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 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

Department of Art and Performing Arts

The Department of Art, Design and Performing Arts nurtures rigorous and thoughtful interface with questions of society, culture, and politics. The department is offering a Master of Fine Arts - a full-time, two-year (4 semester) studio-based and research-centered program. The unique feature of the MFA Program is that each student works with three mentors from a faculty of practicing artists, visiting as well as guest faculty, advisors, drawn from the best contemporary artists and theorists of India. Apart from this, the department will offer the Masters students individual art studios, project spaces, cutting-edge production workshops, multi-media labs, and a dedicated library and visual resources facility.

Programs offered:

  • Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Department of Design

Design as a field of study evolved over a period, transforming knowledge from various disciplines (like Art, Craft, Architecture, Engineering, Psychology etc.) into a field of study focused on user-centric innovation. In future, it is envisaged to play a crucial role in elucidating many complex and multifaceted problems of the society, environment, and economy. Shiv Nadar University, acknowledging its significance has set-up Department of Design (DoD) with the mission of nurturing creative minds into outstanding design leaders, passionate for creating a difference in society. The Department is grounded in the philosophy of Liberal Education and through its research intensive, practice-based programs, it intends to become a Centre of Excellence in Design Education, Research, and Practice.

Programs offered:

  • Master of Design (M. Des.)

Department of International Relations

The Department of International Relations seeks to bring world historical developments in conversation with theories of international relations. While conscious of advances in the Anglo-American mainstream, the Department is inclined to pursue more wide-ranging empirical and theoretically anchored accounts of international politics across diverse issue areas – development, security and the environment. Twenty-first century Asia qualifies as a special theatre of attention in this regard from our vantage point.

Programs offered:

  • Major: Bachelor of Arts (Research) in International Relations
  • Minor: International Relations

About Shiv Nadar University

Shiv Nadar University is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, student-centric and research-focused 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. The 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.

Shiv Nadar University was established by the Act No. 12 of 2011 of State Legislature of Uttar Pradesh as a State Private University, and was empowered by the UGC to award degrees under Section 22 of the UGC Act, 1956. The University is currently registered with DSIR, Government of India as a Research Institute.

Multidisciplinary Curriculum

The innovative and diverse range of disciplines inculcate an ability to critically examine the problems, and challenge existing assumptions among the students.

World class faculty

Doctorates, post-doctorates, and inspired practitioners in their area of expertise form the globally acclaimed faculty pool at Shiv Nadar University

Focus on Research

A broad spectrum of research includes basic and applied research, interdisciplinary research, scholarly publications and creative expression. The pioneering Opportunities in Undergraduate Research (OUR) program gives undergraduates a hands-on experience in conducting research under faculty supervision.

Diverse Student Body

The University is home to best and brightest of the students, who come from 27 States and UTs across India, and bring diversity in culture, talent and perspective to the campus.


Freedom of inquiry and creation of an intellectual environment conducive to free, open, and respectful exchange of ideas is among the values the University is fostering within its ecosystem.

Global Collaborations

The University has active partnerships with NYU, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Babson College, Peking University, University of Bologna, Deakin University, University of Gothenburg, Heidelberg, Wellington Institute, Whitireia New Zealand, Ontario Exchange, and Network n+i institutions France.

Fully Residential Programs

Fully residential campus with learning avenues outside the classroom has led to formation of around 30 vibrant student societies, from curriculum related robotics club to creative interests like 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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