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    BA History Syllabus & Subjects 2023

    BA History Syllabus and Subject Overview

    BA History or the Bachelor of Arts in History is one of the most sought-after undergraduate degrees. Every aspect of human experience, including social life, the economy, culture, thought, and politics, is covered by the History as subject. The BA History syllabus includes the study of people, groups, communities and nations from every possible aspect, utilizing all the methods from the humanities and social sciences to comprehend why things happen, how people react to things and how things change the society where we live in. 
    The BA History course syllabus  also covers the birth and growth of various civilizations from a wide range of perspectives like geographical, economical, social and cultural. Students will also get the necessary knowledge to comprehend and assess the main contributions made to the world by the various civilizations. BA History course syllabus also includes some of the core subjects like Ancient Indian History, Medieval India, Ancient World History, USA and USSER History and so on.

    BA History Year Wise Syllabus

    BA History Syllabus covers the key historical events that have occurred in Asia, India, and other regions of the world.

    BA History First Year Syllabus

    The first year course syllabus of BA History is provided in the following table. Various BA History core subjects are covered under the curriculum of first year.

    Semester -ISemester -II
    The Idea of BharatHistory of India: Earliest time to 550 CE
    History of World CivilizationHistory of Europe: 13th Century to 1789
    Delhi: Ancient or  Environmental Issues in IndiaDelhi: Medieval or Research methodology in History
    EnglishEnvironmental Science

    BA History Second Year Syllabus

    Candidates can check the second year BA History Course syllabus in the table provided below along with the some of the important BA History Second Year subjects.

    Semester- IIISemester- IV
    History of India: 550 CE- 1200 CEHistory of Modern World: 1919-1945
    History of Europe: 1789-1919History of India: 1707- 1857
    History of India: 1200- 1707Indian National Movement 1857-1947
    Understanding Heritage or Archives and MuseumArt Appreciation: An introduction to Indian Art Or Understanding popular culture
    Delhi: Modern or Making contemporary IndiaIssues in Contemporary World

    BA History Third Year Syllabus

    The last two semesters of BA History syllabus deal with some of the very important topics of the subject. Aspirants can check the third year BA History Course Syllabus, which is provided below.

    Semester- VSemester- VI
    History of Modern India: 1947-2000Asian Resurgence
    Cultural Heritage of IndiaHistory of Communication
    History of United States of America -I (C. 1776 -1945) or History of Africa (c. 1500 - 1960s) or History of the USSR-I (c. 1917- 1964)History of Southeast Asia-The 20TH Century or History of Modern East Asia-II (c. 1868-1945)
    History of Southeast Asia-The 19TH Century or History of Modern East Asia-I (c.1840-1919)History of United States of America -II (C. 1776 - 1945) or History of the USSR-II (c. 1917- 1964) or History of Latin America (c. 1500 - 1960s)

    Note: The syllabus may differ from University to University.

    BA History Subjects & Course Subjects

    The following table consists of the BA History course subjects that are taught during the duration of course. The table also indicates the particular topics that are taught under the specific BA History course subjects.

    BA History SubjectsTopics Covered
    History of India (from Ancient up to 600 AD)

    ·         Religious Development

    ·         Aspects of Society

    ·         Age of the Guptas

    ·         Mauryan and Post Mauryan Era

    ·         Vedic Corpus and Transition to Janapadas and Mahajanapadas

    ·         Harappan Civilization

    ·         Pre – Historic Hunter-Gatherers

    ·         Reconstructing Ancient Indian History

    History of India (from 600 AD to 1500 AD)

    ·         Institutional Structure (Varna System)

    ·         Cave Architecture Polity

    ·         Sanskrit Literature Temple

    ·         Indian & Oceanic Trade

    ·         Urban Centres

    ·         Agricultural Expansion

    ·         Ghaznavi & Ghori’s Invasion of India

    ·         The Emergence of Major Political Centres – Peninsular India Arab, Bengal and Kannauj

    History of India (1500 AD to 1800 AD)

    ·         Society, Religion and Culture in Mughal India

    ·         The Mughal Empire

    ·         Economy In Mughal India

    ·         Crisis of the Mughal EmpireIdeology and State in Mughal India

    History of India (1800 AD to Modern times)

    ·         Partition of India

    ·         Communal Politics

    ·         Post War Upsurges

    ·         Pre-War Political Developments

    ·         New Trends in National Movements

    ·         The Gandhian Era

    ·         Indian Nationalism

    ·         Colonial Intervention and Growth of Modern Education

    ·         Revolt of 1857

    ·         Early Resistance to Colonial Rule

    ·         Rural Economy & Society

    ·         Socio-Religious Movements in India

    ·         East India Company – Theory of Rent

    Ancient World History

    ·         Political, Sociological and Cultural History of Rome

    ·         Macedonia Expansion

    ·         Political History of Greece

    ·         Major Centres of Ancient Mediterranean World – Persia Egypt and Mesopotamia

