Masters in Liberal Arts and Humanities
Chandigarh University in association with The Institute for Development and Communication (IDC), Mohali, introduces a Post graduate (Masters) course in Liberal Arts and Humanities. The main objective of the course is to accomplish a union of technology coupled up with liberal arts. The technology driven change has been exposed to a major trial of coming up with a common base between the virtual world and the real world.
This is a fully residential two year master’s degree program, Masters in Liberal Arts and Humanities, which simultaneously helps you avail a diploma after completion of one year. The purpose is to widen the specialised prospect of upcoming leaders. A wide-ranging skill set ranging from problem-solving ability, communication to writing proficiency shall be up for the grab. Globally experienced faculty from India and all over the world have been drawn in for the program. Special interactions with the guest speaker from assorted fields have been gradually laced in the course plan.
Masters in Liberal Arts and Humanities's syllabus has specially been intended for an involved learning. The fundamental courses are essential to sanction the fellows with the basic analytical tools to understand, analyse and apply in varied circumstances. Along with the core and elective courses, the programme will also offer supplementary courses that offer a chance for sovereign study, an experiential learning program or a run of seminars. On-field training will offer the students an opportunity to understand the applications of the skills learned during classroom sessions.
Masters in Liberal Arts and Humanities program in India will prove to be useful for those ambitious of joining civil services, students preparing to join social services stream and who have taken time off from their jobs to make their life more conversant and visually inspiring.
What makes liberal and Humanities education more Important now than ever?
The world is incessantly being formed by new technological innovations. Technology is proving its metal in all spheres of life, leading to a rise in the demand for engineers, software programmers and IT professionals globally. Other than a technical degree, degrees in business, medicine, hospitality, nursing, communications, education and law are equally in a soaring demand. Although these are praiseworthy teams to study and make a living in, the question worth being thoughtful over is whether each of these streams is able to provide a wide-ranging set of tools to study and examine the difficulties and fruitfulness of human life.
Why Liberal Arts?
The study of Liberal Arts and Humanities in India formulates a student’s mind to freely pursue knowledge for its own sake. It not only provides a multi-faceted view of the world, but prepares one with the ability to see and understand in wider viewpoint others’ thoughts. Liberal Arts inspire the questioning of assumptions and help to comprehend the use of facts as even they can be understood differently in different contexts. It permits us to be considerate enough to distinguish between what humans can do and what would be wise to do. It can help us to learn to gather data, interpret it correctly and make well-versed decisions on a variety of topics.
Need for Mainstream Learning of Liberal Arts and Humanities
The subjects studied in liberal arts range from art, history, literature, philosophy, religion, music, theatre, speech, sociology, politics, and economics to gender studies, business, biology, archaeology, marketing, logic and mathematics. Liberal Arts and Humanities education delivers a broad understanding of the social sciences, humanities, natural and formal sciences. The study of history, literature, philosophy, theatre and religion help us to understand ourselves and nature of human life and human behaviour. In philosophy, students study the thoughts and dialectical quests of Plato and Aristotle. Creative imagination is cherished by introducing students to the pursuit of knowledge in-built in complicated sheets of music and theatre. Political studies, sociology and gender studies prepare the mind to examine the realities of society. The aim of the liberal arts and Humanities education in India is to prepare young generations to care about humanity and work towards its growth from within their particular disciplines.
At the unveiling of the iPad 2, emphasizing the importance of liberal arts and humanities, Late Mr. Steve Jobs stated,
It’s in Apple DNA that technology alone is not enough – its technology married with liberal arts, married with humanities that yield us the result that makes our heart sing, and nowhere is that more true than in these post-PC devices.
- Steve Jobs, Former CEO, Apple
The heart will sing if mind is directed to holistically discover knowledge and get decoded into action to make living more humane. And it will become valuable if it contributes to transform the lives of millions living on the limits and integrate the local needs with world-wide values.
Distinctiveness of Chandigarh University, Mohali and IDC Program
Globally, there are a number of educational institutes to have taken such initiatives including Princeton University, Harvard College, to transform Birmingham, King’s College London and Amsterdam University College, to name a few. In India too we have Chandigarh University Mohali, Ashoka University, Jindal School of Liberal Arts, Flame University, St. Stephen’s College and Lady Shri Ram College among others. All these courses have some or other exclusivity.
However, the Global Fellowship Program in Liberal Arts and Humanities, designed by the Chandigarh University, Mohali and Institute for Development and Communication (IDC), an established Research Centre in North-Western India, has four distinct features. First of all, it offers a well researched inter-disciplinary content as it is supported by IDC, which is actively involved in multi-disciplinary research. The courses offered will provide the students with an in-depth understanding of the modern day challenges, problems involving justice, conflict resolution, and sustainability challenges. Second, it has a strong group of academicians who have global vision but are sensitive to local culture, history and traditions. Gratefulness towards multicultural, pragmatic and appropriate dimensions in varied socio-cultural, global, regional and local frameworks is encouraged.
Third, the experiential learning flows from the demanding theoretical visions drawn from vast empirical knowledge base. Students will be able to successfully apply this knowledge to professional settings, social environments and public policy sphere. Fourth, the teaching has been designed in such a way that it provides benefit of both debates and lively discussions in classrooms as well as training in the field on the on-going projects while giving the students ample time to anticipate what they have learnt.
The choice to study liberal arts and Humanities leads one to enter an on-going conversation, where intellectuals from different disciplines inspect the meaning of being gentle. Chandigarh University, Mohali has created a platform where scholars can interact, discuss and find solutions to the most pressing issues facing humanity.
Technology-driven civilizations are facing a major challenge of realigning the ‘virtual world’ with the ‘real world’ and also the ability to think critically with a sense of empathy that comes from training in the Liberal Arts and Humanities.
- Prof. Pramod Kumar, India
The Masters in Liberal Arts and Humanities program will make a brilliant choice for curious minds, people who have taken time off from their jobs to make life more informed and aesthetically enriching; practising civil servants and those aspiring to join the civil services; and students who are preparing to join the social sciences stream to pursue research with inter disciplinary perspective. Flexible curriculum offered with a wide range of course options gives students the opportunity to be masters of their career. Provision shave been made for a combined degree in liberal arts and various streams such as MBA, hospitality, media studies, journalism, and law. Research skills acquired during the course of the degree can be honed by pursuing further education in research, for example, PhD in social sciences and humanities subjects such as political science, sociology, economics, history and philosophy.
Outcome of the Global Fellowship Program
The Masters in Liberal Arts and Humanities program offers arduous training to improve soft skills and transferable skills of the students. Handy skills such as critical analysis and evaluation, creativity, communication skills, problem solving, ability to manufacture new ideas, effective research skills, cross-cultural knowledge and data analysis are often sought by employers in consultancies, NGOs, research institutes and marketing companies. Holistic training in liberal arts inculcates ‘lateral thinking’ in students and this trait is highly valued by employers in a globalised world.
There is going to be greater demand for liberal arts and Humanities majors than programming majors or maybe even engineering because when the data is being spit out for you, you need a different perspective in order to have a different view of the data.