Academics at Sciences Po

As a Dual BA Program student you’ll begin your college education by spending two years at one of three Sciences Po campuses, each of which is devoted to a particular region of the world and offers a heavy linguistic and cultural focus:

  • Le Havre — Located on the Normandy Coast and focusing on Asia, with language instruction in Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, and Korean.
     
  • Menton — Located on the French Riviera and focusing on the Mediterranean countries and the Middle East, with language instruction in Arabic*, Hebrew, Italian, Spanish, and Turkish.
     
  • Reims — Located in the Champagne region and offering programs that focus on either North America or Africa, the Transatlantic campus offers language instruction in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swahili. Students in Reims focus on relations between Europe and Africa or Europe and North America during their first two years.

*Students in Menton follow an academic program that attaches special significance to studying social sciences of the Middle East and Mediterranean regions, including a commitment to learning Arabic, a required language of study for all students on this campus.

About half of each campus’ student body comes from the region of focus, with other international and French students comprising the other half, ensuring that you will be part of a diverse campus community.

Dual BA Program students will earn a Bachelor of Arts in the Social Sciences from Sciences Po, and a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University.

Classes

With the exception of the Euro-Africa program in Reims, the majority of Sciences Po courses are taught in English, with additional instruction provided in French and the living languages spoken in the region of focus. In the Euro-Africa program, courses are taught in a mixture of French and English, and all admitted students to this program must be fully fluent in both languages.

At Sciences Po, classes are small, with a high participation level. Students are required to do many in-class presentations, and learning via practical application is emphasized. Both second-year students and professors help to acculturate new students to this pedagogical method.

Summer Opportunities

Internships

Sciences Po has connections with the outside community that can lead to student internships, and Dual BA students will have access to Sciences Po Service Carrières, which provides career education services, including posting internship offers.

Summer School

Sciences Po invites students from around the world - incoming Dual BA Program students - to Reims and Paris for an introduction to college life and academics at the University in June and July. Learn more about Summer School at Sciences Po.

Graduate School

Graduates of the Dual BA Program, like all Sciences Po alumni, are guaranteed a spot in a master’s program at Sciences Po.

Academic Program

Below is an overview of the academic program students will follow to obtain their degrees. Course information is available on the Sciences Po website.

Year 1

  • Students arrive at Sciences Po’s campuses in Le Havre, Menton, and Reims to participate in the Welcome Program prior to the start of classes, including meetings with the academic and administrative leadership for orientation and other advising matters.
  • Students begin classes following the curriculum and requirements established for the Collège Universitaire.

Year 2

  • Students will meet with their Columbia University academic advisor to discuss how to best select elective courses based on their predicted choice of major at Columbia.
  • Students complete their Collège Universitaire core, major, and elective requirements at their campus.

Year 3

  • Students arrive at Columbia and receive their Entrance Credit Report (ECR), which lists their transfer credits.
  • Students meet with their advisors and learn which of the core requirements have been fulfilled by their Sciences Po coursework.
  • Students declare a major and meet with their department’s director of undergraduate studies to determine which major requirements have been fulfilled by their Sciences Po coursework.
  • Students begin classes, working toward meeting core and major requirements not fulfilled by transfer credit.

Year 4

  • Students complete their core and major requirements and participate in the Class Day and Commencement graduation ceremonies at Columbia.

Sample Traditional Program Sequence

There are many ways to design an academic program and schedule that best meets a student's needs, however, the following is a common example of an traditional program sequence at Sciences Po, Le Havre.

For further details on specific courses and credit requirements, please refer to the Sciences Po website for detailed descriptions of the year one and year two academic plans.

Year 1

Fall

Common Core Curriculum Courses
  • Introduction to Economic Reasoning: Principles of Economics
  • The 19th Century in Europe and Asia: Revolution, Empires, and Nations
  • Comparative Political Institutions
  • Quantitative and Mathematical Methods
  • Literary Humanities
Language
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
Optional Courses
  • Sports
  • Arts

Spring

Common Core Curriculum Courses
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Political Humanities
  • China Nowadays
  • Statistics
  • Winter Workshop
Language
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
Optional Courses

Same as previous semester.

Year 2

Fall

Required Courses
  • Political Institutions
  • Politics and Societies in Southeast Asia
  • Artistic Workshop
  • Comparative Constitutionalism: West vs. East
  • Antic History
  • Economic Models in Asia
Elective Courses (choose one)
  • Mathematics for Economics
  • History of Art
  • Financial Markets
Language

Same as previous semester.

Optional Courses

Same as previous semester.


