Liberal arts are one of the ancient most subjects in the world. It originated from the ancient Greek period when the Greek stalwarts like Homer and Sophocles believed that liberal arts were the highest form of education. Today the course of liberal arts includes subjects like English Literature, Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences. Any subject apart from the technical ones fall under the category of liberal arts. Liberal art courses in India are offered in various degree colleges and in Universities which offer Masters and doctorate degrees.
Liberal arts bachelor degree is offered at various colleges across India. The admission procedure varies in different colleges. There are few colleges who admit students interested to pursue a degree in liberal arts on the basis of their high school marks, while few others have an entrance exam which a student needs to get through. While many others prepare a percentile based on both.
Liberal arts have a huge range of subjects and one needs to prepare well for cracking an entrance. Let us have a look at the various ways to prepare for a liberal arts course:
For English Literature: If literature is your passion and you love to lose yourself in the mire of novels and theatrics, you should definitely pursue a course in English Literature. Most colleges in India conduct an entrance exam for a course in English Literature and Communicative studies. In order to crack these entrances, you should try to gather knowledge about the History of English Literature.
The basic book on this is A Comprehensive Study on The History of English Periods by Albert. Going through this text will give you a fair understanding of the origin of English and Greek Literature ranging from the Anglo-Saxon period till the post-modern period.
You also need to be good with your comprehension skills as these tests will judge your imaginative contours with a picture or a written piece which you need to comprehend and elaborate. Having the knowledge to read between the lines of a poem is also necessary.
For Political Science: If you wish to get into the intricacies of the country’s legislative system and the details of public policy then a course in Political Science is your forte. However, it is not an easy task. You need to be well aware of all the articles and the sub-articles of the Indian Constitution. A master’s degree in Political Science would require you to be well conversant with the constitution of other countries too. You also need to go through books which have categorized the roles of the executive, the legislature, and the judiciary. If you wish to pursue a bachelor degree in this stream you must take your Civics subject in high school seriously.
For Social Sciences and Philosophy: Liberal Arts also includes social and cultural sciences and the study of anthropology. Reading up Foucault, Derrida and Sigmund Freud will give you an insight into sociological and language semiotics. Reading up Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams will give you an idea about human behavior which is a basic tenet in the stream of anthropology.
If you are passionate about social and cultural intricacies of the society and if the psychological complexities of the human behavior are what interests you, then Liberal Arts is your vocation. Pursue it to understand why Shakespeare said that, “All the world is a stage”.