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Ashoka Scholars Programme in Sociology and Anthropology

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.


The fourth year will give Majors an opportunity to pursue an independent, original and closely supervised research project, which will culminate in an undergraduate thesis. For obtaining an Advanced Diploma in Sociology and Anthropology, students need to submit a proposal in March. Detailed guidelines for the proposal will be shared with third years during the Monsoon semester.

The Department also welcomes students who wish to stay on for a fourth year at Ashoka and utilise the Ashoka Scholars Programme (ASP) to complete a Concentration, Minor or Second Major Equivalent in Sociology and Anthropology as well as those fourth years keen to expand their intellectual exploration through our course offerings beyond formal requirements. Graduating as a Major student from the Department is required in order to write a thesis with the Department.

  • Guidelines

    The following are the guidelines for those considering the Advanced Major in Sociology and Anthropology:

    ● The course, Anthropology’s Methods will help prospective Advanced Majors to develop research proposals and plans. Fieldwork can be conducted over the summer between semesters 6 & 7 continuing into semester 7.

    ● In addition to working under the guidance of a faculty advisor, Advanced Majors will participate in a Monsoon and Spring Thesis Workshop, each for 4 credits. These will be intensive weekly sessions facilitated by different members of the faculty and will focus on critical aspects of the research process: framing questions, fieldwork methods, data analysis, working on annotated bibliographies, developing anthropological arguments, and ethnographic writing. Students will make regular presentations and share their writing with each other.

    ● The final thesis should be between 10,000-15,000 words and cover 8 credits (4 each semester). The thesis will be evaluated by the faculty advisor.

    ● Fourth-years will also have the opportunity to gain experience as Teaching Assistants (with a minimum of 2 credits of Teaching Practicum).

    ● The ASP cohort will also organise (for 2 credits per student) an annual Symposium hosted by the department and conceptualised, curated and organised by the fourth-year students.

    ● To complete the required 24 credits, fourth-years will be able to take an additional 1 departmental elective to broaden and deepen their engagement with the discipline.

    Please note that ASP students can take more than one course either in Sociology or other subjects during their ASP programme, but that would not count towards 24 credits.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Majors must complete this course by the end of their second year.

It is not mandatory, but we strongly recommend that you do so since 3000 level electives require at least two of the 2000 level core courses as prerequisites and you will get much more from these courses if you have taken the set of 2000-level cores.

Cross-listed courses are those courses which arise out of a discipline different from SOA but are cross-listed with SOA. The students can only count two cross listed courses towards their Major and Minor.

No. It is normal for courses to not be cross-listed with other departments in every semester that they’re offered. If you took a course, which was cross-listed in the semester that you took it, it will count towards your degree. Please cross-check the course code of such courses in your LMS.

No. Only ASPs can write a thesis with the department.

The specific course along with its detailed syllabus will need to be shared with the Department’s HOD and a decision will be taken on a case-by-case basis.

Only ASP students are eligible to TA for courses. The Department notifies all ASPs of TA requirements in the beginning of the semester and calls for applications.

You can email the Student Representative and cc the Department Manager Anjali Panwar (anjali.panwar@ashoka.edu.in) for any queries.

You may consult the course descriptions provided on the LMS or may reach out to your peers or seniors who have already taken courses you may be interested in. You can also consult your year advisor for seeking guidance.

You can consult your year advisor for seeking guidance related to the discipline and the department.

We recommend that you take the 1000 level course first. Then take the core 2000 level core courses. This will not only ensure that you have fulfilled the prerequisites for the 3000-level electives, but you will get much more from the advanced elective courses when you take them.

Yes, you can take the 2000 level core courses before the 1000 level courses, but we recommend that you take 1101 as your first course in SOA and then opt for 2000 level core courses.

Yes, you can, provided you fulfil the prerequisite for 3000 level electives, which is 1101 and any two 2000 level courses.

After fulfilling the required number of level-based requirements, you are free to take 2000 or 3000 level courses to fulfil your remaining requirements.

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