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B.A. (Hons.) Liberal Arts and Humanities

Start Date

01 August 2022
End Date
31 July 2025
Duration
3 Years

Programme Fee (Yearly)

Rs. 6 Lacs

Course Structure

The foundational courses such as mathematics, history, sociology, expressive and creative arts, literature, languages and writing are firmly anchored in the liberal arts tradition. Each of these liberal arts courses is taught at JSLH and will engage the students in practices of enquiry and contemplation, which are necessary for the creation of knowledge and learning in the field of humanities and social sciences.

Our teaching methods of liberal arts education foster self-knowledge and empower the individual to deal with an increasingly globalised world. These methods include critical thinking, creative problem solving, community engagement and appreciation of diversity, which are embedded in our B.A. Hons liberal arts curriculum and will allow the students to become informed citizens.

For a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Liberal Arts and Humanities, students must complete at least 150 credits to graduate which are covered in the following sub-sections:

  • Foundation courses (19) – 76 Credits
  • Major Courses (10) – 40 Credits
  • Cross-listed elective (6) – 24 Credits
  • Internship (04) – 10 Credits

Course Curriculum

1st Year

Semester 1

  • Interdisciplinary Studies-1
  • Environmental Studies
  • Expressive Arts-1
  • Quantitative Skills-1
  • Spanish 1
  • Communication Skills-1

Semester 2

  • Social Science
  • Economics
  • Communication Skills-2
  • Expressive Arts-2
  • Spanish-2
  • Interdisciplinary Studies-2
  • History

2nd Year

Semester 3

  • Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Literature
  • Quantitative Skills-2
  • Interdisciplinary Studies-3
  • Psychology
  • 1 JSLH Cross Elective

Semester 4

  • 4 Major Courses
  • 2 JSLH Cross Electives

3rd Year

Semester 5

(Semester Abroad, Optional)

  • Thesis Seminar-1
  • 3 Major Courses
  • 2 JSLH Cross Electives

Semester6

  • Thesis Seminar-2
  • 1 Major Course
  • 2 JSLH Cross Electives

Majors List

All students of Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities pursuing the three-year B.A. Hons degree will graduate with a specialisation in one of eleven areas:

The major in Economics gives liberal arts students a preliminary understanding of concepts and applications of the subject, both as a medium of theoretical inquiry of the society’s sharing of resources, as well as practical determinant of carving out policies. The course will discuss both microeconomics and macroeconomics as distinct yet tied up disciplines of understanding how and why humans make decisions, and to what extent government’s policies affect, impact or channel these decisions.
An Environment and Sustainable Development (ESD) major from a liberal arts background helps students to understand social, economic, geopolitical, and environmental considerations of issues ranging from climate change to ecosystem health to population growth and social responsibilities. Liberal arts students will be able to effectively communicate environmental messages and take stewardship of setting up green start-ups, become advocates of carbon credits, find sustainable fuel resources, fight climate change, and more importantly work towards ensuring our existence on the planet.

The major in expressive arts is an interdisciplinary programme which integrates hands-on training with the study of the theory, history and sociology of the arts. While exposing the liberal arts students to contemporary art practices, this unique major, offered among the liberal arts subjects, will emphasise the social location of artworks and will encourage them to explore their social, cultural and political surrounding.

Sociology and anthropology are theoretical as well as empirical humanities disciplines. They provide us with knowledge of the many social patterns and alternatives that exist in the world, and a variety of theoretical lenses which can be used to study how people actually live in different social and cultural settings. Students of the B.A. Hons. Liberal Arts programme in this major study various social patterns that exist in this world and understand how the parts of society fit together and change with time, using concepts such as time, space, structure, agency, representation.

Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions about existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. Liberal arts students majoring in Philosophy would read about ethics; philosophy of religion; existentialism; philosophical roots of anthropology, sociology, psychology and history; and political philosophy from Indian and western perspectives. This major will improve the mental agility of the students by giving them the ideological/philosophical provenance to many of the issues that today’s world faces to help them situate themselves better vis-à-vis the rest of the world.

The History Major at JSLH will give students an opportunity to explore India’s ancient and more recent past, along with the history of other civilisations. It would offer them a first-hand experience of historians’ work – from fieldwork and archival research to the production of an original piece of reflection. It will also expose them to the different schools of historical thought. As students of history, they will learn to expand their horizons, detach themselves from the immediate environment, and step into the shoes of men and women who lived and thought differently from us.
The major in International Business at JSLH is designed to provide liberal arts students with the knowledge, capabilities and skills to manage a global enterprise in the 21st century. It exposes the students to concepts and skills related to business operations, technology and information systems, creation of global value, examine business issues and problems through critical thinking. The faculty promotes and recognises creativity and innovation to develop and execute effective business strategies.
The Literary Studies major at JSLH undertakes the scholarly study of different kinds of literature written in English across the world, over the course of its history. The major aims to impart the important skills of critical reading and thinking, analysis, synthesis and creativity, critique, and reflective writing on, and sometimes of, literature — as form, text, edition and publication, hyper-text or another category. Additionally, liberal arts students are also trained to read literary and other cultural texts such as film and new media through the lens of different schools of literary criticism and theory.

Psychology’s core focus is the human mind and behaviour, and the various internal and external factors that control and regulate both. This is an integral perspective to all liberal arts courses and beyond. The students who will major in Psychology will learn how people relate one to another; how they learn, remember and see the world; what prompts them to act or choose not to act; how they grow into their identities and process of aging.

The Political Science major will provide students with a comprehensive view of the concepts and theories on Indian and western political thought, world politics, global foreign policy analysis, political sociology, and conflict analysis and peace building. There will be detailed discussions on the evolution of the state; the development of notions such as freedom, justice and sovereignty; debates on individual and human rights and citizenship; electoral processes; constitutional imperatives; division of power within branches of governments; social and political movements.
Psychology’s core focus is the human mind and behaviour, and the various internal and external factors that control and regulate both. This is an integral perspective to all liberal arts courses and beyond. The students who will major in psychology will learn how people relate one to another; how they learn, remember and see the world; what prompts them to act or choose not to act; how they grow into their identities and process of aging.

Self-Designed Major

Students who have a strong academic record and feel that their desired course of study does not fit into these majors may opt for a self-designed major. This major is designed by the student in consultation with two faculty directors of Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities. Some past Self-Designed majors have included Art History and Literature, International Relations, Environmental Psychology, Psychology, and Expressive Arts.

All our majors are designed to meet international standards and reflect the best trends in liberal arts course design globally and consist of eight humanities courses plus two thesis seminars for a total of forty credits.