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.

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 - including 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 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 a traditional first-year program sequence at Sciences Po's Le Havre campus.

In year two, students choose from one of three interdisciplinary academic specializations in which to further their studies: 

  • Economy and Society
  • Political Humanities
  • Politics and Government

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 Economics
  • The 19th Century in Europe and Asia: Revolution, Empires, and Nations
  • Comparative Political Institutions
  • Quantitative and Mathematical Methods
  • Political Humanities
Language
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
Optional Courses
  • Sports
  • Arts

Spring

Common Core Curriculum Courses
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Political Humanities
  • Elective Seminar
  • Statistics
  • Artistic Workshop
  • Civic Engagement Project
  • Winter Workshop
Language
  • French
  • Chinese
  • Japanese
  • Korean

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 a traditional first-year program sequence at Sciences Po's Menton campus.

In year two, students choose from one of three interdisciplinary academic specializations in which to further their studies: 

  • Economy and Society
  • Political Humanities
  • Politics and Government

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
  • Introduction to Economics Reasoning: Principles of Economics
  • Law - Political Institutions
  • Math Applied for the Social Sciences
  • Humanities Elective
Languages
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Persian
  • Turkish

Spring

Common Core Curriculum Courses
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Humanities Lecture
  • Elective Seminar
  • Artistic Workshops
  • Civic Engagement Project
Languages
  • French
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Persian
  • Turkish

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 a traditional first-year program sequence at Sciences Po's Reims campus.

In year two, students choose from one of three interdisciplinary academic specializations in which to further their studies: 

  • Economy and Society
  • Political Humanities
  • Politics and Government

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
Arts, Languages & Sports
  • French
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Arts Workshops
  • Sports

Spring

Common Core Curriculum Courses
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Humanities Elective
  • Exploratory Seminar
  • Mathematical & Quantitative Methods Courses
  • Winter School
  • Civil Project Engagement
Arts, Languages & Sports
  • French
  • Arabic
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Arts Workshops
  • Sports