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Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts is one of the oldest and well-known undergraduate academic programs in the world. It is commonly known as BA which is a three-year program in India. A large number of courses are covered under the arts category, including the languages, History, Geography, designing courses, Journalism, Philosophy, and Psychology etc. are some of the popular courses in the arts category. The field of study includes the non-scientific and non-technological areas.

The greatest advantage of pursuing the arts program is unlike the Engineering and Science field. The learning options for the graduates are not limited to any specific areas and the scope of specialization is large for the BA holder. It also increases the employment opportunity of the graduate. The major universities in the country are offering the Bachelor of Arts courses in various subjects. There is also an option of pursuing the program by distance mode.

The Arts course is considered to be a flexible course that permits the student to choose a course which is the best match for their career interest. A wide category of courses is available in the arts program. In the arts subjects, there is no restriction regarding the selection of specialization, which is not the case of the other specialized fields. The course will impart the general as well as the vital skills to the candidates, which support the future career aspirations. It also improves the learners analytical, research and communication skills. The post-graduate options as well as the career options available to the arts graduates are huge, which is yet another advantage of the degree.

Duration & Eligibility

The common requirement for pursuing the degree is plus two, from the recognized board under the central/state education board. There is no restriction on the stream in the higher secondary level. The candidate with science, commerce or arts background can opt for the arts program in the graduate level. The applicant must be 17 years of age or more. The requisite minimum percentile will vary from universities or colleges. In the 2011-14 academic year the DU has put the cut off of 96% & above for different programs under arts stream.

List of Bachelor of Arts courses India

General B.A.

B.A in

  • Yoga
  • Women’s Studies
  • Vyakarana
  • Vocational Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Vedanta
  • Urdu Literature
  • Urdu
  • Travel & Tourism Management
  • Tourism Studies
  • Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Textile Design
  • Telugu
  • Tamil
  • Statistics
  • Spanish
  • Sociology
  • Social Science
  • Small & Medium Enterprises
  • Shastri
  • Santali
  • Sanskrit Literature
  • Sanskrit
  • Sahitya
  • Russian
  • Rural Industry
  • Rural Development
  • Rabindra Sangeet
  • Punjabi Literature
  • Punjabi
  • Public Relations
  • Public Administration
  • Psychology
  • Politics
  • Political Science
  • Physical Education
  • Philosophy
  • Persian
  • Pali
  • Oriya
  • Oriental Culture
  • Office Management
  • Office Administration & Secretarial Practice
  • Museology
  • Military Studies
  • Media Technologies
  • Mathematics
  • Materials Management
  • Mass Communication
  • Marketing Management & Retail Business
  • Marathi
  • Management of Tourism Business
  • Management & Marketing of Insurance
  • Management
  • Malayalam with Journalism
  • Malayalam
  • Maithili
  • Lalit Kala
  • Khasi
  • Kannada
  • Jyothisha
  • Journalism, Psychology, and English
  • Journalism and Mass Communications
  • Journalism
  • Japanese
  • Islamic Studies
  • Islamic History
  • International Hospitality Administration
  • Human Rights Education
  • Human Rights
  • Human Resource Management
  • Hotel Management
  • Hospitality Tourism
  • Hospitality Management
  • Home Science
  • Home Management
  • Home Management
  • History of Fine Arts
  • History
  • Hindi Literature
  • Hindi
  • Gujarati Literature
  • Gujarati
  • German
  • Geography
  • Garment Production & Export Management
  • Gandhian Social Work
  • Game Designing and Development
  • Functional Hindi
  • Functional English
  • French
  • Foreign Trade and Practice
  • Fashion Design & Technology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • English with Journalism
  • English Literature and Theatre Studies
  • English Literature
  • English
  • Education
  • Economics with Transport Studies
  • Economics
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Drama
  • Digital Film Making & Recording Arts
  • Digital Film Making & Animation
  • Developmental Economics
  • Defense & Strategic Studies
  • Corporate Economics
  • Convergent Journalism
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Applications & Informatics
  • Computer Applications
  • Comparative Religion
  • Comparative Literature
  • Communicative English with Journalism
  • Communicative English
  • Cinematography
  • Cinema and Photography
  • Chinese Language Course
  • Chinese (Modern
  • Childhood Studies
  • Child welfare and Social Studies
  • Bharatanatyam
  • Bengali
  • Assamese
  • Arabic
  • Anthropology
  • Animation & Computer Graphics
  • Ancient History
  • Alankar – Veda
  • Alankar – Jyotish Karamkand
  • Alankar – Dharam Darshan Sanskriti
  • Agro service
  • Afzal-Ul-Ulama
  • Advertising & Brand Management
  • (Hons.) Hotel Management
  • (Hons.) Hospitality Management
  • (Hons.) Culinary Arts
  • (Hons) Vedic Astrology
  • (Hons) Russian
  • (Hons) Music
  • (Hons) Mass Media Hindi
  • (Hons) Mass Communication and Journalism
  • (Hons) Linguistic
  • (Hons) Instrumental Music)
  • (Hons) Fine Arts
  • (Hons) Education
  • (Hons) Drama
  • (Hons) Classical (Vocal) Music
  • (Hons) (Philosophy)
  • (Hon) Rabindra Sangeet


