Social sciences as an academic and career prospect was not a very exciting option for Indian students up until now. However, recently there is a subtle shift from the traditional attraction to engineering and medical fields, as interest in social sciences is seeing a steady growth as a viable career option.
If the names like Karl Marx, Plateau, and Adam Smith fascinate you, along with an urge to know about human societies, then a degree in social science would be perfect for you.
Social science graduates go on to become political scientists, policy makers, campaign managers and civil servants too. Possibilities are infinite. Get into these colleges in India to learn favourite branch of social sciences from the best.
1. St. Stephen’s College, Delhi
Simply a look at the alumni list of the St. Stephen’s is enough to convince you to get into this college. It includes Presidents, poets, members of parliament and journalists. The college offers undergraduate and post graduate courses in History, Economics, English and Philosophy. The college is known for its rich heritage and distinguished faculties.
Admissions of St. Stephen’s often make headlines due to extremely high cut offs. College provides high quality education and focuses on overall development of the student. The campus environment is active and vibrant with number of student clubs and societies.
2. St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
It is ‘that’ college which you see in many Bollywood movies. Apart from stunning Indo-Gothic architecture, this heritage building hosts country’s finest liberal arts college. It is affiliated to Mumbai University but enjoys the status of an autonomous institution.
The college designs its own courses with up to date syllabus of sociology, political science, ancient Indian culture and anthropology. Both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in social sciences are taught here. MA in ancient Indian history, culture and archaeology is one of its kind in the country.
3. Christ University, Bangalore
Formerly known as Christ College, the institute was recognised as a ‘deemed’ to be university by University Grants Commission (UGC) due to its constant efforts to deliver best liberal arts education.
India Today- Nielsen’s higher education survey ranked it as one of the top 10 colleges to study Arts, Commerce and Science in India. Apart from undergraduate and postgraduate programs in social work, economics, media studies, theatre and psychology, the university also offers pre-PhD and PhD programs in social sciences.
4. Fergusson College, Pune
With two Indian Prime ministers, several legislators, activists and literary personalities as alumni along with notable freedom fighters as mentors, no other college has been as close as Fergusson with Indian politics and freedom movement.
Located in the heart of Pune city with sprawling 62 acres campus, the college has been declared as Heritage College by UGC. The college offers Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Economics and Philosophy. Master of Arts degree in Economics and Psychology can be studied too.
Along with this, names like Lady Sri Ramji College (Delhi), Loyola College (Chennai) and Miranda House (Delhi) are also well known names in Indian social science education.