Programme Details

Bachelor of Arts Liberal Arts

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Program Overview:

The BA in Liberal Arts is a cross-disciplinary degree that draws on the combined expertise of the faculties of Historical Studies, Arts, Business and Industries, Media Studies, Global Economics, Law and Political Science. It is an interdisciplinary program stemming from the philosophy of Humanities, exploring global issues from political science, economic, sociological, and historical lens – especially keeping the extraordinary times we live in. It is designed keeping the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations in mind - Building on the principle of ‘leaving no one behind’, emphasises a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all.

The Program also emphasises a research orientation in the syllabus, pedagogy and all other initiatives. The core strength is to make students of the program, high value candidates in the placement sector and in centres of advanced learning too.

Programe Description:

The influence and presence of the past is felt everywhere and every day in our lives. Movies, newspapers or the internet bombard us and expose us to the past – both familiar and unfamiliar. However, the barrage of information and the forces of globalisation have led to increasing questions on the relevance and the value of the past – indeed a denial even. The Liberal Arts Program refers to the concept of globalisation in all its forms – including political, biological, digital, cultural, economic, and most importantly – historical. This will be an interdisciplinary exploration of a set of global issues through a very comprehensive lens and will delve into people, commodities, ideas, heritage and even diseases moving around the world - with a focus shifting to integrate mathematical, logical, analytical and creative skills in higher education. The Liberal Arts Program is meant to foster innovative problem solving by providing students with a variety of methods and analytic tools.

We at Christ firmly believe that new ideas come from ‘thinking outside the box’ and developing new perspectives that combine diverse ways of knowing the world. And with our enabling environment, empowered leadership and governance structure, we are breaking away from the pattern of conventional and rigid program and creating student-centric, flexible learning systems, and allow students to explore and curate their own visions and aspirations – incorporating creative expressions like music, theatre, art and sports into the curriculum as well.

A BA in Liberal Arts will provide one with a passport to enter a highly rewarding career in fields including international relations, international business, foreign diplomacy, non-profit organisations, and more. Our majors’ program should be designed to offer a selection of stimulating coursework that prioritises class discussion, featuring dedicated and experienced faculty, and prepares students for an inspiring career. It should shape one as an informed citizen who can make a difference in our increasingly globalised world.

The Liberal Arts Degree is designed in a way that at the end of 3 years, the student can tailor their own specialisation according to their own unique interests, from among the clusters mentioned below.

The Clusters are:

  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Historical Studies and Material Culture
  • Psychology
  • International Relations and Political Science
  • Economics
  • Business Studies, Marketing and Tourism

Program Objectives:

  1. To engage students in the foundational concepts in socio-political, economical and historical enquiry such as fact, fiction, truth, narrative, memory, conservationism and counterfactuals – in the creation of any global narrative.
  2. To enable students to be conscious of the importance of social awareness to arrive at independent and informed opinion and contribute meaningfully in local and global affairs and debates.
  3. To explore the memories of violence and war, communal clashes and ethnic conflict – as culturally-specific memory devices and contested sites for historical memory, in turn leading to the construction of any identity – global or national.
  4. To engage with issues of religious diversity and politicisation, as it becomes a topic of enormous contemporary relevance, with implications for the construction of national/international identity and responsibilities.
  5. To consider the moral and ethical choices made by the individuals/institutions/nations involved in planning, perpetrating, witnessing, ignoring, or being victimised during any conflict situation arising out of marginalised societies – and the repercussions of the same globally.
  6. To conduct guided academic inquiries on the dangers of facts when misused in the construction of national and other group identities – especially when religion and politics are intermixed, and ‘us and them’ dichotomies of difference are created and mobilised in societies.
  7. To recognize and respect different value systems including one’s own, and take cognizance of the moral implications of their own decisions.
  8. To demonstrate awareness of local, regional, national, and global needs, and within that framework act with an informed awareness of issues in the deconstruction of an identity which is not only valuable for their own social, moral, and intellectual development, it also serves as a foundation for examining the choices made by individuals and groups in the past as well as in the present – for a sustained development of any society, national or global in nature.
  9. To engage with their socio-cultural contexts along with environmental needs and concerns, especially when functioning as a collaborating member/leader in teams in multidisciplinary settings, operating effectively in multicultural spaces.
  10. To recognize the social structures underlying our society, and identify the implications of the same in our everyday existence.
  11. To develop proficiency in research, analysis and writing; and to encourage wide, independent, selective reading on any subject matter to foster a sustained, reasoned, well focused argument, based on a broad selection of evidence.

