The B.A. Programme course at the University of Delhi remains much sought after. The liberal combination of a number of courses makes it popular amongst aspirants. Here, we provide a brief overview of what a degree in B.A. Programme entails.
Like an honours course, the syllabus of B.A. Programme is divided over a span of 3 years and 6 semesters. A student pursuing this degree appears for 4 examinations in each semester. What makes B.A. Programme unique is the liberality of choices: a student may combine any two courses of their choice. This allows a wider scope of exploration in case a candidate is confused about the way forward after 12th.
A B.A. Programme course emphasizes interdisciplinary studies rather than a single subject-based specialization. Some colleges, like Stephen’s, also offer general coursework of B.A. Programme where the students are taught a number of humanities disciplines together and are not required to choose combinations for themselves.
The foremost components of a B.A. Programme degree is two core courses: these are the discipline specifications that form the base of the degree. Each student is required to choose two discipline-specific courses. Colleges at DU offer a very wide range of options for the same and there is no dearth of combinations. In the first 4 semesters, a student sits for a total of 12 core-based examinations.
The next component is an AECC (Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course) paper for the first year of graduation. It varies from one semester to the next: usually being a language of choice in the first and environmental science in the next. Most colleges allow the students to choose amongst at least 3 languages for this paper. The third component of a B.A. Programme degree is an SEC (Skill Enhancement Course) paper for the second year of graduation. The aim behind the introduction of the SEC was to give some vocational education in their chosen graduate subject to the students. DU offers a range of choices here, but this is usually pre-decided by college administration according to the availability of faculty.
Some of the combinations OF B.A. Programme offered by colleges include:
- Combinations of History, Political Science, Psychology, Geography, Sociology, Philosophy, etc. being very popular choices.
- Combinations of Foreign languages/a wide range of Indian languages including Sanskrit with History, Geography, etc.
- Combination of the above-mentioned disciplines with vocational subjects such as nutrition, entrepreneurship, advertising, etc.
The cut-off lists for B.A. Programme for the year 2020 range very widely, from 98.75 for all combinations at Miranda house, to around 95-97.5 at Hindu College, and from 99.25 at Lady Shri Ram College to 97 at Hansraj College.
St. Stephen’s had commenced its admission process a few weeks back. Aspirants of B.A. Programme at Stephen’s face an interdisciplinary quiz that combines the subject matter of various disciplines of humanities.
B.A. Programme offers various career paths such as MA in chosen disciplines, UPSC, MBA, Business Analytics, Data Scientist, Digital Marketing, LLB, etc.
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