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Bachelor of Arts, First Year

Section #description


The first year of the Bachelor's programme offers an introduction to the social sciences and humanities. Students gain theoretical and methodological foundations in the core disciplines of economics, history, humanities, law, political science and sociology. On the regional campuses, first year courses may be approached from a specific geographical perspective, in accordance with the geographical minor of the campus.

In addition to introductory classes, varied and diverse course offerings introduce students to multidisciplinary instruction and the links between academic disciplines and contemporary issues. Such courses include: reading sections, mathematics and statistics classes, exploratory seminars, artistic workshops, and language classes.

Students complement their in-class learning with practical field experiences including group projects, negotiations simulations, and study trips. Under the supervision of a faculty advisor, students kick off their civic learning programme with a one-month professional internship (at the end of the year) in a public, private, or nonprofit context.

Section #programme

First year programme

A block represents a semester-long course of between 24 and 60 hours.

Diagram of the student pathway in the second year of the Bachelor programme

First year programme - accessible version

Section #courses

Course list

English Programme:

French Programme:

Section #steps

Important steps


During course registration: choice of certain classes from overall course list (exploratory seminar, artistic workshops and language classes).

During the first semester: possibility to participate in a group project.

During the second semester:

  • Implementation of the civic learning programme, under the guidance of a faculty advisor through the online workspace. All students will submit a personal mission statement outlining their engagement objectives and will also complete an internship lasting four consecutive weeks during the summer prior to the start of the second year.
  • Students declare their multidisciplinary major to be pursued in the second year.

Pedagogical Support Resources

  • Tutoring sessions are available to help students reinforce their skills in research methodology, language, and audiovisual tools.
  • Digital Skills Training: Sciences Po highly recommends this course, which is designed to help students not only discover but master digital tools and technologies that can be used in both in-class and extracurricular work (classes, internship, student life). The class is optional, but is credit-bearing for those who successfully complete it.

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