Program Outcomes:

At the conclusion of the Program, the student will

PO 1: Exhibit domain knowledge and competency of foundational concepts in socio-political, economical and historical aspects such as fact, fiction, truth, narrative, memory, conservationism and counterfactuals – in the discipline of study.

PO 2: Apply critical thinking skills and problem-solve using evidence-based reasoning to make informed decisions.

PO 3: Conduct themselves as social scientists with a strong grounding in logical reasoning, sensitive to multiple narratives and ethical concerns, historical consciousness.

PO 4: Apply concepts of Pluralism and Cultural Legacies in appreciating human cultural, political and social experiences, by relating them to individual choices and experiences.

PO 5: Engage in active collaboration with advisors, faculty, and fellow students and effectively develop the ability to value multiple and differing perspectives in the chosen discipline of study.

PO 6: Employ effective written communication and disseminate knowledge acquired to both academic and non-academic communities through multiple mediums in the chosen discipline of study.

PO 7: Engage with their socio-cultural contexts’ vis-a-vis environmental needs and concerns, functioning as a collaborating member/leader in teams in multidisciplinary settings, operating effectively in multicultural spaces.

PO 8: Develop and display awareness of local, regional, national, and global needs, and within that framework act with an informed awareness of different value systems including one’s own, and take cognizance of the moral implications of their own decisions.

PO 9: Demonstrate proficiency in research, analysis and writing; to foster a sustained, reasoned, well focused argument, based on a broad selection of evidence in the chosen discipline of study.

PO 10: Identify and evaluate the rationality, humanistic concern, ethics and values that underpin the philosophies of each discipline that the students specialise in.

PO 11: Critique and evaluate the discourses of identity, citizenship, nation-state and surveillance, dynamics of power and the politics of negotiations, and exhibit a sensitivity towards positional privileges and the role it plays in the shaping of narratives, through a multidisciplinary approach.

PO 12: Prepare for a Global Citizenship by being self-aware, socially responsible, and cultivate a sense of life-long learning.

Program Prospects

BA in Liberal Arts is an ideal course of study for students wishing to work for international organisations, either governmental organisations or non-governmental ones (NGOs). Along with the required core and collateral courses, the elective courses allow sufficient flexibility to complete course prerequisites for various other regional and area studies programs, law school and even business school.

This interdisciplinary approach gives students the tools they need to analyse trends in a complex global world. They also will analyse moral dilemmas, such as why wealthy countries should or should not provide monetary assistance to help the world’s poor. Students bring empirical questions and questions of justice together in asking how to reform institutions like the World Bank, United Nations, and International Monetary Fund – or even discussing their possible futures. With this degree, students will be prepared for careers at the United Nations, UNICEF, and non-governmental organisations, as well as international journalism and international business. Especially with Sustainable Development being a rising Global need, which saves a national budget, fulfils the need of people, conserves natural resources for the future generations – makes this Undergraduate degree that much more relevant in the world.

BA Liberal Arts will prepare you for a range of exciting careers. With your combination of skills and your global knowledge, you will be well-prepared to make a difference in a variety of fields. You might go on to work in politics and government, the environmental sector, international development, foreign affairs, trade, defence or even the arts.

