UG Course Structure
To graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from Ashoka University, students must pass courses that are broadly divided into three categories – Foundation Courses, Major Courses (including Interdisciplinary Majors) and Co-Curricular Courses. Each course carries credit points, and in order to earn their degree at the end of three years, students need to have accumulated 100 credit points. The course divisions and credits they need to acquire within three years are as follows:
- 12 Foundation Courses (48 credits)
- 12 Major Courses (48 credits)
- 2 Co-Curricular Courses (4 credits)
Students can also take additional courses during the three years. Students working towards an Interdisciplinary Major must take a total of 16 (64 credits) courses – i.e. four courses more than what is required for a normal Major – in an approved interdisciplinary field. A number of Minors are also offered at Ashoka. To qualify for a Minor, students must take 6 courses (24 credits) in a subject outside their field of specialisation for a Major.
In order to ease students into the programme, in their first semester, all Ashoka students must take only 4 courses. After that, students can take up to 5 courses per semester. Added to this are the Co-Curricular Courses, which can be taken in any semester across the three years.
Ashoka University requires each student to take all of its 12 Foundation Courses. Of these, 3 are Critical Thinking Seminars and 9 are other Foundation Courses.
Except in one instance (Foundations of Economics is the required first course for the Economics Major, and the Economics and Finance Interdisciplinary Major) these courses are not formal gateways into the Major programmes. However, it is advisable for students to take as many of these courses as they can before declaring a Major. There is no specific order in which students have to take the Foundation Courses. Apart from the Introduction to Critical Thinking (first semester) and the two Critical Thinking Seminars (second and third semesters), they can take the other 9 Foundation Courses whenever they want.
Critical Thinking Seminars
Critical Thinking Seminars
Writing, communication and critical thinking are the cornerstones of Ashoka’s academic culture. All students who graduate from Ashoka are expected to acquire superior skills in organizing their thoughts both orally and in writing; indeed, Ashoka students are discouraged from rote learning and, instead, critically engage and reshape concepts through questioning and writing. The platform for these skills is provided by Ashoka's unique three-semester Critical Thinking sequence. In each of their first three semesters, Ashoka students take a Critical Thinking seminar distinguished by small class size, close faculty attention to students' writing, communication and thinking processes, and individualized tutoring at Ashoka’s Centre for Writing and Communication. All students at Ashoka take a mandatory first-semester gateway course, Introduction to Critical Thinking; over the next two semesters, they take any two writing-intensive Critical Thinking Seminar electives within a wide variety of disciplines ranging from the Humanities and Social Sciences to the Natural and Applied Sciences.
A Major is the subject in which a student will earn a Bachelors’ degree – either a B.A. or a B.Sc. Although students can take courses toward their specialisation before formally declaring the Major at the end of the third semester, it is only in the last three semesters that they will be taking courses predominantly in their Major subject. Normally 12 courses are required to complete a Major in a subject; 16 courses are required to complete an Interdisciplinary Major.
The Interdisciplinary major at Ashoka goes beyond the traditional boundaries of disciplines and departments to give students an opportunity to combine multiple academic interests into a single degree programme. While these are not double-degree programmes, they combine related fields and explore new approaches to the study of particular fields to give students a single, interdisciplinary Bachelors’ degree. Ashoka offers the following interdisciplinary programmes.
Students are encouraged to consider declaring a Minor in addition to their Major. Those who complete six full 4-credit courses (24 credits) in a subject outside their Major field of specialisation qualify for a Minor in that subject. We offer Minors in all our nine Major subjects.
Every semester, Ashoka University offers several 2-credit Co-Curricular Courses in Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Language. These normally meet in the evenings once a week for two hours. Co-Curricular Courses are a mixture of practical training in an art form (e.g. dance, theatre, music, painting, ceramics) or language (e.g. French, Latin, Urdu) and critical analysis of the aesthetic, social, political, economic, and historical dimensions of the same.
Students have to take 2 Co-Curricular Courses as part of their graduation requirements; in any semester, a student can take a maximum of 1 Co-Curricular Course.
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