Ashoka University- Liberal Arts Course

Students serious in their academic pursuits should enrol for undergraduate programmes at Ashoka University which is one of the most prestigious universities in India. The Liberal Arts programme at Ashoka University focuses on inter-disciplinary learning with an approach to equip students with a skillset to excel in multi-cultural and a multi-lingual workplace. At Ashoka University, the academic programmes are designed in a manner that fosters intellectual curiosity and critical thinking. The rigorous educational programmes instil open-mindedness and inspire students to have a problem-solving approach, thereby making them resilient and tolerant. Students study a vast array of subjects that helps them to develop analytical bent of mind, thereby improving their sensibilities towards society.
Admission Process at Ashoka University:-
Ashoka University endeavours to enroll students with a holistic approach.
  • In the first step of selection process to Ashoka University’s undergraduate programme, students have to submit academic scores of class 10th and 12th. The test scores of SAT/ACT are taken into consideration along with a personal essay, letter of recommendation and record of other extra- curricular activities.
  • The second step in the admission process comprises Ashoka Aptitude Test followed by an essay and finally the personal interview round.
  • Finally, the selected students for the undergraduate programmes are sent a confirmation offer letter or a conditional offer letter.
Ashoka University -  Ashoka Aptitude Test (AAT)
In Ashoka Aptitude Test, students have to attempt 40 questions (multiple- choice). The given questions in the AAT check a student’s analytical skills, computation skills and reasoning skills. Questions cover areas related to numerical and spatial reasoning, and some questions could be based on critical reasoning area. Out of 40 questions, 20 are problem-solving questions, and 20 are critical thinking questions. Time Management is very crucial in the entrance examination. Students should be proficient in understanding the difficulty level of the questions and attempting them in the allotted time.
Course Structure at Ashoka University:-
Students interested to pursue Bachelors at Ashoka University have to pass courses that fall under three categories namely, Foundation Course, Major course and Co-Curricular course.
  • Foundation course:- Students have to study at least 7 Foundation Courses. There are different courses that fosters various styles of thinking in the inter-disciplinary areas. Seminars are conducted to enrich the academic programme which students have to attend during the course of their studies. The first seminar titled “Introduction to Critical Thinking” is conducted in the first semester itself. Students during their second semester add on to their knowledge quotient by participating in another seminar titled “Critical Thinking Seminar”. Students benefit in two ways, firstly their critical thinking abilities improves and secondly they are able to put forth their ideas in a better manner thereby improving their communication skills.
List of Foundation Courses
Literature and the World
Social and Political Formations
Principles of Science
Environmental Studies & Indian Civilizations
Great Books
Introduction to Mathematical Thinking
Mind & Behaviour
Majors:- Students will receive a Bachelor’s degree in their chosen area of specialization. Students need to complete 12 courses earn a Major’s degree in that subject.
Degree offered
List of subjects for Majors:
B.Sc. Hons.
B.Sc. Hons.
Computer Science
B.A. Hons.
B.A. Hons.
B.A. Hons.
B.Sc. Hons.
B.A. Hons.
B.A. Hons.
Political Science
B.A. Hons.
B.A. Hons.
Sociology/ Anthropology
B.Sc. Hons.
Interdisciplinary Majors:- This gives an opportunity to students to combine and study different academic subjects under one umbrella and earn a single degree programme. Various subjects offered are:-
Degree offered
List of Interdisciplinary Majors :
B.A  Hons.
English & Creative Writing
B.Sc. Hons.
Mathematics & Computer Science
B.Sc. Hons.
Computer Science and Entrepreneurial Leadership
B.Sc. Hons.
Economics and Finance
B.A  Hons.
Economics and History
B.A  Hons.
English & Media Studies
B.A  Hons.
History & International Relations
B.A  Hons.
Politics, Philosophy and Economics
B.A  Hons.
Politics and Society
Minors:- Students have to study 6 courses that are not related to their area of specialization. Some of the minor subjects are listed below:-
List of subjects for Minors:-
Creative writing
Environmental Studies
International Relations
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Media Studies
Co-curricular activities:-
To enhance their learning at Ashoka University, students are encouraged to take up co-curricular courses in Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Languages.
Unique Features of Ashoka University:-
Young India Fellowship:  It is a one-year multi-disciplinary post-graduate programme. Academically bright students coming from different academic disciplines are taught by faculty and scholars of national and international reputation. Skills crucial to achieving professional success are taught to these future professionals. Young India Fellowship Programme is a medium through which students develop skills such as critical thinking and writing skills, leadership and its connotations, group dynamics. The focus of the YIF programme is to help these young students to develop a collaborative and a problem- solving attitude, which further helps them to achieve professional success.
Internship Programme: Apart from theoretical knowledge, students have to gain practical knowledge by taking up projects at different companies. Internships play a very crucial role in helping students to build a perspective that takes into account multiple factors.                      
The Ashoka Scholars Programme: This programme allows the student to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies & Research. Students pursuing graduation and having 92 credits are eligible to take admission in Ashoka Scholars Programme (ASP) also known as Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies & Research. This programme opens doorways to exciting opportunities for higher studies in many countries. If students are keen to pursue this course, then they need to apply for admission by the end of the Monsoon semester of their third year.
For more information, students should visit the college website and understand the details of the admission process.
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