Spring

Required Courses
  • 20th Century European and Asian History
  • European Institutions and Policies
  • India and the World
  • Artistic Workshop
  • Spring Workshop
  • Law OR History OR European Economic Policies
Elective Courses (choose one)
  • European Literature
  • Geopolitics of Health
  • Financial Markets
  • Sociology of Sports
  • Defense & Security in Eurasia
  • Religion and Societies
Language

Same as previous semester.

Optional Courses

Same as previous semester.

There are many ways to design an academic program and schedule that best meets a student's needs, however, the following is a common example of an traditional program sequence at Sciences Po, Menton.

For further details on specific courses and credit requirements, please refer to the Sciences Po website for detailed descriptions of the year one and year two academic plans.

Year 1

Fall

Common Core Curriculum Courses
  • History of the 19th Century
  • Core Economics
  • Law - Political Institutions
  • Math Applied for the Social Sciences
Languages
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Persian
  • Turkish
Humanities
  • Introduction to Arab Islamic Civilization
  • Reading Seminar

Spring

Common Core Curriculum Courses
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Statistics
  • East in the West: Arab Politics and Culture in Europe
Languages
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Persian
  • Turkish
Art & Humanities
  • Introduction to Arab Islamic Civilization
  • Reading Seminar
  • Calligraphy
  • Design
  • Debating

Year 2

Fall

Required Courses
  • Field/Experience Internship
  • Language within the Arab Revolution
  • US Foreign Policy: Obama and the Arab Revolutions
  • Turkey and Europe: Entangled Histories
  • Art Workshop
Concentration Courses (choose one)
  • Constitutional Law of the States and Small Jurisdictions Mediterranean
  • Macroeconomics of the Middle East
  • The Arab Cinemas: A Historical Political Panorama
Elective Courses (choose one)
  • Political Sociology and Geopolitics of Contemporary Italy
  • Democratic Change and Authoritarian Resilience in North Africa
  • Orientalism in Art History: Overview and Focus
  • “The Arabian Nights”: Influence of Oriental Tales in the Mediterranean
  • History and Sociology of Saudi Arabia
Language
  • Arabic
  • French
Optional Courses

Same as previous semester.


Spring

Required Courses
  • International History of the 20th Century
  • Foreign Policy of the Arab States
  • Sociology of the Arab State
  • Introduction to Middle East Law
  • Introduction to International Theory
  • Islam and Globalization OR Contemporary Israel
  • Art Workshop
Concentration Courses (choose one)
  • Business Law in the Mediterranean Region
  • Political Economy of the Middle East
  • War of Memory: A Perpetual Enmity between East and West?
Elective Courses (choose one)
  • Political Economy of the Caucasus and Central Asia
  • Arab Media
  • Analysis of Political Discourse
  • Introduction to Advertising
  • Political Economy of Globalization
Language
  • Arabic
  • French
Optional Courses

Same as previous semester.

There are many ways to design an academic program and schedule that best meets a student's needs, however, the following is a common example of an traditional program sequence at Sciences Po, Reims.

For further details on specific courses and credit requirements, please refer to the Sciences Po website for detailed descriptions of the year one and year two academic plans.

Year 1

Fall

Common Core Curriculum Courses
  • Political Institutions
  • Core Economics
  • History (XIXth Century)
  • Math Applied for the Social Sciences
Additional Core Courses
  • Good vs. Evil: Plato vs. Machiavelli
  • Private Vices, Public Virtues
  • State Neutrality, from Tolerance to Nihilism
Arts, Languages & Sports
  • French
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Arts Workshops
  • Sports

Spring

Common Core Curriculum Courses
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Humanities: Violence, Pity, and Shame
  • Exploratory Seminar - Liberty and Security: Modern Expressions of an Age-Old Tension
  • Mathematical & Quantitative Methods Courses
  • Winter School
Arts, Languages & Sports
  • French
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Arts Workshops
  • Sports

Year 2

Fall

Required Courses
  • Introduction to Common Law System
  • Introduction to World Politics
  • Law OR Economics OR History
  • Perspectives: Theorizing Gender in a Transnational World
  • Contemporary Issues in U.S. Constitutional Law & Government
  • Arts Workshop
Electives (choose one)
  • Local Public Policy & Democratic Issues
  • The Great Britain-U.S. Relationship
Language/Language-Related Courses (choose one)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Pre & Post Celtic Tiger: The Crisis from an Irish Perspective
  • Putting Your Voice to the Words: Oral Interpretation and Analysis
  • Negotiation, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution

Spring

Required Courses
  • 20th Century Comparative History, U.S.-Europe
  • Scientific Humanities
  • Law OR Economics OR History
  • Sociology OR Political Science
  • Arts Workshop
  • Transatlantic Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities
  • Afghanistan: History & Geopolitics
Language/Language-Related Courses
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • English for Communication Skills
  • Debating Skills