Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASC) : "Algorithms and decisions", Dual Degree with Université de Paris

A programme at the intersection of liberal arts and mathematics

As of the academic year 2021-2022, Sciences Po offers a new undergraduate dual degree in liberal arts and mathematics, devised in partnership with Université de Paris.

Educational Objectives

This dual degree is, first and foremost, a programme combining Bachelor’s level study of mathematics at Université de Paris and of the humanities and social sciences at Sciences Po.

The genuine educational innovation of this programme lies in its interdisciplinary classes, which are jointly designed by researchers at both institutions.

Entitled “Algorithms and Decisions”, the dual degree’s overarching theme is the impact of big data on decision-making. Students are invited to examine the ways in which our individual or collective choices are conditioned, structured, oriented, at times restricted, by models and/or sets of instructions that draw as much on logic as on the digital traces we leave, using these as the basis for vast datasets.

Measurement and calculation have historically been linked to power, and can be used as a justification for both public and private actions. It is therefore crucial to analyse the parameters and workings of these in various fundamental areas of the political and social structure.

Finally, the programme’s interdisciplinary courses invite students to consider a series of situations that resist quantification and in which uncertainty and randomness have a bearing on decision-making.

Upon completion of four years of study, one of which is spent abroad, students are awarded a Bachelor in Mathematics from Université de Paris and a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc) from Sciences Po.

Programme structure

The first two years of the programme pair the core teaching of the Sciences Po Undergraduate College, provided on the Paris Campus, with courses in science, taught by Université de Paris (FR). Classes take place at both institutions.

The third year abroad is spent studying at one of Sciences Po’s or Université de Paris’ partner universities internationally. While abroad, students are required to take classes meeting their course requirements in both the sciences and liberal arts.

The fourth year is principally devoted to deepening scientific teaching at Université de Paris, complemented by interdisciplinary classes offered at either university.

This course demands a strong investment in terms of personal work and study time.

Depending on their professional plans, graduates of the programme may choose to pursue further study within a Master’s programme at Sciences Po, at Université de Paris, or else on another programme in France or abroad.

Find out more about the Bachelor in Mathematics (UFR Mathematics) at Université de Paris (FR).

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