History Honours: What to expect?

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History Honours is one of the most popular courses at Delhi University. It attracts high cut-offs in most of the colleges. The course is offered by St Stephens College, Hindu College, Miranda House, Indraprastha College for Women among many others. Here are a few things to keep in mind before applying for this course.


History as a subject in school has been highly based on facts and most students tend to memorize them in order to clear school examinations. The complexity of the subject does increase in subsequent classes but the scope of the discipline is restricted due to various limitations. In contrast to this, at the under graduation level, the discipline cuts across various schools of thought to encourage debate about the social, economic, political and environmental aspects of history. The subject is not limited to dates and facts or a select few texts. It takes into account historical processes and history writing as equally important aspects of the subject.


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Expect to read a lot! History is not based on linear or singular perspectives and hence it is important to know about all viewpoints and interpretations. This necessitates reading a lot of research work and articles. Though this might sound tedious to many, it is actually interesting to observe how the interpretation of history and historical events has changed. Debates and discussions about the same are highly amusing and thought-provoking. Also, the course is not centred around events and rulers. Rather it focuses on primary texts, arts, architecture, gender and socio-economic relations as well.

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Throughout the three years, you will read and understand how we have reached where we are today. Both Indian and world history courses will take you on a journey from the earliest man to the age of globalization. It is a course which will make you introspect and learn more about your society, culture and the global community at a much deeper level.


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The opportunities that come with this course are many. It has been a favourite with UPSC aspirants for many years now. The knowledge gained also helps with other competitive exams. Other than that students can go further into academia and become research scholars. Archaeology and museum studies are also open to students of history. International relations, media studies and MBA are also fields where many students have excelled in.

Think it through and choose the best for yourself!

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Ria Khetarpal
Ria is a rare bibliophile who loves the outdoors more than indoors

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