School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Department of Liberal Arts

OVERVIEW

Liberal Arts is one of the erstwhile academic programmes keenly pursued since the age of classical antiquity. SRM University-AP takes a dynamic learning approach enabling one to think from divergent perspectives. The liberal arts discipline has invariably encouraged people to think critically and devise inventive solutions. In modern times, the philosophy behind Liberal Arts education remains the same. Global phenomena such as nationalism, geopolitics, globalisation, climate change, and environmental conservation demand leaders with dynamic knowledge and skillset.

COURSE FRAMEWORK

Liberal Arts is a multifaceted programme introducing students to a diverse array of subjects:

  • Foundational courses (e.g., Introduction to Philosophy)
  • Theory-driven core courses (e.g., Sociology, Anthropology)
  • Application-oriented courses (e.g., Media and Nationalism)
  • Practicum-oriented courses (e.g., Community services, Fieldwork)
  • Research-oriented courses (e.g., Dissertation)

CREDIT DISTRIBUTION

  • BA Liberal Arts (3 years programme - 120 Credits)
  • BA (Honours) Liberal Arts (3 years programme - 140 Credits)
  • BA Liberal Arts with Research (4 years programme - 160 Credits)
  • BA (Honours) Liberal Arts with Research (4 years programme - 180 Credits)

CHOICE-BASED CREDIT SYSTEM (CBCS)

Under the CBCS, students in SRM University-AP have the flexibility to choose courses from other Disciplines/ Schools in the university.

Minors: BA Liberal Arts students can choose minors from other disciplines of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences such as Economics, Psychology, English, History and Journalism.

OPTIONAL 4TH YEAR AND TRAINING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

The three-year Honours programme is extendable to an optional fourth year. The programme is fine-tuned to make the students aware of the cutting-edge research in the Liberal Arts discipline. Further, we train them to prepare for admissions to world-class universities, including the Ivy League institutions, for their higher studies. It also gives them the provision to submit a BA thesis which is a pre-requisite in applying to premier universities in the USA and Europe, facilitating a smooth transition to higher studies without losing an additional year.

LIBERAL ARTS WITH A PURPOSE

The curriculum has been comprehensively designed to meet the requirements of UPSC Examinations, covering almost all aspects of the General Studies papers of both the preliminary and main examinations. Besides, students are also trained for various other national and international competitive exams such as UGC NET, PSC, GRE, and TOEFL.

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