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Course Profile : BA (Hons) History

For all of you who have enjoyed history during school and have curiosity about the past, BA (Honours) History is going to be an enjoyable ride. Shaswati Das and Mallica Joshi reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 06, 2011 00:47 IST
Shaswati Das and Mallica Joshi
Shaswati Das and Mallica Joshi
Hindustan Times

For all of you who have enjoyed history during school and have curiosity about the past, BA (Honours) History is going to be an enjoyable ride.

The curriculum offered by the university, along with a well-rounded practical aspect, renders this as one of the most interesting courses offered by the varsity.

The course in its first year revolves around attuning the students to the basic aspects of history. With papers such as history of India up to AD 750 and social formations and cultural patterns of the ancient and medieval world, along with other concurrent courses, the course progresses to introduce a student to the different schools of thought prevalent throughout the curriculum.

In the second year, students are made to go through the history of India from AD 750-1550, the rise of the modern West and the history of the US AD 1776-1945.

In the final year, with papers like the history of India AD 1551-1750, history of India AD 1751-1950, history of China and Japan AD 1840-1949 and the history of modern Europe AD 1780-1939, students are given an all-round exposure to the theoretical, analytical and practical aspects of the course.

In addition to this, most colleges also organise a field trip every year to places of historical significance that actually teaches a student to put theory to practice.

Student speak

“This is one of the most interesting courses in DU. You progress from the descriptive to the analytical — something which is often not associated with a subject like history. But the subject is such an eye-opener,” says Shomit Sirohi, a final-year student who is pursuing History from DU’s Ramjas College.

Teachers’ space

“After the NCERT course for class 11 and 12 was restructured, the course has become complementary to that being taught in colleges. When it comes to history, India is setting trends in theory as well application, which is a new trend. The highest number of social science students that go in for Ph.Ds are from history,” said Charu Gupta, professor at the history department, who used to teach at Moti Lal Nehru College.

“History opens a lot of doors as students who have studied the subject do well in all competitive examinations, including UPSC. Archaeology and tourism are other viable options. Since a large number of colleges teach history, a job as a college lecturer is also easier to come by,” added Gupta.

First Published: Jun 06, 2011 00:44 IST

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