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Liberal Arts & Sciences

BA Arts (Humanities & Social Sciences)

3 years

€0 - 13000 pa

Programme profile

This programme is multidisciplinary and provides a solid intellectual grounding with a strong emphasis on methodological approaches.The goal of the programme is to give students a comparative understanding of the European and North-American political systems, through training in the five disciplines of law, economics, political science, history and sociology. The educational objectives of this programme include developing students" negotiating and decision-making skills through effective oral and written expression, teamwork and the use of information and communication technologies.

The programme also includes several hours a week of language classes, the objective being for all students to be English-French bilingual at the end of the first two years. German, Italian and Spanish are taught as supplementary languages.

The educational programme  includes a common core of social sciences courses - law, economics, history, political science, humanities and sociology, a major:

- Economy & Society
- Political Humanities
- Politics & Government

as well as specialised courses according to specific regional focuses:

- Central and Eastern Europe on the Dijon campus (taught through French)
- ​Asia & Pacific on the Le Havre campus (taught through English)
- ​​Middle-East & Mediterranean on the Menton campus (taught through English )
- ​Europe & Franco-German Region on the Nancy campus (taught through French)
- ​​Latin America on the Poitiers campus
(taught through French)
- ​North America or Africa on the Reims campus (taught through English)
- The Paris Campus - a general social sciences programme (taught through French)

Undergraduate students spend the first two years on one of Sciences Po’s seven campuses in France, and are then required to spend their third year abroad studying in one of Sciences Po's 478 partner universities.

Bursaries are available that can significantly reduce fees. Nearly one in three students receives a full-fee scholarship

Programme content

Year 1 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 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: 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.

second year is dedicated to more advanced study of fundamental disciplines introduced in the first year – and their accompanying theories and methodologies. Students continue to complete the compulsory core curriculum and begin coursework for their chosen major. Courses in the major may be linked to a regional concentration and taught in one of the languages spoken in the region of focus of the campus.

The core curriculum consists of one module chosen by the student from a choice of law, economics, political science or sociology; one module in “Political History of the 20th Century” linked to the student’s regional concentration; one multidisciplinary module examining the economic, social and political impacts of digital technology, “Introduction to Digital Culture”; and one module dedicated to the interaction between science and contemporary society, “Science and Societies”; artistic workshops; and language classes.

All students complement their in-class learning with field experience including group projects, negotiations simulations, and study trips.

Year 3:
The third year is a mandatory year abroad, either as an internship or a period of study at a partner university, following the same programme as students at the host university. Partner universities include Harvard, Princeton, Columbia, UC Berkeley, University of British Columbia, McGill, University of Toronto, MGIMO (Moscow), Free University Berlin, or Bocconi (Milan).

During their third year or the following summer term, students are required to write a senior research thesis either on an academic topic if they are in a partner university, or in the form of an internship report [if they opted to do a long internship in a company].

Dual Degrees
Students can obtain dual degrees by spending at least a year at one the following universities, with a second degree being awarded by these universities:

Columbia University (2 years in Sciences Po and 2 years in Columbia)
Freie Universität Berlin
Keio University (Japan)
National University of Singapore
University of British Columbia (2 years in Sciences Po and 2 years in UBC)
University of California Berkeley (2 years in Sciences Po and 2 years in UCB)
University College London (2 years in Sciences Po and 2 years in UL)
University of Hong Kong (2 years in Sciences Po and 2 years in UHK)
University of Sydney

(Dual degree students must pay the applicable tuition fees for thir 1 or 2 years, to their host institution)


Po Sciences offers a range of Masters programmes taught in English and French.

Entry Requirements

3 A-levels and 3 GCSEs

Six subjects at Leaving Certificate including at least two 2 at H5




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