Liberal arts (or humanities) courses have in the recent years started gaining as much popularity as engineering and medical courses. India has colleges that are renowned for their arts and humanities degrees. Liberal arts include a number of subjects like literature, history, philosophy, political science, languages, psychology and various social sciences. The top arts and humanities colleges in India such as Lady Shri Ram (LSR), St. Stephen’s and Loyola, offer 3 year bachelors courses and 2 year masters courses. The best arts and commerce colleges in India offer courses in philosophy, literature, and other such non empirical courses.
Higher education institutions are aplenty in India, and it might be tough for a student sitting in one part of the country to know about the best colleges in some other part of India. Keeping this in mind, we have listed the best arts colleges in India to help students take an informed decision.
This list has Arts and Humanities Colleges from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kochi and other cities of India which are among the best in the nation, as ranked by the 2017 annual survey conducted jointly by India Today & Nielsen company. Here’s the list of the top 40 arts and humanities colleges of India.
A women’s college, LSR is known not just for its Social Sciences, Humanities and Commerce courses (it offers a B.Sc. Programme in Mathematics and Statistics), but is also renowned for professional courses like Elementary Education and Journalism.
It has a beautiful 15 acre campus in South Delhi, about 2000 students, over 150 faculty, administrative and support staff and 16 courses of study. Distinguished almunae include prominent journalist Nidhi Razdan, Geeta Chandran (Dancer/Choreographer), Naina Lal Kidwai (Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India.)
Loyola College, though affiliated to University of Madras, is an autonomous college since July 1978. Today, there are 19 P.G courses and 25 U.G courses (Arts, Sciences and Commerce) and 12 special Institutes offering various programs to 12,107 students.
Its humanities departments include Economics, Sociology, English Literature, History, Philosophy, Sociology, Social Work, Foreign Languages among others.
Loyola was awarded “College of Excellence” (CE) for its best practices in teaching and research by the University Grants Commission (UGC), along with a grant of Rs.2 crores, to be utilized during the period from 1st April 2014 to 31st March 2019 for the enhancement of quality teaching, research and extension activities in the campus.
This private university in Bengaluru has slowly been gaining credibility for its arts & humanities courses as well as other domains such as science & commerce. Managed by Syrian Catholic CMI priests, the university was established in 1969. The arts courses on offer include economics, English, languages, media studies, music, philosophy, theology, psychology, education, social work, sociology, theatre and performing art.
An institiution in the city of Mumbai, the college is well known for its art and humanities faculties and has regularly featured in top 10 arts colleges in India. With a focus on creative and critical thinking, the autonomous institute offers courses in English, Economics, French, Sociology, Media, History, Inter Religious Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology and others.
While the cut-off and selection criteria for different institutes varies, the basic requirement for admission to a 3-year bachelors degree is for a person to have passed class 12 from CBSE/ICSE/SSC in concerned subjects. Similarly, for admission to a 2-year masters degree, a person should have done Bachelor of Arts in specified subjects. To know about careers related to arts and humanities education in India: All about Studying is Humanities & Social Science in India
Delhi is not only the capital of India but is home to the top BA colleges in India. The list includes Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Miranda House, Hansraj College, SRCC, and Ramjas College all of which are part of the University of Delhi (DU) and in the list of top 20 colleges of DU for arts.
For a complete list of top Arts colleges in Delhi, read Top 10 arts colleges in Delhi
The list of the best art colleges in Chennai includes Loyola College, Madras Christian College, Stella Maris College, Ethiraj College, Women’s Christian College, Presidency College, Queen Mary’s College, and Vivekananda College among others.
Read our article on Top 10 arts colleges in Chennai.
The list of the best arts and humanities colleges in Bangalore includes Christ University, Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore, Mount Carmel College, The Oxford College of Arts, MLACW, St. Joseph’s College, MES College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Jyothi Nivas College and others.
Read our article on Top 10 arts colleges in Bangalore
From St.Xavier’s College to K.J. Somaiya College, and Mithibai College to Sophia College for Women, read here for a list of the Top 10 arts colleges in Mumbai
Ramakrishna Mission Vidyamandir, St.Xavier’s College, Presidency College, Lady Brabourne College and Bethune College are only some of the colleges that features in our list Top 10 arts colleges in Kolkata
Learn more about the best arts and humanities colleges in Hyderabad. The list includes Nizam College, Loyola Academy Degree and PG College, and St. Francis College for Women: Top 10 arts colleges in Hyderabad
St.Xavier’s College, L.D arts college, and Bhavan’s Sheth R A Shah College of Arts and Commerce are only some of the top arts colleges in Ahmedabad
St. Mira’s College for Girls tops the list of Top arts colleges in Pune, a list which also includes Symbiosis college and Fergusson College.