Bachelor's Honours Degree Programme

Admissions 2013-14


The School of Undergraduate Studies is central to the University's vision. Its BA Honours programmes offer students a unique liberal arts education that acquaints them with diverse approaches to knowledge. The undergraduate programme teaches students to think critically and creatively; to analyse and reason; to communicate effectively; and to make evidence-based conclusions. It aims to achieve a good balance between the range and depth of the subjects studied.


In the initial semesters, students take courses that draw on the Humanities, Social Sciences and Mathematical Sciences encouraging a deeper appreciation of these areas. They also take courses that enhance foundational skills in logical, analytical and quantitative reasoning, language proficiency and communication. Subsequently, the emphasis is on the depth of study where students select intensive courses related to their major discipline/s. In order to foster interdisciplinarity, they are also required to choose courses from disciplines other than their major. In addition, the program offers special interest courses that provide training and skills in applied and career-oriented fields.


AUD offers three types of BA Honours degrees:

Note: There is no separate admission for a Dual Major Programme. Students admitted to a single major will be allowed to apply for a Dual Major in their final year of the Single Major Programme.


Unique Features of BA Honours at AUD

  • Choice of 3-year single Major or 4-year Dual Major Honours degree
  • Flexibility to choose or change the main discipline(s) after one year of study
  • Availability of courses from a number of disciplines along with the Major discipline
  • Wide range of career-oriented/special interest courses
  • Special English language enabling courses
  • Common foundational courses enhancing logical reasoning, quantitative and analytical skills
  • Individual mentoring of students
  • Continuous semester-based assessment
  • Lateral admission from other Institutions into the 2nd year

Duration and Credits

  1. The BA Honours Programmes will follow a semester system. Each semester will consist of 16 weeks of academic work.
  2. BA Honours Programmes will comprise 96 credits for a 3-year degree and 128 credits for a 4-year degree programme.
  3. Every semester would typically entail a course load of 16 credits. Each credit in a taught course is equated to one hour of teaching or two hours of seminars/ group work/ laboratory work/ fieldwork per week for 16 weeks. Thus, for a student, a 4-credit course entails four hours of regular teaching and one hour of tutorial meetings per week, or as much as eight hours of other programme activities.

Structure of the Undergraduate Programme


Every BA Honours Programme will have the following types of course offerings:

  1. Foundation Courses: minimum 16 credits (cannot exceed 24 credits).
    1. Discipline Courses: BA students with a single major must complete a minimum of 64 credits beyond the Foundation courses. These credits must be earned in the following manner:
    2. Major Discipline: minimum 48 credits, comprising Core and Elective Courses as specified by the discipline
  2. Other Disciplines: minimum 16 credits
  3. Special Interest Courses: 0-16 credits.

Note: Students with a Social Science and Humanities (SSH) Major will complete 16 credits in each of their three specified disciplines. See section on BA Honours With a Major in Social Science and Humanities for further details.


Foundation Courses


The Foundation Courses, offered in Semesters 1 and 2, are common to all majors across various streams of study at AUD. Some of these courses will be compulsory while others will be optional. All courses are of 4 credits.


These general study courses are designed to facilitate the acquisition of certain foundational skills such as quantitative reasoning, language proficiency and analytical and communication skills that may be useful in a wide array of academic and non-academic pursuits. Some courses under this category have been prepared with an eye to providing students from varied backgrounds with a basic understanding of the social sciences, while others provide common insights into contemporary society.


