The number of students enrolling in humanities disciplines has increased in the past three years, according to UGC data. "The University Grants Commission (UGC) has stated that the total number of students enrolled in universities and colleges in the discipline of arts, humanities, social science including languages, oriental learning and area studies has increased in the last three years, a senior HRD ministry official said.
According to the data, 1.22 crore students enrolled in humanities courses across the country in 2014-15 academic session, and the number rose to 1.25 crore and 1.26 crore in 2015-16 and 2016-17 respectively.
"There is a popular perception that those who take science courses are more studious and academically sound and there has been a stigma attached to humanities courses in the society. The perception has changed now. More and more students are opting for humanities courses and having successful careers," the official said.
List of Common Humanities Courses
World Mythology Course
Myths can be viewed as a reflection of the ideals and values of a culture. This course studies the legends, myths and folktales of many different cultures throughout the ages as depicted in art, literature and drama. Although myths of any culture in the world can be studied, some of the more common include those of Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Norse, African and Asian cultures.
Western Culture Course
This overview course introduces students to the various developments in the art, literature, music, philosophy and architecture of Western culture. Major eras covered include Medieval, Early Renaissance and Byzantine. Class discussion and lectures address the similarities and differences in moral and ethical values in Western culture throughout the ages.
Arts in 20th Century Western Culture Course
This course examines the art, literature, music and other performing arts of Western culture through an interdisciplinary perspective. Emphasis is placed on the way the aesthetic, social and cultural values of Western society are reflected in various art forms. Students may be required to attend one or more cultural events, such as music or dance performances or an art show.
Modern European Humanities Course
Students in this course study the artistic, literary, dramatic, political, philosophical and historical accomplishments and output of Europe during the period from the end of the Enlightenment to the 20th century. Course topics require students to read famous and influential works and write essays relating to the influence this period had on contemporary life.
Non-Western Culture Course
This course functions as an introduction to some of the larger cultural groups in the world. Coursework addresses the primary artistic and intellectual achievements of African, Asian, South American, Islamic and Native American cultures. Philosophy, visual art, music, literature and other performing arts are briefly touched upon in this overview course, along with the ways in which they compare and contrast to those of Western culture.