The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences: two new interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees
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As of September 2021, Sciences Po will be offering two new dual undergraduate degrees combining liberal arts and sciences. The newest of the university’s Bachelor of Arts and Sciences programmes, these brand new dual degrees are run in partnership with Université de Paris. They give students the opportunity to pair study of the social sciences with either mathematics, in the “Algorithms and Decisions” track, or life sciences, in the “Politics of Life and Identities”' track. Both degrees last four years and are taught in Paris, on the campuses of each partner university.
Sciences Po’s Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BASc) welcomed its first students in September 2020. The degree has now been enriched with the addition of two new tracks to choose from:
- The “Algorithms and Decisions” programme, combining the humanities and social sciences with maths at Université de Paris (UFR Mathematics degree).
- The “Politics of Life and Identities” programme, combining the humanities and social sciences with life sciences at Université de Paris (UFR Life Sciences degree).
There are now a total of four innovative and interdisciplinary dual undergraduate degrees on offer. The most recent tracks join those that opened in 2020: “Politics of the Earth” with the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, and “Environment, Society and Sustainability”, with the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne.
Innovative teaching with an interdisciplinary focus
Students on the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences take courses in key disciplines at Sciences Po and at the partner university, as well as courses specifically designed by academics from multiple disciplines. New course units prioritise learning through research, challenge and problem-solving, using interactive teaching methods that incorporate field work, debates and negotiation simulations.
Watch our interview with Nicolas Benvegnu, Director of the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, prior to the launch of the programme in 2020:
Two new interdisciplinary dual degrees co-designed with Université de Paris
- Students on the dual Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Mathematics, specialising in “Algorithms and Decisions”, take courses in the social sciences at Sciences Po, courses for the Bachelor of Mathematics at Université de Paris (covering algebra, analysis, mathematical reasoning, introduction to programming etc.), as well as courses that merge both fields. These encourage students to take a cross-cutting view of mathematical principles, and the individual or collective choices linked to them, by considering, for example, numerical power structures or the role of risk and chance in public decision-making.
- The dual Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences and Life Sciences, specialising in “Politics of Life and Identities”, addresses the bioethical challenges raised by shifts in and manipulations of natural life. It explores biomedical research guided by current health policy, genetics and epigenetics, reproduction and procreation, and neuroscience. Students study life sciences at Université de Paris (molecular and cell biology, biodiversity and the evolution of living organisms, genetics etc.) and social sciences at Sciences Po. Issues at the intersection of human biology and political or social structures are explored through specific courses designed to unite the two disciplines (genetics and bioethics, the role of life sciences in biomedical research and so on).
Four dual degrees now open on Parcoursup
The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences is designed for undergraduates who perform as brilliantly in hard science subjects as in the humanities and social sciences. In their applications, students should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in tackling some of the key challenges facing societies today from a new and interdisciplinary perspective.
At the end of four years of study, one of which is spent abroad, students graduate with a Bachelor of Sciences (Life Sciences, Earth Sciences or Mathematics) from the partner institution and a Bachelor of Arts from Sciences Po. They will then have the option of continuing their studies within a science, social science or interdisciplinary Master’s programme. There are approximately 100 places available on the BASc for the academic year 2021-2022.
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