Bachelor of Arts (BA) Subjects, Course, Elective Courses, Syllabus, Books 2020-21

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Bachelor of Arts in India is a 2 years undergraduate course that can be pursued from top colleges like Lady Shri Ram College for Women, St. Stephen's College, Hindu College, Madras Christian College, St. Xavier’s College and more.

Bachelor of Arts courses are completely academic in nature and can be studied by those who have completed their higher secondary education from a recognized university.

The minimum percentage required to pursue this degree is 40% but that is not enough if you want an admission in any of the top colleges, as they come up with their own cut-off list.

Admission to students are offered either on the basis of merit or through the results of entrances given.

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This course completely focuses on areas of Humanities, Social Studies and Liberal Arts. One needs to study 5 compulsory subjects, as well as few electives for 3 years of course duration. However, there is a vast variety of specializations like Philosophy, Economics, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Literature, etc

Bachelor of Arts Subjects

Be it a specialization in History, Philosophy, Economics or in any other humanities subject, Bachelor of Arts has a varied range of subjects to offer. Here are few of the important subjects offered in Bachelor of Arts courses, irrespective of any specialization.

Foundation Course in English Indian Philosophy
Foundation Course in Hindi Economic Development
Agricultural Development in India Indian Economic Development: Issues and Perspectives
Religions of the World Social Problems in India
Government & Politics in India Political Ideas and Ideologies
Administrative Theory Foundation Course in Humanities and Social Sciences
Understanding Prose and Poetry History of Urdu Literature and Language

BA Elective Courses

Some of the Bachelor of Arts electives are tabulated below.

Public Policy and Administration in India Introductory Econometrics
Urban Geography Communication and Development
Philosophy of mind Global Politics
Contemporary Literature Public Policy and Administration in India
Ability Enhancement Course Ethics In Public Domain

Bachelor of Arts Syllabus

BA courses are vast and the syllabus of a variety of specializations differs according to the curriculum. The table below shows the major Bachelor of Arts subjects taught under different specializations.

Specializations Subjects Taught
Bachelor of Arts in English English Literature
Twentieth Century Indian Writing
Nineteenth Century European Realism
Classical Literature and Contemporary Literature
Literary Theory
Women’s Writing of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries 
Modern European Drama
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Introduction to Psychology
Statistical Methods for Psychological Research
Psychology of Individual Differences,
Development of Psychological
Psychology for Health and Well-being
Development of Psychological
Dealing with Psychological Disorders
Bachelor of Arts in Economics Introductory Microeconomics
Mathematical Methods for Economics
Introductory Macroeconomics
Intermediate Microeconomics
Statistical Methods for Economics
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science Modern Indian Political Thought and  Modern Political Philosophy
Understanding Political Theory
Constitutional Government and Democracy in India
Political Theory-Concepts and Debates
Introduction to Comparative Government & Politics
Perspectives on Public Administration
Perspectives on International Relations
Public Policy and Administration in India
Bachelor of Arts in History History of India
Social Formations and Cultural Patterns of the Ancient World
Social Formations and Cultural Patterns of the Medieval World
Rise of Modern West
History of Modern Europe
History Of Southeast Asia-The 19TH Century
History of Modern East Asia
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy Indian Philosophy
Logic, Greek Philosophy and Ethics
Descartes to Kant
Social & Political Philosophy: Indian and Western, Applied Ethics
Text of Indian and Western  Philosophy
Truth Functional Logic
Philosophy of Religion (Indian & Western)
Philosophy of Language (Indian & Western)
Bachelor of Arts in Geography Geomorphology
Cartographic Techniques
Geography of Population
Analytical Physical Geography
Geography of Settlements
Economic and Environmental Geography
Urban Geography
Geography of Natural Resources
Statistical Methods in Geography
Geography of India
Agricultural Geography
Geography of Tourism Rural Development

Bachelor of Arts Books

Below are a few popular books for various Bachelor of Arts subjects that can be utilized by the students to get vivid knowledge on the relevant topics.

