न हि ज्ञानेन सदृशं पवित्रमिह विद्यते।
ज्ञान के समान पवित्र इस संसार में कुछ नहीं है।।
There is nothing more pure in this world than knowledge(Jyana)
The B.A. History (Hons.) curriculum offers students access to cutting edge scholarship organized in a pedagogical form that is accessible and interesting. It is structured for students who are new to the discipline, as well as those who already have been introduced to the subject. It is structured to enhance their analytical and intellectual abilities as they mature during the three-year Undergraduate programme.
The courses range in time and space and across themes. There are reading and writing exercises, field work expeditions, cinema, documentaries and on-line materials that consolidate and develop in-class instruction. Students have an array of choices to tailor their instruction according to their interests.
There are Core Disciplinary papers that provide the fundamental knowledge in the discipline of history and in the study of the History of India and the World. The programme is otherwise envisaged to provide a large amount of choice so that students can tailor their education on the basis of their interests. These provide not just skills in history but also vital skills in other disciplines. The BA Honours History programme is interdisciplinary keeping in mind that specialisation in History is the key to access cognate skills from other disciplines. Each term students are introduced to courses that are temporally and spatially distinct. We continue to reinforce already covered subjects in our thematic based courses even as our students mature through their assignments and more complex readings.
The expected outcome is to provide students with a sense of how interconnected our present is with the past and how learning about the past provides them with the skills to understand the present. Our class room instruction and assignments give students the ability to think and reach their own conclusions.
Graduates of this department are expected to branch out into different paths seeking spheres of knowledge and domains of professional work that they find fulfilling. After graduating with History Honours from the University of Delhi, they will be able to demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of scholarly research relating to the discipline. This will establish a platform from which the student can pursue higher studies in History.
It is expected that besides the skills specific to the discipline, these wider life skills of argumentation and communication, and general values inherent in a discipline that studies human beings in their social context, in all its complexity, will ultimately enable learners to live meaningful lives.
The list below provides a synoptic overview of possible career paths:
After completing the undergraduate programme in History, the student is expected to be able to: