School of Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences (SLABS)

SRM University, AP - Amaravati introduces School of Liberal Arts and Basic Sciences (SLABS). In the 21st century, we are faced with increasingly complex issues and challenges, and tackling these calls for a multi-dimensional thought process and problem solving skills. A fully rounded undergraduate education is essential to prepare students to develop such skills, and the liberal arts education offered at SRM SLABS aims to do exactly the same.

SLABS at SRM offers a multidisciplinary undergraduate programme by exposing students to many different perspectives in and out of the classroom. Rather than restricting students to courses in a particular discipline such as Economics or Physics or Commerce, SRM’s SLABS allows students to take courses across disciplines such as Physical and Natural Sciences, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences. The Bachelor’s degree from SRM SLABS offers courses that are broadly divided into two categories – Foundation Courses and Major Courses. In additions students will also have the option of pursuing courses in a field which they choose to Minor in. Our course structure allows students to pursue a range of courses across disciplines thereby enhancing their breadth of knowledge and at the same time students get to pursue courses in their chosen field of specialization thereby enhancing their depth of knowledge. This way, the program is premised with a view to ensure that knowledge is not restricted into disciplinary silos.

The multidisciplinary approach of a liberal arts programme and the interactive manner in which classes are conducted, develops in students a spirit of inquiry, critical thinking and analysis as well as verbal and written communication skills. In-class discussions, field trips, presentations, movies and hands-on assignments are some of the ways in which students are exposed to multiple facets of an issue and encouraged to explore.

SRM University, AP - Amaravati will achieve excellence by way of its top flight faculty in the various disciplines drawn from India and across the world - both full time teachers residing in the campus, spending their time both inside and outside the classrooms and a host of Visiting Professors with expertise on the subjects included in the curriculum.

A library matching the best ones in universities across the world with books/journals in print and electronic is one of the features of SRM University AP, Amaravati. The University will also host extra-mural lectures and colloquiums by academicians and practitioners in the various fields of knowledge so that knowledge is not shackled by disciplinary silos and restricted to class-rooms and examinations.'

Programs offered and course structure

The school, beginning its first batch in 2018, will offer B.A., B.B.A., B.Com and B.Sc. programs across 12 departments – History, Economics, Commerce, English, Journalism, Psychology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Business Studies, Biology and Computer Science.

The programs will be multidisciplinary in nature, structured in a manner that students will be able to take courses from a diverse range of disciplines. Students will pursue foundation courses from across 6-7 disciplines, departmental core courses, departmental electives and general electives. In addition to pursuing a Major, students also have the option to Minor in a discipline outside of their area of Major.

Program duration: 3 years + 1 additional year (optional) resulting in a Diploma/Certificate.

Associate Dean, SLABS, Prof. Shailender Swaminathan - the value of electives