Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Master of Arts (MA) in Liberal Studies at Ashoka University is a 32-credit, one-year programme taken by students who have graduated with a diploma in Liberal Studies from the Young India Fellowship, and have been accepted by an Ashoka University faculty mentor to work on a specific research project as a graduate assistant. The programme is highly interdisciplinary and entails coursework from a variety of disciplines, including the humanities, social sciences, behavioural sciences and the natural sciences.

The purpose of a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies is to train students to think critically about their disciplines of interest, while deriving insights from other disciplines. Students are allowed the flexibility to design their own curriculum, in consultation with their faculty mentor, and often choose to work on projects across two or more disciplines. The focus is on nurturing curiosity for intellectual challenges and building the skills for research.

In addition to the coursework and assistantship, students are required to work on a research-intensive capstone project, which is expected to culminate in a traditional Masters thesis, or a creative project like a book or film. In 2015, 10 Young India Fellows were granted admission to the inaugural Master’s in Liberal Studies programme at Ashoka University. Their interests and projects are listed below:

Student Faculty Mentor Coursework Assistantship Research Interest
Abhilasha Kumar Sudheendra Hangal, Computer Science Cognitive Psychology, Statistics and Research Methodologies Human-Computer Interaction Cognitive Experiments on Life-Logs (CELL): Understanding Human Memory and Aging using Email Archives
Alishya Almeida Madhavi Menon, English Literature Social and Political Formations, Western Political Thought Literary Theory Politics of Gender
Anurit Kanti Anuradha Saha, Economics Statistics, Microeconomics Macroeconomics Environmental Economics and Carbon Trading, Developmental Economics
Asawari Luthra Gwen Kelly, Anthropology Social and Political Formations, Introduction to Western Political Thought Ancient India Anthropology
Ashwini Ashokkumar Kai Qin Chan, Psychology Social psychology, Cognitive Psychology Statistics and Research Methodologies Amplification of group emotions
Ishita Arora Annette Taylor, Psychology Statistics and Research Methodologies, Social Psychology Cognitive Psychology Mental Health Literacy
Rahul Hemrajani Malvika Maheshwari, Political Science Social and Political Formations, Dynamics of State Formation Introduction to Western Political Thought Religious Conversion and Politics in India
Rajkamal Singh Gilles Verniers, Political Science Indian Civilization,           Dynamics of State Formation Material Culture State of Democracy and Development at grassroots level, Electoral Politics in Uttar Pradesh
Rishabh Raghavan Jonathan Gil Harris, English Literature Literature and the World, Historical Thinking Early British Literature Personal Identity of the Madari Tribe, The Great Indian Rope Trick
Sivam Basu Durba Chattaraj, Anthropology Social and Political Formations with reference to Indian context, Social Psychology, Latin. Cultural Anthropology. – Subaltern studies – Gender in Urban Lower Class amongst workers at University
Uday Sarup Kranti Saran, Philosophy Introduction to Indian Philosophy, Cognitive Psychology Mind and Behaviour Consciousness Studies


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