Academic Policies

Academic Policies

Columbia Credit for Academic Work at Sciences Po

Dual BA students work with their Columbia academic and major advisors to determine how their coursework at Sciences Po will be credited toward their Columbia studies. General policies regarding the transfer of academic credit can be found on the GS website. In general, three types of credit are assigned: elective credit toward the Columbia B.A. degree, credit toward the major, and credit toward the Core Curriculum.

Credit toward the Columbia B.A. Degree

Students will receive up to 60 of the 124 points required for graduation at Columbia for coursework completed at Sciences Po. Students must earn a grade of 11 or higher at Sciences Po to receive transfer credit towards the Columbia degree. Students can earn credit for fall, spring, and summer term courses. Spring School and Winter School courses, which are considered "mini" courses, are not transferable to Columbia.

Credit toward the Major

Credit toward the major at the point of the commencement of Columbia coursework is determined in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the academic department where the student plans to declare a major. Students should consult the academic requirements enumerated on the major page for details; majors at Columbia range in required credit count from 29 to 88. Students should expect to complete the majority of the requirements for their Columbia major at Columbia; however, in some cases, students can receive credit toward the major for Sciences Po coursework.

Common majors and course credit guidelines for Dual BA Program can be found here; please note that this list is subject to change and expansion.

Credit toward the Core Curriculum

The GS Core requirements provide the foundation for a traditional liberal arts education, assuring that students develop critical skills in writing and quantitative reasoning while exposing them to a range of knowledge and disciplines.

  • Art Humanities: All Sciences Po students must complete this course at Columbia.
     
  • Contemporary Civilization/Social Sciences (six points of coursework): Because Sciences Po is specialized in the social sciences, most courses taken at Sciences Po can be applied toward this requirement.
     
  • Global Core (six points of coursework): Many courses taken at Sciences Po can be applied toward this requirement. The following Sciences Po courses count toward the Global Core; this list is not, however, exhaustive.
    AHIS 1101 The Middle East and The Mediterranean: Crisis and Hope
    AHIS 1330 Comparative History of Europe and Asia (1789-1910)
    BAFF 1210 India and the World
    BECO 1590 Political Economy of the Middle East
    BCIV 1215 Introduction to the Study of Islam
    BHIS 1460 Introduction to the Contemporary Middle East
    BIPO 1235 Politics and Societies in Northeast Asia
    BIPO 1255 Politics and Societies in South Asia
    BSPO 1415 Islam and Globalization
    ECON 4325 Economic Development of Japan
    HIST 1450 Les Ameriques Latines
    MEAS 1235 Introduction to the Arab World
    BHIS 1450 History of the Mediterranean
    POLS 1305 Politics and Societies in Southeast Asia
    SOCI 1645 The Insular Caribbean
  • Language (four terms or the equivalent): This requirement is typically fulfilled through French language fluency, demonstrated or achieved at Sciences Po. 

  • Literature/Humanities (six points of coursework, half of which must be taken at Columbia): Many courses taken at Sciences Po, including any history course, can be applied toward this requirement.
     
  • Music Humanities: All Dual BA Program students must complete this course at Columbia.
     
  • Quantitative Reasoning (one term or the equivalent): This requirement can be satisfied through the French Baccalauréat, SAT or ACT. BMAT1005 also satisfies this requirement.
     
  • Science (three terms or the equivalent): This requirement can be satisfied or partially satisfied through the French Baccalauréat, depending on stream. The following courses completed at Sciences Po can be used toward the fulfillment of this requirement:
    • Calculus I
    • Calculus III
    • Statistics
       
  • University Writing: All Dual BA Program students must complete this course at Columbia.