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:
(Semester Abroad, Optional)
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 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.
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.
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.