 30 and Thursday 31 August: term starts at the Paris campus
• Thursday 31 August: term starts at the Le Havre campus which celebrates its 10th anniversary
• Friday 1 September: term starts at the Nancy campus
• Friday 8 September: term starts at the Menton campus
• Monday 11 September: term starts at the Poitiers campus
• Friday 29 September: term starts at the Dijon campus