The non-mandatory Foundation courses fall roughly into three areas (though some transdisciplinary Foundation Courses may well be relevant to two or even all the three of these areas): Humanities, Natural and Mathematical Sciences, and Social and Economic Sciences.
Each student takes must take at least one Foundation Course affiliated with each of these areas. Example courses that fall into the Humanities area and that have been successfully taught in the past are Great Books, Literature and the World, and Mind and Behavior. Example courses that fall into the area of Natural and Mathematical Sciences are Introduction to Mathematical Thinking, Principles of Science, but also Introduction to Programming. Finally, example courses that fall into the area of Social and Economic Sciences are Social and Political Formations, The ‘Social’ and the ‘Political’ in Contemporary India, Economic ideas from Smith to Sen, and Politics of Development.