School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SoHSS) offers an undergraduate curriculum that is unique and unprecedented in India. Students develop valuable communication skills, explore culture and history, and learn to critically examine their society and the world. At SoHSS, research, teaching and creative activities go hand in hand enabling students to become engaged critical thinkers. The curriculum is designed to allow students to specialize in a particular subject while also studying and experimenting with a wide range of other elective subjects.

The School has eight Departments: Art, Design & Performing Arts; Communications; Economics; English; Education; History; International Relations and Governance Studies; and Sociology. The School houses the Center for Public Affairs and Critical Theory, and the Center for Emerging Societies. It offers Undergraduate, Post-graduate and Doctoral programs for students to explore the liberal arts.

Department of Economics

A good training in economics combines mathematical sophistication, computational skills and an appreciation of complex societal functioning. The rigorous and innovative course structure is designed to provide students with both the requisite breadth and depth when it comes to mastering modern economics. Members of faculty are active researchers, trained at some of the best research universities in the world.

Programs offered:

  • Bachelor of Science (Research) in Economics.
  • Master of Science in Economics
  • Ph.D. in Economics

Department of English

The Department of English at Shiv Nadar University is designed to give students the intellectual training, knowledge base, and communication skills necessary for a range of professions: the civil services, publishing, journalism, advertising, content writing, and law. The B.A. (Research) English syllabus seeks to absorb and deploy pedagogical possibilities that have become part of our continuously evolving discipline as it moves through the twenty-first century.

Programs offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Research) in English.
  • Master of Arts in English
  • Ph.D. in English

Department of History

The Department of History at Shiv Nadar University is unique in being able to offer two separate streams of Undergraduate courses in the history and archaeology of South Asia. The research interests of faculty include fields as diverse as the History of Medicine, Visual Histories, Museum Studies, the History of Marginalized Communities, Social History, and Ancient Technology. This diversity forms the basis of a cutting-edge program that goes beyond mere chronological and area surveys to expose students to a variety of creative approaches to understanding the past.

Programs offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Research) in History.

Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology at Shiv Nadar University is alive to the plurality of contemporary South Asian Cultures and welcomes comparative analyses from field sites around the world. This necessitates the study of markets, law, communalism, citizenship, media and material culture, for these are the nodes where social change is both concentrated and most evident.

Programs offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Research) in Sociology.
  • Master of Arts in Sociology
  • Ph.D. in Sociology

About Shiv Nadar University

Shiv Nadar University is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, research-oriented and student-centric University. Through its innovative curriculum and interdisciplinary focus, the University is bringing a paradigm shift in higher education in India. Enabling students to accomplish excellence in their Major while simultaneously pursuing other academic interests through various options under a Minor, the University inculcates critical thinking and problem solving skills. It prepares students to become leaders and decision-makers in the academia, research, industry, business, and policy arenas. University's source of strength lies in its distinctive feature that provides education in a broad range of disciplines and the ability to go into depth in a particular area.

Multidisciplinary Curriculum

The University's goal is to engage students in the study of a broad range of academic and professional disciplines. A student pursuing a Major degree from one School has the option of pursuing a Minor degree from another School.

World class faculty

Globally acclaimed, key advisors to Government and famous authors are teaching at Shiv Nadar University. All faculty at the University are appointed based on their contribution to research activity.

Focus on Research

The University focuses on a broad spectrum of Research, including basic and applied research, interdisciplinary research, scholarly publications and creative expression. The cornerstone of the academic mission of the University is its emphasis on undergraduate research.

Diverse Student Body

The students are from 27 states and UTs in India and selected through a rigorous admission process. The student body reflects diversity in culture, talent and perspective.

Open Culture

Fostering an Exchange of Ideas, Shiv Nadar University provides an exciting space for character and community building and an exchange of ideas. The classroom discussions often continue to the central vista of the University, library, cafeteria and to the beautiful palm groves on campus.

Global Collaborations

Active partnerships encompassing joint research projects, semester exchange programs, joint degree programs and curricular & academic support with the leading universities of the world including the University of Pennsylvania, Babson College, Carnegie Mellon University, Dartmouth College and Duke University.

Fully Residential Programs

As a fully residential campus, Shiv Nadar University continuously provides learning avenues outside of the classroom. Informal chats have led to the genesis of ~30 vibrant student societies, ranging from a curriculum-related robotics club to a creative one like the photography society.

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"The distinguished faculty was the major reason why I decided to join Shiv Nadar University. They excel in their respective fields of study. They are more than welcoming when you want to interact with them after the working hours."

Agrima Zutshi,
B.Sc. (Research) in Economics

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"Out of my six semesters at Shiv Nadar University, my fifth semester was a abroad at Duke Kunshan University where I opted for the Undergraduate Liberal Arts Global Semester"

Indranjan Banerjee,
B.A. (Research) in English

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"We aren’t restricted to our majors, but are given the freedom to select courses from other disciplines."

Arshia Arora,
B.Sc. (Research) in Economics

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"From law to film making to psychology and related sciences, I considered it all until I finally decided upon history."

Lakshmi Ravi,
B.A. (Research) in History

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"When I finally visited the Shiv Nadar University campus to look around and talk to students and professors, I was convinced by dedication, qualifications and warm attitude of everyone around."

Simran Handa,
B.Sc. (Research) in Economics

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"There was just something so new and refreshing about the university’s take on what a meaningful education is."

Adrija Chaudhuri,
B.A. (Research) in History

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"Apart from the ambience, the people of Shiv Nadar University are the most amazing lot you'll ever come across. Be it seniors who are always ready to help you or have a chat with you and tell you the little shortcuts to hostel life or be it the faculty who are ready to sit down and pay attention to every individual and what they require to reach their potential! From the cafe to the central vista, everyone can find something to relate to in the Shiv Nadar University world."

Swetha Sekar ,
B.A. (Research) in Sociology

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Admission Process

Shiv Nadar University’s selection process has three parts:

Part 1: Eligibility based on Class XII scores as defined in the section - Eligibility for Admissions and Scholarships - Undergraduate Programs

Part 2: Shiv Nadar University Scholastic Aptitude Test (SNUSAT) and Academic Proficiency Test (APT) – A combined three hour test to be administered in more than 100 Pearson VUE test centers across India helping every aspirant to participate in the process. SNUSAT and APT will be available as per the details mentioned under section - Key Dates

Part 3: Review of Application Form for the candidate’s aspiration in life and the ability to be a stakeholder at Shiv Nadar University

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