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History in the making

For those looking to pursue a masters in history from DU, here’s a lowdown on the course needs and revised admission criteria

education Updated: Jun 08, 2011 09:31 IST
HT Horizons Correspondent

The masters programme in history comes under the Faculty of Social Sciences, North Campus.

The eligibility criteria for admisison to the course has been changed this year. While last year it was 55% marks or above in the direct admission category, this year it has been revised to 60% marks or above in BA history (hons) from the University of Delhi.

The course covers major social, economic, political, ideological and cultural developments in world history with special emphasis on historical and historiographical developments in the field of Indian history from antiquity to the recent present.

The department offers students the choice of specialising in ancient, medieval and modern Indian history.

Those keen to know more about the past and the world around them are likely to excel. History is not just restricted to memorising facts but understanding the nuances of the various topics and disciplines.

Those who have done a bachelors in history and take up masters in the subject and a BEd can work both in the goverment as well as private sectors, particularly in Central, secondary and privtae schools as PGTs in history.

A masters in the subject can also be followed by a postgraduation in management, which can open more lucrative avenues.

The history department’s current research interests include social, economic and cultural history; disciplinary history of archaeology; the interface between landscape archaeology and anthropology; and medieval state and ecclesiastical institutions.

Others include the nationalist movement in India; peasant and tribal societies and movements; the process of sectarian and majoritarian identity formation; the interaction between institutions of governance and newer forms of knowledge, with reference to the development of humanistic disciplines and of archaeology and museology.