Easwari School of Liberal Arts

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

From the HOD's Desk



I am pleased to welcome you to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Easwari School of Liberal Arts, at SRM University-AP, Andhra Pradesh.

The Department offers three programmes: a UG (undergraduate) programme in Sociology and Anthropology, a Minor programme in Sociology and Anthropology and a PhD programme in Sociology and Anthropology.

The four-year undergraduate degree programme is designed in line with the New Education Policy (2020) to encourage and develop different passions and abilities in students. The department also allows students to have multiple exit options, tailor-made to suit the aspirations of those who plan to study abroad for PG programmes in Sociology / Anthropology or other social sciences disciplines. The students can either choose a Three-Year programme with a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology (Major in Sociology and Anthropology) or a Four-Year programme with a B.A. Honours in Sociology and Anthropology with Research. The unique advantage for SRM University-AP graduates is that the students are also allowed to submit a B. A. Dissertation in the fourth year, which is a prerequisite for applying to premier universities in Europe and America.

The Undergraduate programme is designed to cultivate students with a holistic view of the dynamics and nuances of human social and cultural experiences across time and space. Sociology and Anthropology are core disciplines in the human sciences that offer unique opportunities for students to study theories and methodological foundations to understand diverse societies and cultures and their fundamental elements. The Department curriculum is equivalent to that of world-class universities. It helps students acquire academic and research skills and experiences that cultivate the mind and develop them to critically evaluate core knowledge to become responsible human beings with respect for diversity. Applying Sociological and Anthropological approaches, knowledge, and skills to solve local, national and real-world problems gives students a distinct identity. Over the period, Sociology and Anthropology have built unique relationships between the disciplines and gone beyond the stereotypes and encourage to engage with interdisciplinary approaches to critical understanding and analysis of social, cultural, economic, political, environmental, and technological issues and try to provide better policy solutions for the governments, non-governmental organisation and industries both at the National and international levels for the betterment of societies.

The Department's pedagogical methods include modern educational technologies like smart boards (smart screens) for classroom lectures and presentations. The major focus is active learning to engage students with the course material through discussions, problem-solving, case studies, fieldwork-based learning, etc. Students are encouraged to participate in lectures actively. Project-based learning allows the students to work on their area of interest while being guided by experts from the department. The Department also allows the students to collaborate with the teachers to conduct research and other research-based activities.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at SRM University-AP is a vibrant department and faculties with academic training from the Top Global and National Universities in the disciplines of Sociology and Anthropology with specialisation in Social and Cultural Anthropology; Environmental Anthropology, Biodiversity Conservation; Anthropology of Religion; Political Anthropology, Politics of Knowledge; Castes Tribes and Nomadic Peoples; Sociology of Gender; Labour and Urban Sociology; Labour Migration, Livelihoods, Agricultural practices; Sociology of Religion; Work and Health, Health Systems and Policy among others offers diverse research possibilities for Ph.D candidates.

The academic culture in the department and an excellent curriculum at par with other top global and national universities expand students’ horizons, which is beneficial in any career prospects and higher studies.

All the best!

- Dr Bikku
Head of the Department,
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Easwari School of Liberal Arts
SRM University-AP