Interested in social science? You’ll be spoilt for choice
ADMISSIONS ON Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Ambedkar Universities are offering a range of courses in social science and humanities. Apply now as application dates close by August
You might not be able to get a 100% score, but pursuing social science or humanities subjects help in your holistic development thanks to the wide range of subject options. These include history, geography, literature, political science, sociology and psychology. The stream offers career opportunities in teaching, politics, law, social work, counselling, media and journalism, to name a few. Some of the courses are interdisciplinary such as anthropology, archaeology, geology, psychology and liberal arts.
If you are interested in pursuing higher studies in social science, there is a lot to choose when it comes to undergraduate programmes. Some of the prominent universities i n Delhi that are currently inviting applications to courses in social science and humanit i es are Delhi University, Ambedkar University Delhi and Indira Gandhi National Open University.
Delhi University is offering bachelor of arts, bachelor of arts (vocational), bachelor of arts (hons), BA (hons) Arabic, applied psychology, Bengali, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Persian, philosophy, psychology, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Spanish, Urdu, BA (hons) economics, geography, history, political science, social work and sociology under the faculty of arts/humanities/music and fine arts. The university is also offering undergraduate programmes in Hindi patrakarita and journalism under applied social science.
At Ambedkar University Delhi which specialises in offering programmes in social science and humanities, there will be an additional 200 seats at the undergraduate level this year.
According to Professor Sanjay Sharma, dean, students’ serv- ices, AUD, “The Directorate of Higher Education, Delhi government is in the process of handing over the old campus of Deen Dayal Upadhyay College of Delhi University in Karampura (west Delhi) to AUD. AUD proposes to offer four undergraduate programmes in the Karampura campus starting from the academic session of 2016-17. This is subject to the campus being made available in time to AUD. The programmes to be offered at AUD’s Karampura campus are: BA (hons) in economics, BA (hons) in English, BA (hons) in psychology and BA (hons) in social science and humanities. The intake for each BA programme is 50 with the total number of seats available being 200. These four programmes are currently also offered in the Kashmere Gate campus.”
For the undergraduate pro- grammes at AUD, the eligible candidates will be admitted on the basis of marks obtained in Class 12 exams. Separate merit lists will be prepared for both campuses ( Kashmere Gate and Karampura) for each programme. The merit list will be based on preferences for campus provided by each applicant. From this year, the university is extending full waiver of tuition fees to all students belonging to SC, ST, and PwD categories. The university also offers full and partial tuition fee-waivers to students who are in need of support given their economic background. “Students with an annual family income of less than ₹ 6 lakh will be considered for tuition fee-waiver,” says Professor Sharma.
Last year, AUD had six cut-off lists for a few BA programmes. This year, the first list will be declared on July 6. “The cocurricular activities trials/ auditions will be held on July 15, 2016. The admission lists will be kept active till such time that the maximum numbers of seats are filled,” says Professor Sharma.
To be eligible for admission to a BA (hons) programme, you should have passed the Class 12 exams with at least 50% marks (relaxation of 5% of marks for SC/ ST/ PwD) f rom a recognised board. The selection will be based on merit on the basis of marks obtained in Class 12, which will not include any vocational subject.
While c ut - of f s at Delhi U n i ve r s i t y a r e likely to remain high this year too, you can expect a relaxation in the cut-offs at AUD. “The cut-offs in some UG programmes may be lower this time due to the increase in the number of seats,” says Professor Sharma. A number of universities in other states are also inviting applications from aspirants keen on pursuing an undergraduate degree in social science and humanities. Varsities such as Mumbai University, Bangalore University, Panjab University and Rajasthan University run courses in this discipline and are open to applicants.
At Bangalore University, you can opt for the bachelor of arts, bachelor of fine arts, visual arts and bachelor of social work programmes. For admission to undergraduate courses for the academic year 2016-17, you need to contact the concerned affiliated colleges.
Panjab University started an integrated five-year honours programme in social sciences in 2015. Open to 50 students at the undergraduate level, the course provides a multi-disciplinary foundation for an overall perspective on polity, economy and society, with further specialisation at the post graduate level, to inculcate a holistic and interdisciplinary orientation towards the social sciences. There is no entrance or aptitude test for admission to this course. The university also offers a bachelor of arts programme.
Mumbai University is also offering a range of courses in the social science and humanities discipline. These include bachelor of arts, BA programme in film, television and new media production, bachelor of social work, and bachelor of mass media. Deadline for submitting applications is June 22. Rajasthan University also runs courses in this stream such courses such as bachelor of arts. The deadline for submitting applications is June 18.
At Indira Gandhi National Open University, you can apply for the bachelor of arts at the School of Social Sciences for the July 2016 session. Admission to the BA programme is through two streams – non-formal which is for those students who have not passed 10+2 or its equivalent examination. They have to pass bachelor’s preparatory programme of Ignou to qualify for admission to BA and formal stream where admission is done based on your score in 10+2 or its equivalent examination. In order to enable you to complete the bachelor of arts programme within the minimum period of three years, you are allowed to take courses worth 32 credits in each year.
If you want to go for specialised studies of a particular discipline to obtain a BA major, or if you want to pursue the same discipline for your postgraduate studies, you can select courses worth 48 credits from that discipline. In BA, options to do major is available in English, Hindi, Urdu, economics, history, political science, public administration, sociology, psychology, philosophy and mathematics.
I gnou i s also of f ering a bachelor’s degree programme in social work. Persons with professional training/degree in social work generally work in areas such as healthcare, community development, education and industry. The university’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Service Management is running a programme called bachelor of arts in tourism studies. The programme is of 96 credits. The course can be completed in a minimum duration of three years and maximum six years. It is offered in both January and July cycle of admissions. Apply by August 17.
Students at Ambedkar University at Kashmere Gate.