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Ashoka Scholars Programme in History

Ashoka University offers a year-long Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies and Research (DipASR) to students who have completed the three-year Bachelor’s Programme, during which students can take a wide range of elective options across a variety of subjects, as well as gain valuable research experience in specific disciplines. Students must complete 32 credits to graduate from the ASP and may choose to complete an advanced major in a particular discipline or may choose to study subjects across disciplines.

About ASP in the Department of History

For the History Department, the Ashoka Scholars Programme comprises the History Advanced Major. This extra year is aimed at initiating students into the world of historical research and critical writing. The Capstone Thesis – an original piece of writing based on rigorous primary research – is at the core of this year-long programme. Students are also enrolled in a two-part course – Sources and Histories – that is taught by practitioners of the discipline. It is woven around weekly seminars on different kinds of primary sources. 

  • Credit requirements for History Advanced Major (Provisions for academic year 2021-22)

    The minimum credit requirement for History Advanced Major is 24. Students registered for History Advanced Major can enrol for a maximum of 44 credits; anything above 44 credits will not count towards the History Advanced Major degree or appear on the transcript.

    There are two mandatory course requirements for pursuing History Advanced Major:

    • HIS-4983. History Capstone Thesis (16 credits)
    • HIS-4001 (Monsoon semester) & HIS-4002 (Spring semester). Sources and Histories (4+4=8 credits)

    For further details about the timeline for the Capstone Thesis, the course content of Sources and Histories, the provisions for Teaching Practicum (TA) and course audit, please consult the History Handbook. Interested students can also contact the History ASP Coordinator, Dr Aparna Vaidik.

More About Ashoka Scholars' Programme

All undergraduates graduating with Bachelor’s Degrees at the end of their third year, or who have completed by that time at least academic 92 credits of their degree programme, are eligible for admission into the Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies and Research programme, also known as the Ashoka Scholars Programme (ASP). Students who need to complete up to 8 credits of their undergraduate degree must do so within the first semester of the ASP. All students who fall into either of these categories must formally apply for admission to the ASP towards the end of the Spring semester of their third year. The exact date will be circulated by the OAA.


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