Course Profile: All About Philosophy Honours

Philosophy Honours is a degree that allows one to fully explore their intellectual horizons and study unorthodox ideas while challenging themselves.

The bachelor’s degree of Philosophy Honors offered by the University of Delhi (DU) makes you think and challenges you in all the right ways. It enables you to ask questions and equips you to tackle situations in a rational as well as moral way. It helps you learn from the past to improve the future.

Did Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet or Thus Spake Zarathustra by Nietzsche change the way you look at things? Did Bhagvad Gita interest you so much that you go back to it again and again? Do you find yourself questioning the ideas of differences between perception and reality and your own existence? If you’re a curious person who is open to new ideas and wish to study a subject which pushes you to think out-of-the-box, Philosophy is just the subject for you.

University of Delhi offers Honors in Philosophy in many of its colleges like Daulat Ram College, Dyal Singh College, Gargi College, Hindu College, IP College for Women, Janki Devi Memorial College, Kamala Nehru College, Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Lakshmi Bai College, Mata Sundri College for Women, Miranda House, Ramanujan, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College for Women, and Zakir Husain.

The previous year cut-off for general category students was 94% to 79%, for SC it was 91% to 60%, ST had 91% to 60% and for OBC it was 92% to 65%. The 2016 cut-off for general category students was 95% to 79%, for SC it was 92.5% to 58%, ST had 92.5% to 50%, and for OBC it was 93% to 60%.

The topics that Philosophy (H) covers are relevant to today’s context. The core subjects under it include Greek Philosophy, Indian Philosophy, Western Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Analytic Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Language.

Philosophy makes you explore the ‘why’ of things. It makes you analyze the way you think about them. It helps you to go to the root of how arguments are formed, how to differentiate between right arguments and wrong ones while analyzing the different forms of arguments and factors involved in creating those arguments. “The reading about the various philosophers and philosophies that exist creates a sense of flexibility in one’s mind about ideas and concepts. This course just helps you put into words, explanations about many ideas and concepts which seem mundane or irrelevant in daily life.” says M. Nithya Kirti, a Philosophy Honors student from Hindu College. “It also leads to improved logical reasoning, more structured and categorical way of thinking, sensitivity to spiritualism, intellectual creativity and a critical and more productive thought process.” adds Vedant Dev Sharma, a second year Philosophy Honors student from Hindu College.

The future prospects of a Philosophy student are tremendous and varied. Law, Public Policy, Diplomacy, Research Consultant, Civil Services, Creative Writing, Human Resources, Journalism, you name it. There isn’t a limit to what one can do after graduating with a Philosophy Honors degree. Overall, its one of the most practical arts subjects and is very rewarding. Initially, it may seem hard to grasp the concepts but when you try to make a sense out of it with today’s context and beliefs, the course can be a joy.


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Disha Saxena

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