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Bachelor of Arts
(Hons with Research)

A Bachelor degree in Arts or BA is an Undergraduate program in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The BA program finds its roots in the field of Liberal Arts.

The Honors curriculum allows students to explore independent and creative work. Such a program has varied advantages like enhanced skills and knowledge in the area of specialization and increased expertise in the field of study. This is achieved by performing research on specialized areas under the supervision of an experienced professor.

On completion of a BA program, Vidyashilp University graduates would be excellent commentators and critical thinkers.

Major: Psychology
Minor: Psychology
    Human Resource Management
    Data Sciences




Integrated Education

Liberal Arts made up the basic educational system in Greece and has developed from ancient times where grammar, rhetoric and logic were the main elements to far more specialized fields today. A Liberal Arts education offers an expansive intellectual grounding in all kinds of humanistic inquiry. “Liberal Arts education is a vital foundation for both individual flourishing and the well-being of our society.” Christopher Eisgruber, President, Princeton University.

Keeping the essence intact Liberal Arts does not focus on subject knowledge alone but looks at the holistic development of the graduate by fostering creative and independent thinking through a holistic educational system. Dr. Krishnan, Education Specialist, states that “Education is something that should prepare you to lead a successful life (whatever measure of success you go by), not merely equip you with half the skills and knowledge required to find your place in some industry and survive paycheque to paycheque.”

The ideologies of Liberal Arts and Vidyashilp University’s attributes are closely linked. An interdisciplinary culture is the need of the hour in India and Vidyashilp offers the same. Student-teacher relationships are built and encouraged for a smooth University experience. These ideologies help break the chains of structured knowledge and help the graduate in exploring wider views of critical thinking and question existing ideologies at an individual capacity. This broader form of thinking and possession of real-world skills creates leaders of tomorrow.

Why VU for BA?

Mentored academic and research experience

Focus on developing statistical literacy

Statistical literacy is critical thinking about arguments that use statistics as evidence. A liberal education involves the capacity to understand ideas and issues in context. A key goal of statistical literacy is helping students understand statistical associations in a given context of observational studies. It helps one answer the question asked of most statistics: “What does this mean?”

Open choice academic system

This open choice based credit system gives the students the liberty to choose from a variety of related courses and electives offered as well as take up open electives online in case such is not offered within the University.

Program Structure




University Core 14

  • Academic and Business Writing
  • Overview of Learning Methods
  • Design Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Indian Society and Culture
  • Speaking and Presentation Skills - I
  • Speaking and Presentation Skills - II
  • Personality and Leadership Skills - I
  • Personality and Leadership Skills – II
  • Social Engagement Experience (SEE)
Program Foundation 34

  • English Language - I
  • English Language - II
  • Critical Thinking
  • English Literature - Select Readings
  • Environmental Science and Sustainable Development
  • Professional Ethics and Human Values
  • Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Data Analysis Lab
  • Language
  • Program/Teaching Internship
  • Foundation Seminar
  • Data Visualization
  • Overview of Philosophy
  • Digital Trends / Basic Programming
  • Elements of Design
  • Topics in Sustainable Development
  • Language – I
  • Language - II
Major 82

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Development of Psychological Thought
  • Statistics & Research Methodology I
  • Statistics & Research Methodology II
  • Biological Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Behavioral Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychological Testing and Measurement
  • Integrative Practicum
  • Dissertation/Field Project/Research Paper/Internship
  • Electives - Track 1
    1. Counselling Psychology
    2. Counselling Theories and Techniques
    3. Counselling Skills
    4. Lifespan Development
  • Electives – Track 2
    1. Educational Psychology
    2. Theories and Principles of Learning
    3. Educational Tests and Measurements
    4. Introduction to Educational Research
  • Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Statistics & Research Methodology I
  • Statistics & Research Methodology II
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Indian Economy
  • Development Economics
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Data Analysis and Econometrics
  • Electives - Track 1
    1. Behavioral Economics
    2. Political Economics
    3. Public Economics
    4. Economics of Health and Education
    5. Digital Economics
    6. Game Theory
  • Electives - Track 2
    1. Financial Economics
    2. Money and Financial Markets
    3. Applied Econometrics
    4. International Economics
    5. Digital Economics
    6. Game Theory
Open / Minor 24

  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing
  • Data Science
  • English
Open Courses and Electives
The University gives students a choice to select from an open basket of courses offered within or outside the University as well as accredited online courses such as MOOC courses instead of a specified minor.
Advanced Electives 08

The students pursuing the 4-year BA (Hons) Program have the provision of choosing a minimum of 8 credits of advanced electives, either select courses from the list of Electives and / or select Courses from the Minor / Open Courses.

Research 18

Vidyashilp University offers mentored scientific study in growing areas of interest.

Sample Careers

  • Those with a foundation in Psychology can explore jobs in various sectors such as medical and related health services, schools and other educational institutions, special education and institutes of National importance, governmental organizations, businesses including MNC's and non-profit organizations as well as start-up independent practices
  • Graduates with a Psychology major can look at Masters in any field of Psychology, Human Resources, Social Studies and related fields of Education, Management Studies, Organizational Behaviour, Marketing and Advertising, Data Sciences
  • Students can opt for one year Master’s program and are also eligible for a direct entry into Ph.D. programs.
  • Those looking at a Clinical Psychology field can look at a direct entry into an M.Phil program at an RCI recognized institute.
  • With an Economics degree from Vidyashilp University apart from looking at higher learning in India as well as abroad, graduates are eligible for various roles in businesses and corporates including jobs in the public and private sector, government, non-profits, law, and International relations, as well as in academic roles
  • They could act as Financial Advisors, Analysts or Examiners, Statisticians in large organizations, Healthcare Specialists, play a role in public reforms or be part of the National Security Program
  • The field of Economics also gives graduates the opportunity to look at jobs as a Credit Analyst, Operations and Research Analyst, Budget Analyzer and Environmental Economist. Careers can be spread to the stock markets and banking / loan sectors as well

Sample Internships

As part of the Undergraduate program the students will be exposed to internships which will help develop skill based learning of the field of choice. Students will be in a position to assist and observe heads of various organizations and gain hands-on experience of the field in the process. Such exposure will bring about the transference of learning, development of work skills as well as the development of self that would increase individualism and employability hence leading to lasting success. Students through Internships would find entry into MNC’s like Amazon, Google, IBM, EnY, McKinsey or NGO’s like Teach for India, UNICEF , World Vision or other renowned organizations like WHO, WWF etc. Internships could also range in type depending on the interests of the student. Those interested in sports and fitness could enter National bodies like Sports Authority of India, CULT, IPL etc. Those interested in Psychology and gaming could look at internships in the gaming industry.


National/State Boards

10+2 cleared (minimum 50%) from a recognised Board


IB Diploma or IB Certificate (minimum 24 points)

A Level

Minimum 3 subjects in the ‘A’ Level and 5 subjects cleared in IGCSE/GCSE


Applicants ranking in the merit list will be invited for a Personal Interview.


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