    ·         Polis in Ancient Greece

    ·         Slave Society in Ancient Greece

    ·         Nomadic groups in Ancient and Central Asia

    ·         Bronze Age Civilization

    ·         Paleolithic & Mesolithic Cultures

    Transformation of Europe

    ·         English Civil war of the 17th Century

    ·         Europe Scientific Revolution

    ·         Renaissance Humanism Economy of 17th Century

    ·         Proto Industrialization Renaissance

    ·         Economic Expansion of Europe in the 16th Century

    ·         The economy in the 15th Century

    ·         Development of the National Monarchy

    ·         Fall of Constantinople

    ·         Economic Crisis of the 14th Century

    ·         Crisis of Feudalism

    ·         Nature of Feudal Society

    European History

    ·         Anglo – German Antagonism

    ·         Age of Imperialism

    ·         The Third Republic, German Reich and Paris Commune

    ·         Rise of Working Class Movement and Socialist through Arts and Culture, Religion and Science of 18th Century Europe

    ·         Industrialization of Europe

    ·         France Under the IInd Empire

    ·         Russian Modernization

    ·         Unification of Italy and Germany

    ·         The Emergence of Non-Nation States in Central Europe

    ·         The Vienna Congress

    ·         French Revolution of Napoleon Bonaparte

    ·         Understanding the 18th Century Europe, Social Economic and Political Background to French Revolution

    World Politics 

    ·         Truman Doctrine

    ·         Cold War

    ·         United Nations Organization

    ·         US Foreign Policy

    ·         The Great Depression

    ·         Reunification of Germany

    ·         Indo-Pakistan Relations

    ·         The League of Nations

    History of East Asia

    ·         The emergence of Japan as an Imperial Power

    ·         Economic Modernization

    ·         Popular and Democratic Movements

    ·         Meiji Restoration

    ·         Japan – Pre-Restoration Period

    ·         Nationalism and Communism in China

    ·         Colonial Penetration in China

    ·         China and Pre Colonial China

    History of the United States of America

    ·         Making of the Republic

    ·         Religious, Cultural and Intellectual Trends

    ·         Women’s Movement

    ·         Afro-American Movements

    ·         US Imperialism

    ·         Civil War and Industrial America

    ·         Early Capitalism

    ·         Evolution of American Democracy

    History of Latin America 

    ·         Economic Transformations

    ·         Assertion of the US Hegemony Bolivar’s Vision

    ·         Conquest of America and its Repercussions





































































































    BA History Subjects

    BA History deals with various core subjects. The core subjects of BA History will differ from institution to institution as they are based on the BA History course syllabus.  Here is a list of the major BA History subjects that are taught.

    ·         History of India (from Ancient up to 600 AD)

    ·         History of India (from 600 AD to 1500 AD)

    ·         History of India (1500 AD to 1800 AD)

    ·         History of Latin America 

    ·         History of the United States of America

    ·         Ancient Indian History

    ·         History of East Asia

    ·         Ancient World History

    ·         Medieval Indian History

    ·         Transformation from Modern to Present India

    ·         Ancient World History

    ·         Political Theory

    ·         Pre and Post Colonisation

    ·         USA and USSR History

    ·         European Integration and Transformation

    ·         History of Latin America

    ·         African History

    ·         World Politics


     BA History Discipline Specific Elective Subjects

    Candidates can have a glance at the discipline specific electives of BA History course, which are provided here.

    ·         History of United States of America -I (C. 1776 -1945)

    ·         History of United States of America -II (C. 1776 - 1945)

    ·         History of the USSR-I (c. 1917- 1964)

    ·         History of the USSR-II (c. 1917- 1964)

    ·         History of Africa (c. 1500 - 1960s)

    ·         History of Latin America (c. 1500 - 1960s)

    ·         History of Southeast Asia-The 19TH Century

    ·         History of Southeast Asia-The 20TH Century

    ·         History of Modern East Asia-I (c.1840-1919)

    ·         History of Modern East Asia-II (c. 1868-1945)


    BA History General Elective Subjects

    The general elective papers of BA History are provided here.

    ·         Environmental Issues in India

    ·         Research methodology in History

    ·         Making contemporary India

    ·         Delhi: Ancient

    ·         Delhi: Medieval

    ·         Delhi: Modern

    ·         Issues in Contemporary World


    Ability Enhancement Papers offered in BA History

    As per the UGC, the following are the two Ability Enhancement Papers offered in BA History

    ·         English

    ·         Environmental Science


    Skill Enhancement Courses

    BA History offers also some of the courses under Skill Enhancement. Listed below are the Skill Enhancement Courses of BA History

    ·         Understanding Heritage

    ·         Art Appreciation: An introduction to Indian Art

    ·          Archives and Museum

    ·         Understanding popular culture

    BA History Syllabus for Distance Course

    The following table contains the BA History Distance Education Course Syllabus.