Courses offered under the category of Foundation Courses in the previous years are:

  • Logic and Reasoning (LR)
  • Introduction to Social Sciences (ISS)
  • English Proficiency Course 1 (EPC1)
  • English Proficiency Course 2 (EPC2)
  • Hindi Adhar Pathyakram (HAP)
  • Indian Constitution and Democracy (ICD)
  • Environment: Issues and Challenges (EIC)
  • Youth Society and Literature (YSL)
  • Hindi Sahithya ki Rooprekha (HSIR)
  • Indian Society: Continuity, Change and Paradoxes (ISCCAP)
  • Identity Through Popular Narratives (ITPN)
  • Quantitative Methods (QM)
  • Introduction to Indian and World Literatures (IIWL)
  • Bharatiya Aur Vishwa Sahitya (BAVS)


Discipline Courses


Discipline Courses from various areas of study will enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of two or three disciplines within the Humanities, Social Sciences and Mathematical Sciences.


A student will have to study a minimum of 48 credits worth of these courses in a specific discipline to major in it. Some of these are Core Courses, which will be compulsory for majoring in a stream of study, while a varying proportion of disciplinary courses in each major are optional. In addition, students must take a minimum of 16 credits of Discipline Courses from a field other than their major. These Elective Courses will primarily be on offer by disciplines between Semester 2 and Semester 6 in the three-year Honours programme and up to Semester 8 in the four-year Dual Major Honours programme. A student can opt for 8 to 16 credits of Elective Courses in Semester 2, and 12 to 16 credits of such courses in each of the subsequent semesters.


The Electives offered during the first year of the BA Honours programme will ordinarily be introductory-level courses in the disciplinary areas. These will provide a foundation to students who want to major in that discipline. They would also serve as introductory courses for students who want a multidisciplinary education across two or three disciplines or areas of study.


Special Interest Courses


The undergraduate programme will also offer a set of courses that provide training and skills in selected applied and career-oriented fields. A student can take a maximum of 16 Special Interest credits. A basket of these courses will be offered in several areas, including: digital storytelling, Hindi language, computer applications in project management, legal literacy, understanding disability, digital photography, editing and publishing, and art appreciation. These courses would be offered in the 5th and 6th Semesters, and will depend upon faculty interests and availability.




Regular attendance is a precondition of learning at AUD. Students are expected to attend classes and required learning situations (lab/tutorial sessions, fieldtrips, workshops, etc) as well as orientation sessions. AUD mandates a minimum 70% attendance rate in each course in every semester.


Students registering late for courses may be imposed a monetary penalty and they may also find that courses are closed to them.


Attendance data will be posted regularly in printed memoranda and/or on the University website. It is every student's responsibility to be aware of the attendance data and to draw attention immediately to any supposed errors.


Specific penalties for low attendance are notified from time to time by the SUS Dean and Student Services. These may include mandatory 'grade cuts' based on a sliding scale of attendance shortfall, withholding of grade card/transcript, or other actions.


A certain number of absences can be excused on grounds of medical emergency (documented illness), but such absences must be promptly reported to the School. A prescribed form for this purpose with instructions is available in the School office (Kashmere Gate campus).


Student leaves of absence can be granted by application only for the period of a whole semester—not for any portion of a semester—and applications must be submitted to the School office within 35 days of the first teaching day of the semester. Exceptions may be considered for situations of prolonged absence during later periods of the semester, but only upon application to the SUS Dean.


Students must face the consequences of absence without leave and other unexcused absence, be they attendance penalties or low course grades. Teachers are under no obligation to entertain students' requests for special (late) assessments.


Assessment and Evaluation AUD follows a system of continuous assessment and evaluation to facilitate and promote learning with understanding. The continuous assessment system ensures that the work done by students during the semester will count for more than the end-semester examination.


Students will be given grades for their performance in tests, classroom presentations, group discussions, fieldwork/ project work, term papers and other exercises designed by the teachers. Students may also be evaluated on their ability to work in a group or design an investigative project; this may include peer assessment. The assessment results will be communicated to students in a timely manner so that they have adequate opportunity to improve their subsequent work.


Tutorials and mentoring will be important features of all programmes. Details of modes of assessment, the letter grading system, and promotion through successive stages of the academic programmes are provided in the AUD 'Statement on Assessment and Academic Procedure' and in related amendments that are notified from time to time.