Jobs related to this Undergraduate degree:

  • Law
  • Business consultant
  • Diplomat
  • Journalist/Foreign correspondent
  • Human rights advocate
  • Administrator
  • Government Official
  • Politician/Political Analyst
  • Humanitarian Worker
  • Educator
  • Intelligence officer
  • International trade consultant
  • Policy analyst
  •  Among others.

Teaching Pedagogies/Methods:

  • Lectures which will complement readings, with focus on individual aspects of special interest.
  • High onus being kept on offering multiple and alternative interpretations, and exposing students to key issues of scholarly debate.
  • Documentaries, films, objects and docu-dramas will be viewed, providing visual material with commentary, enriching and deepening readings and lectures.
  • There will also be intensive focus on Group work/projects, small group discussion, and mock problem-solving exercises, and case study analysis.
  • Low-stakes writing assignments and presentations, student seminars and workshops will be a regular feature in various courses.
  • Internships and participation in Live projects will be another component of the Program.

Vision Statement

Towards a Sustainable World Together

Program Structure

For a BA Liberal Arts, a student must complete at least 144 credits to graduate. A breakdown of the credits are as follows:

  • 06 Foundational Courses (30 Credits)
  • 02 Interdisciplinary Elective Courses (04 Credits)
  • 02 Performative Arts Courses (06 Credits)
  • 12 Major Courses in Any Subject (60 Credits)
  • 8 Minor Courses in Any Subject (32 Credits)
  • 2 Research Methods Courses (6 Credits)
  • A Dissertation (4 Credits)
  • 2 Summer Internships (2+2= 4 Credits)
  • 1 EVS Course (2 Credits)

Program Outline:

  • The student will major in a discipline with a specialisation within any of the mentioned Clusters.
  • Maximum credits accrued in one Discipline will lead to a specialisation in the same – a minimum of 48 credits in a Discipline is necessary for the specialisation to be awarded (2 Majors per semester and 2 Minors across 4 semesters in one particular discipline).
  • The students will also be required to take up a 3-credit course in the first 2 semesters in either of the creative expressions-based courses (Music/Theatre/Dance).
  • Students must choose the elective courses from a pool of courses on offer. The choice of these courses allows students to tailor the degree to their individual needs, but students are expected to take their elective courses with a focus on one specific area of interest or set of issues.
  • In the final year, a BA Liberal Arts student must choose a research topic and write a dissertation/thesis under the supervision of a discipline specific supervisor to complete their degree. The dissertation can have orientation towards any of the participating disciplines — History, Cultural Studies, International Relations and Political Science, Economics and Business Studies, Behavioural Sciences and Media Studies — or even a combination of any 2 disciplines.

Program Details:

  • Total No. of Core (Foundational) Courses: 06 (over 2 Semesters)
  • Total No. of Elective Courses: 22 (Over 6 semesters – including Interdisciplinary Electives, Performative Arts, Majors and Minors)
  • Total Credits Per Semester: 2

                       2/29 (1st/2nd Sem)
                       25/25 (1st/2nd Sem)
                       29/31 (1st/2nd Sem)

Total Credits: 159

Selection process results will be available on according to the important dates section. Selected candidates will receive an E-Offer of admission that will be valid up to the date mentioned in the Offer of admission.  


All selected candidates must note that admission is provisional and subject to University rules.


Selected candidates must download the offer of admission on the ‘Application Status’ link on the University website.


To process admission

  • Candidates must choose the preferred date and time from available options to facilitate a smooth admission process.
  • Admission must be processed at the campus where the programme is offered as published in the offer of admission.
  • As per UGC guidelines, fee payment has to be made through online mode.
  • Payment options and details will be available in the offer of admission.
  • Fees for the first year including Admission Registration fee must be paid in full as part of the admission process.

