UBC: Years 3 and 4

After completing your first two years at Sciences Po, you will make the move to Vancouver, where you will complete your third and fourth years at UBC Vancouver in your chosen specialization.

The Faculty of Arts at UBC

UBC’s Faculty of Arts is a research-intensive faculty, encompassing a full range of courses in the social sciences, humanities, and creative and performing arts. As a Dual Degree student, you’ll be prepared to major in one of five areas at UBC.

History – Offers a range of courses on Asian, Canadian, European, Latin American, and American history. Many are organized thematically: focuses include cultural, environmental, political, social, urban or world history, and the history of science.

Sociology – Home to several important journals in the field, the Department of Sociology focuses heavily on research.

Political Science – Leaders in International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Canadian Politics, and US Politics. Students graduate with understanding of the forces that shape law, society, the economy, international relations, and the politics of the future.

Geography – Consistently ranked in the top 10 in the world, the Department of Geography links the humanities, social sciences, biological, and physical sciences. Offers streams in sustainability, environment, geographical sciences, and human geography.

The interdisciplinary International Relations program fosters an in-depth understanding of global affairs by combining the insights and perspectives of different disciplines such as Economics, History, Political Science, Geography, Anthropology, and Asian Studies with the study of languages.

Other Areas of Specialization

You can also choose to apply for specializations offered by the Vancouver School of Economics, a global centre for research about pressing economic issues. The VSE is consistently ranked the top economics school in Canada and among the top 25 worldwide. Students from more than 50 countries learn from leading experts in economics, finance and international trade. Dual Degree students interested in the Economics major should account for three years of study at UBC to complete all requirements, due to the sequence of prerequisite courses required for advanced study in the discipline.

The Faculty of Arts offers a diverse array of specializations. If you are interested in another area of study, it may be possible to choose a specialization outside of the five programs listed above, in consultation with the program advisor. The Faculty of Arts offers different types of specializations, and you can choose to add a double or combined major, a minor, or apply for an honours program.

Experiential Learning at UBC

As an Arts undergraduate, your learning may begin in the classroom, but it shouldn’t stop there. Taking the initiative to become involved in programs, clubs, and other extracurricular activities is an important part of your undergraduate experience at UBC. The Faculty of Arts offers many learning experiences and involvement opportunities that act as stepping stones for future careers, and enhance learning beyond the classroom.

What are my options?

Programs such as Arts Co-op and Arts Internship allow you to gain work experience that will help to connect your major to your career goals and build your resume.

International and Community-Based Learning programs provide you with hands-on experiences and allow you to challenge yourself in a new learning environment. Applying your course-based knowledge in a real-world context can help develop your areas of interest and allow for a better understanding of the kind of work you may want to pursue.

Taking part in leadership opportunities such as Peer Programs, Orientations, and Peer Academic Support will allow you to network with students, faculty and staff. Developing strong connections will improve your interpersonal skills and can provide you with contacts for future career opportunities.

Leading a Student-Directed Seminar allows you to take control of your learning and share your own unique interests with other students. Becoming involved with Research in Arts allows you to make contributions to a specific field and develop practical and relevant skills for the future.

Explore your interest with a student-run club or association and interact with like-minded individuals. These extra-curricular commitments are a fun way to build your resume and grow your networks.