Admission Procedure for BA program

The admission process for the bachelor’s degree in the arts subjects depends on the merit list prepared by the university or colleges. The list considers the performance of the candidates in the qualifying examination, higher secondary, and also the extra curricular activities of the candidates. For some course like designing, Hotel Management etc. the universities/institute conducts entrance test like NEED, CEED, NCHMCTEE etc. for the admission purpose. The application for the bachelor’s course will be available from the month of June from the university/college counters. The filled form should be submitted to the admission center before the final date.


BA Course Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts program is a three year program of 6 semesters. The curriculum of the program varies according to the university and also on the subject opted for. The curriculum includes the lecture classes, discussions, seminars, projects and assignments and the semester/yearly examinations. The subjects will be different for different arts program and the popular subjects are,

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Education
  • Economics
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Hindi
  • History
  • Library Science
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Psychology
  • Sanskrit
  • Sociology

BA Course Evaluation

The BA course valuation is primarily done by the exam conducted at the year end or by the semester examination. The course curriculum also includes the internal assessment done by the respective faculty of each subjects. These internal assessments are mainly done on the basis of classroom participations, assignments and classroom projects. The year end examination is common at the university level and the common evaluation is done at the university examination centers. It is mandatory that the students should score the required minimum marks in each subject in each year.

Job and Career options

The graduates in the Arts program have a lot of future options. The can continue their studies by taking the courses like

  • Master of Arts
  • MBA
  • MCA
  • B. Ed
  • LLB

After completing the post graduate the interested students can also opt for the M Phil and PhD programs. The computer courses and certificate courses are also available for the Arts candidates. They can also enroll into the coaching institutes for bank and UPSC examinations. The BPOs, KPOs and other corporate firms are looking for the graduates in different fields. The candidates can also have the employment opportunity with the Government firms.

Vast career opportunities are available for the arts graduates. After the successful completion of the bachelor’s degree one can build their career as an economist, Personnel manager, Sociologist, Relation Executive, Political scientist etc. They can also work as a Social activist, Educationalist, Journalist after their BA program. Some of the area and nature of the jobs are listed below, they are:

  • Employment Areas
  • Banks
  • Business Houses
  • Consultancies
  • Educational Institutes
  • Fire Department
  • Economic Development
  • Export Companies
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Field Research Firms
  • Financial Organizations
  • Industrial Houses
  • Law Firms
  • Lobbying Firms
  • Management
  • Marketing Research Firms
  • Municipal Planning
  • Multinational Companies
  • News Media
  • Public Works
  • Publishing Firms
  • Political Organizations
  • Police
  • Tourism

Job Types

  • Administrative Officer
  • Business Administrator
  • Business Consultants
  • Business Management Researcher
  • Business Management Professor
  • Finance Managers
  • Human Resource Managers
  • Information Systems Managers
  • Lobbyist/Organizer
  • Management Analyst
  • Management Accountants
  • Marketing Managers
  • Labour Management Relations Specialist
  • Social Worker
  • Personnel Management Specialist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Political Commentator
  • Pollster
  • Political Correspondent
  • Production Managers
  • Public Affairs Research Analyst
  • Public Opinion Analyst
  • Research and Development Managers

Remuneration after BA

There isn’t any fixed pay package for the candidates having graduation in arts courses. It will vary according to the area and sector of working, the knowledge and expertise of the candidates. The Government and private firms have a difference in the salary package for their employees. The fresher in journalism can earn from Rs. 10.000-12,000/month and one who works for the public sector bank can get Rs. 18,000/month from the initial stage.

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