All original marks cards and one set of photocopies must be submitted for verification at the time of admission as mentioned below

  • Class 10 Marks Statement and Class 11/12 Marks Statement (Mandatory).
  • Transfer Certificate (TC) of Class 12 from the last qualified institution must be submitted by 30 August 2024 (Mandatory).
  • Migration Certificate of Class 12 (applicable for all candidates except Karnataka state board applicants) must be submitted by 30 August 2024 (Mandatory).
  • One Stamp size and one passport size photograph formal dress with a white background (Mandatory).
  • Two Copies of the Online Payment Acknowledgment (Mandatory).
  • Copy of valid ID proof (Aadhar Card and PAN Card).
  • Candidates falling under any of these categories (NRI / PIO / OCI / SAARC / AFRICA / ASEAN / OTHER FOREIGN NATIONALS) have to submit:
  1. Copy of Passport and Visa Details (Mandatory).
  2. PIO / OCI have to produce a copy of the PIO / OCI card whichever is applicable (Mandatory).
  3. Medical Fitness Certificate (MFC) from any recognized medical practitioner certified by the Medical Council of India and
  4. Resident Permit (RP) (If available while applying)

All mandatory documents must be submitted for verification during the admission process.

An undertaking for pending original documents unavailable currently [applicable only for candidates writing/passing their exam in March – June - 2024], must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. These documents must be submitted on or before 30 August 2024.

  • Failure to submit the pending documents will be treated as unsuccessful in the qualifying examination or considered “Not Eligible”, and admission will be terminated from CHRIST (Deemed to be University) without any claim.
  • All admitted students must open an account at South Indian Bank, CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Branch as part of the admission process and must carry relevant ID proof (Aadhar Card and Pan Card).
  • The University ID card is a smart card, which is both an ID cum ATM card with a chip containing the student personal details. All transactions within the University campus after the commencement of classes, including fee payment, will be processed only through this card. It is also an access card for Library and other restricted places.
  • Selected candidates who fall under International student category (ISC) should register with the Foreigner Regional Registration Officer (FRRO / FRO) of the Local Police in Bengaluru, India within 14 working days from the date of admission or arriving in Bengaluru.

The date of commencement of the academic Year 2024 will be intimated during the admission process.

Please Note:

  • The University does not collect any capitation/donation other than the fees mentioned on the website.
  • All those admitted to the programme will have to purchase a laptop at their own cost if required by the department.
  • Admitted students who wish to avail bank loan will be provided with a recommendation letter on request by presenting the original fee paid receipt to the Office of Admissions.
  • The decision of the admission committee is final and binding.


Applicants may apply for the programme from 8th December 2023. Applications will be available online on the University website till the date applications officially close.

Applications for each programme will close approximately a week before the scheduled selection process.

All applicants must visit the page: and register by entering NAME (as printed on Class 10 Marks Card), EMAIL-ID and set a password.  (The email id and mobile number provided will be used for sending confirmation and application status-update messages). An applicant can apply for as many programmes using the same ID as long as the prescribed eligibility criteria for the specific programme is fulfilled.

Applicants must have the following documents before filling the application online:

  • Copy of statement of marks of Class 10, Class 11/ 12, (Mandatory).
  • Fill in all the details in the “detailed application” page. Scan and upload a recent passport size photograph (3.5 cms x 4.5 cms formal dress with white background) and click “Submit”. On clicking Submit, a viewable and editable page will appear on the screen. In case you need to make any corrections; you may edit the data/details and then click “Confirm Submission”.
  • Make payment using a card and after successful payment, click on submit. A 9 (Nine) digit Application number will be generated. If unable to print the application form due to system/power/internet failure, logon to, under the “Application Status” page enter the registered Email-ID and password to view and print the application form. (After payment if you do not receive the 9 (Nine) digit application number, then your application process is incomplete, and payment will go in for refund process. The refund will take about 15 days and must be checked with your bank).


Candidates falling under any of these categories (PIO / OCI / SAARC / AFRICA / ASEAN / OTHER FOREIGN NATIONALS) must send the required supporting documents (Copy of Passport, Copy of PIO / OCI card whichever is applicable and Copy of Class 10 & Class 11/12 Marks card) in an A4 size Envelope ONLY through Registered Post / Courier to The Co-ordinator, Office of International Affairs, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Hosur Road, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka, India, Phone: +91 80 4012 9439.