Books Name of the Author
History of English Literature Prof. Ray and Chakraborty
Medieval History of India J.C Aggarwal
Essentials of Educational Psychology     S.K.Mangal
Public Administration Theory and Practice     M.P. Sharma
Statistical Methods in Economics B.M Agarwal.
Political Science Pravin Kumar Jha
An Introduction to Philosophical Analysis John Hospers

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Bachelor of Arts [BA] : 10 answered questions


Ques. Can I study a BCA from Swami Vivekanand Subharti University and simultaneously a B.A. from SOL?

● Top Answer By Sakshi Gupta on 08 Nov 21

Ans. Yes, as per the UGC guidelines you can pursue two or more degrees simultaneously but from different universities. Swami Vivekanand Subharti University has all the mandatory recognitions for distance learning so you will get a globally valid degree.  But before enrolling in any institution for distance learning, make sure you go through the authorized enrollment partner so that you can get all the services properly.Read more
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Ques. Which college is better, JMC or DCAC for a BA programme?

● Top Answer By Neha Rani on 29 Oct 21

Ans. I have friends from both JMC and DCAC. Based on their experience, I will say DCAC is a better option.  The student crowd at the institute is diverse. Facilities at DCAC are well-experienced and helpful. It got high ratings from NAAC and India Today Magazine. The institute offers add-on certificates and diplomas in foreign language courses.  DCAC has great infrastructural facilities. There is a library with a great collection of books. There is also a gym and table tennis room on campus. The auditorium is equipped with special lights and sound effects.  DCAC campus has a basketball court, a volleyball court. DCAC is not that strict about attendance. JMC is definitely a reputed college, however, in comparison, DCAC is better.Read more
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Ques. Should I do BA programme from St. Stephens or English honours from JMC?

● Top Answer By Admin on 29 Oct 21

Ans. I have friends from both St. Stephens and JMC. Here are a few of the information that I got from them.  St. Stephens is a prestigious college with its own sets of rules and code of conduct. It has a good campus. If you want to explore ideas, places and have a decent campus life then St. Stephens is a great option. JMC is an off-campus college. So, you won’t have access to campus. It is a girl’s college with strict rules.  Now coming to the courses, in English honors, you will learn about a myriad of texts from different countries and different time periods. However, you will have to spend your three years around poetry and prose. You won’t get to experience much diversity when it comes to subjects. For the BA program, however, you can choose all subjects from Social Science. There are many combinations that you can opt for.  So, I will suggest that you choose the program which will keep you interested for the next three years. College life will be similar irrespective of the institute. Also, gone are the days when students with honors degrees were treated superior to the students who pursued programs. Read more
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Ques. What are the ATKT rules of Mumbai University 2021 BA?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 16 Oct 21

Ans. The rules for ATKT at Mumbai University are simple and easy to follow.  If you have more than 2 KT in each semester, then you will not be promoted to the next year. You will have to drop a year from college and appear for the exams again. Keep a close eye on the notifications related to the exam and fill the form accordingly. If you have 2 or less KT in each semester, then you will be promoted to the next year. To appear for 3rd year examination, you must clear either your 1st or 2nd year. You would not be allowed to continue your term in the third year if you fail in any of the subjects of the first year and second year (cross ATKT). Read more
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Ques. How is DAV College Chandigarh for doing a B.A.?

● Top Answer By Aaditya Hari Nair on 13 Oct 21

Ans. One of my friends is an alumnus of Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College (DAVC), who studied B.Sc. Here is his experience in brief.  The teaching approach of the faculty members is impressive. The admission in the B.A. program, based on merit and seat availability. The infrastructure of the college is also decent.  As a BA student, you will have the opportunities to prove yourself in academics and co-curricular activities.  The competitions, parties, etc. will make you more comfortable speaking in public.  The library is great and so is the overall environment on campus.  Doing BA from DAV college can be a great option if you are interested in the Civil Service examination.  DAVC is an ordinary college, but it is an excellent institute for pursuing an undergraduate degree. Read more
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