Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASC)
In the academic year 2020-2021, Sciences Po, in partnership with two institutions of higher education in the sciences, will be offering a new interdisciplinary dual degree in liberal arts and sciences.
Upon completion of four years of study, including one year conducted abroad, students are jointly awarded a Bachelor of Science from the partner university and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc) from Sciences Po.
This course combines:
- Study of scientific disciplines, principally the Earth sciences and life sciences, at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, University of Paris and at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne
- Study of the humanities and social sciences (principally law, economics, history, sociology, and political science), with an interdisciplinary major (Economics & Society, Political Humanities, or Politics & Government) at Sciences Po
- An intersecting and informed consideration of major contemporary challenges, such as responses to climate change, ecological transition, and bioethics, by way of interdisciplinary teaching in the sciences and liberal arts, collaboratively led by Sciences Po and its partner universities
The objective of this degree is to allow for dialogue between disciplines, so that students can gain the conceptual as well as methodological tools necessary to confront the problems of today’s society, in the hope of proposing solutions.
The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences proposes a training through research, challenge, and problem-solving, accompanied by interactive teaching surrounding field work and simulations.
This course aims to equip its students with knowledge and skills that will be as indispensable to them academically as professionally and socially. These include:
- Knowledge and understanding of key concepts in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences
- Ability to analyse facts critically, by considering them within their historic, sociocultural, economic, and political context
- Intellectual agility, by exploring different ways of thinking and acting and by establishing links between different fields of knowledge
- A precise and structured personal reasoning, by the inclusion of strong methodological requirements
- A synthesised approach to complex problem-solving, in order to develop informed critical analysis; finally, the capacity to devise sustainable and responsible solutions to these problems
Structure of the Programme
This programme takes place in one of the wo new dual degrees open as of September 2020:
- On the Paris Campus, in partnership with the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, University of Paris: Social Sciences & Geoscience
- On the Reims Campus, in partnership with the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne: Social Sciences & Life Sciences
The first two years of the programme pair the core teaching of the Sciences Po Undergraduate College with courses in the sciences, taught by the partner university. Classes take place at both institutions.
The third year is conducted abroad, at one of either institution’s partner universities internationally. Within this framework of mobile study, students are still obliged to adhere to their course obligations in the sciences and liberal arts.
The fourth year is principally devoted to deepening scientific teaching at the partner institutions, complemented by interdisciplinary classes on offer at these universities.
This course demands a strong investment in terms of personal work and study time.
Upon completion of the programme, graduates may choose to pursue further study within a Master’s programme at Sciences Po, at the partner university, or else by enrolling on another programme in France or abroad.
All queries may be addressed to Nicolas Benvegnu.