  • All other candidates will have to carry the application printout, original documents and a set of photocopies to the selection process on the allotted date, time and venue mentioned on the selection process admit card.
  • All applicants must make a note of the username and password, the application number, programme applied for, selection process date and city for all further purposes.
  • All travel arrangements if necessary, have to be made in advance.
  • The Important Dates section must be referred to before filling the application, or candidates can choose the selection process dates while filling the application online.
  • No request for change of date/city will be entertained.
  • Applicants applying while in their final year of schooling must carry the marks card up to the previous year when they report to the selection process venue. Documents to be carried are application printout along with the original class X, and Class XI / XII marks cards and a set of photocopies.
  • Original marks cards and ID proof will be verified during the selection process.

Office of Admissions will communicate with the applicant only through university website under the link “Application Status” or click the link:


Candidates falling under any of the below mentioned categories must apply under the International Student Category:

  1. Foreign citizens,   
  2. PIO card holders and   
  3. OCI (Dual Citizens)

International students coming from Non-English speaking countries should:

  • produce evidence of passing the qualifying examination in English medium or   
  • have IELTS 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5 or TOEFL (paper) 550, TOEFL (computer) of 213 or TOEFL (IBT) of 79 scores

Candidates without the above pre-qualifications will have to enroll either for

  • Intensive Certificate course in English Language (Full Time) conducted from March to May each year or   
  • One Semester Certificate course in English Language (Part Time) conducted after regular class hours from June to December.

Note: The International Student category fee structure is binding for the full duration of the programme and cannot be transferred /changed in between.

Candidates from the above listed categories having pursued Indian Educational qualification and who may have applied under the Indian States Category will have to pay the International Student Category Fee. The decision of the Admission committee is final.

Candidates seeking admission through International Student category (Foreign Nationals/PIO/OCI) will have a separate application process, with the following options to apply for any programme at Christ University.

  • Online Application form

Email ID for any clarifications:


Students are welcome to apply under the Non Resident Indian category for the programmes offered by the University

Students who fall under any of the following classifications can apply under NRI Student category and be liable to pay the fees applicable to the category for the entire duration of the programme

1. NRI defined under the Indian Income Tax Law

2. Either of the parents is outside India (except Nepal) on Work Permit / Resident Permit.

3. Indian citizen financed by any Institution / agency outside India, even if parents are Residents of India.

4. Indian Citizen who has pursued studies for qualifying examination in any foreign / Indian syllabus outside India..

5. NRI fee is applicable for the full duration of the programme for candidates who;
   5.1. Have pursued and completed their last qualifying exam from outside India.
   5.2. Are NRI and candidates who have applied under NRI category


Admission to all programmes is based on academic achievement and CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Selection Process. Candidates should submit the final results of class 12 on or before August 30th of the admission year.

Applicants must read through the Selection process, Fee Structure and other details under the preferred programme given on our website before proceeding with the application process.

  • The University does not collect any type of Capitation / Donation other than the fee mentioned in the website.
  • If the Application is incomplete or incorrect, the University Management has the right to reject it.
  • Kindly do not send any original marks cards through post or courier.
  • All selected candidates must note that admission is provisional and subject to University rules.
  • Ignorance of the Terms, Conditions, and guidelines will not be considered as an excuse for non-fulfillment of any stipulated process.
  • It is to be noted that though the fee is fixed for 2 years, there will be a periodic nominal increase to meet the rise in costs.
  • Fees should be paid within the stipulated date for the first year and before the commencement of final examinations of the 2nd semester, 4th Semester, 6th Semester, and 8th Semester for the consecutive years.
  • All those admitted to the programme will have to purchase a laptop at their own cost.
  • Admitted student who wish to avail Bank Loan will be provided a recommendation letter on request by presenting the original fee paid receipt to the Office of Admissions.
  • The decision of the Admission Committee is final and binding.


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