    History of India upto A.D.1206History of Early Medieval India (A.D.1206-1526)
    History of Tamilnadu upto A.D.1565History of Tamilnadu (A.D.1565-1806)
    Geography of IndiaTourism: Principles and Practices
    History of Later Medieval India (A.D.1526-1707)History of Modern India (A.D.1707-1858)
    History of MadrasHistory of Modern Tamilnadu (A.D.1806-2016)
    Basic Principles of Indian ConstitutionPerforming Arts in Tamilnadu
    History of Modern India(A.D.1858-1947)History of Contemporary India (A.D.1947- 2014)
    History of World Civilizations (Excluding India)History of China and Japan (A.D.1900-1990)
    History of Europe(A.D.1815-1945)History of South-East Asia (A.D.1900-2000)
    Archives KeepingStudies in Human Rights
    Environmental StudiesValue Education



    BA History Entrance Exam Syllabus

    Candidates who would like to pursue BA History programme, must have knowledge about various entrance exams and their syllabus in order to secure the admission. Listed below are the some of the popular BA History entrance examination along with their syllabus.

    BA History Entrance ExamAbout BA History Entrance ExamBA History Entrance Exam Syllabus
    CUETThe Common University Entrance Test (CUET) is an all-India examination administered by the National Testing Agency (NTA) for students seeking admission to various programmes at participating Central Universities.CUET Syllabus for BA History Entrance Exam

    BA History Important Books

    Candidates can examine a few BA History books that prestigious universities use to teach BA History courses. Students are advised to refer their BA History books frequently to acquire and understand the course effectively.

    ·         Prehistory and Protohistory of India – An Appraisal by VK Jain

    ·         Ancient India by RC Majumdar

    ·         Ancient History of India by Charles J. Naegele

    ·         A Concise History of South India: Issues and Interpretations by Noboru Karashima

    ·         A Textbook of Medieval Indian History by Sailendra Nath Sen

    ·         A History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra

    ·         Jainism - History, Society, Philosophy and Practice by Agustin Paniker

    ·         Post-Mauryan India 200BC - AD300: A Political and Economic History by Irfan Habib

    ·         South India Under the Cholas by Y. Subbarayalu

    ·         A History of Assam by Edward Albert Gait


    BA History Course Structure

     BA History programme is divided into six semesters. There are two semesters in each year. Theory classes (lectures) and tutorial classes will both be used for teaching and learning within the B.A. history programme. Six and four credit courses make up the BA History programme. To obtain a degree in BA History one must study 14 Core Courses. In the first year, candidates must complete four core courses two each in semester I and II. In the second year, students must study 6 core courses three each in semester III and IV. In the final year candidates have to study four core courses two each in both fifth and sixth semester.  Additionally, four multidisciplinary general elective courses are required of all students. 

    Students may choose any four courses given in related fields by different departments in their college. Students must study two discipline-specific Skill Enhancement Courses (SEC) along with other papers. The department of History offers SEC courses in semester III and IV. Additionally, they have to study two Ability Enhancement Courses (AEC), one for each of the first and second semesters. These courses are not related to History.

    ·         VI Semesters

    ·         Core Subjects

    ·         Electives

    ·         Discipline Specific Electives

    ·         Project  Submission


    FAQs about B.A. History Syllabus

    What are the major subjects that make up the BA History syllabus?

    The major subjects that make up the BA History syllabus are Ancient World History, Medieval Indian History, Transformation from Modern to Present India, Ancient World History, Political Theory, Pre and Post Colonisation, USA and USSR History, European Integration and Transformation

    Can I pursue an MA in History after finishing BA History course?

    Candidates, who would like to pursue MA History, must have completed BA History with a minimum GPA of 50%.

    Can I apply for BA History without taking History in my 12th grade?

    Yes, History is not a compulsory subject to study BA History.

    Does BA History course have a good scope in future?

    Yes, the growing number of professional choices, a BA in history offers very strong future prospects. After completing the BA History course, applicants have the option of pursuing master's and research programmes in addition to employment opportunities.

    How many papers are there in BA History?

    The total number of papers varies depending on the college. The semester system, which is used in the majority of institutions, requires a minimum of 5 subjects per semester. The maximum number of papers could be seven in BA History. As a result, the total number of papers for the entire BA History course would be in the range of 35 to 37.
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