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India is the country that has given birth to a variety of arts and cultures. The prospects of studying humanities have been increasing by the day. I can confidently say that studying the following streams, even though looked down upon by the Indian society, is a blissful experience. These are the sciences that deal with human beings, society and culture. If you planning a career in social science (any field), you have come to the right place. Let’s unleash the plethora of opportunities and build a dream career for you!

1. Architecture:

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Even though it is often debated if B.Arch is art or a science degree, it is safe to say that it has traits of both. Architecture is the art and science of designing and planning buildings. It requires mathematical proficiency and creative thinking. Planning and architecture have been the very foundation of urban life.

Career Prospects: 

Technical Architect: Information Technology based specifications, models and management

Design Architect: Creative drawing and planning of the basic structure of the building

Interior Designing: construction documents, furniture layouts, power and communications, designs, materials and finishes.

Top Colleges:

Department of Planning and Architecture (Delhi)

Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur)

Sir JJ College of Architecture (Mumbai)

Manipal Institute of Technology (Manipal)

Chandigarh College of Architecture (Chandigarh)

BIT- Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra)

2. Classics:

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The course on classics is an interdisciplinary study of literature, society and culture of Greeks and Romans (both ancient and modern). It is a popular course in humanities in foreign countries, especially Europe. Study of classics in India can help us understand the dynamics of various ancient civilisations, literature, linguistics, history, archaeology, epics, philosophy, religious studies and so on.

Career prospects:

Museum and gallery curator

Sharing expertise through teaching and research in universities

Sharing subject knowledge in legal firms

Journalism, editorial assistant and content writing

Top Colleges:

Nalanda University (Rajgir)

Serampore University (Kolkata)

University of Mumbai (Mumbai)

Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh)

Madras Christian College (Chennai)

3. English Literature:

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English literature examines various literary works such as prose, poetry, drama etc. It was initially restricted to Britain but today it is one of the most popular choices of social science graduates all over the world. It analyses the growth of literature, Indian, British and American, novels, authors, writing styles and impact of literature in the modern world.

Career prospects:

Web content writing, digital copywriting, editing, publishing, translating and authorship

Journalism, Social media manager, newspaper and magazine journalist

Lecturer, education consultant, information officer and tutor

Top Colleges:

University of Delhi (Delhi)

Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)

Jamia Millia Islamia University (Delhi)

English and Foreign Languages University (Hyderabad)

Loyola College (Chennai)

4. Fashion & Designing:

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This course needs no introduction! Many of us aspire to be even half as creative as designers. With multiple career options after a degree, fashion and designing have become one of the most sought after course in India as well as abroad. It mainly focuses on beauty, fashion, costume designing, graphic designing and so on.

Career prospects:

Fashion designing: costumes, accessories, fabrics, designs, textures and style outfits.

Retail buyer: business and management, working in the fashion market

Stylist: Picking out the best from a wardrobe/designer’s collection, makeup and hairstylist- magazines, weddings, photographers, models etc.

Top Colleges:

NIFT – National Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata...)

Pearl Academy (Delhi)

Symbiosis Institute of Design (Pune)

Vogue Institute of Art and Design (Bangalore)

5. Fine arts and Performing arts: 

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If your passion is to build a creative career then this is the choice for you. Every moment will be joyous but the rising competition in this field is also a matter of concern. This course needs hard work and perseverance to make it big. Fine arts/Visual arts include drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics, film studies, photography, music, poetry, conceptual art etc. Performing arts include theatre, music and dance (western and classical).

Career prospects:

Broadcasting, film and media

Music, dance and theatre

Screenwriter, actor, producer etc

Arts administrator

Exhibition and graphic designer

Commercial art gallery manager

Top Colleges:

Annamalai University (Tamil Nadu)

IPS- Indore Professional Studies Academy (Indore)

Savithri Phule Pune University

Royal Global University (Guwahati)

Parul Institute of Fine Arts (Vadodara)

5. Geography:

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Human geography mainly covers the study of people, communities, cultures and their interaction with the environment. It is a much sought after course for nature-lovers and graduates who are keen on making a difference in the environment.

Career prospects:

Cartographer and map illustrator

Environment consultant, town planner, landscape architect etc

Recycling/Conservation officer

Lecturer or Professor

Top Colleges:

Fergusson College (Pune)

Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce (Pune)

Banaras Hindu University (Varanasi)

University of Delhi (Delhi)

6. History & Archaeology:

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One of the most wondrous branches of social science is the study of the human past, ancient and modern civilisations. While history uses written sources, archaeology focuses on the remains to decipher the events that have occurred in the past. This course helps us understand the implications of history and how it has shaped our unique cultures. This is perhaps the most popular course in social science in foreign countries.

Career prospects:

Civil service administrator, solicitor and archivist

Academic librarian, journalist and heritage manager

Lecturing and tutoring

Top Colleges:

Loyola College (Chennai)

Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi)

Miranda House College (Delhi)

Presidency College (Chennai)

Institute of Archaeology (Noida)

7. Language and Linguistics:

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Does your passion tell you to challenge the monotony of your tongue? If yes, this is the best course for you. There are nearly 1,652 languages in India and several others in the world. Ancient languages such as Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit etc have great prospects in modern society.

Career prospects:

Teaching English as a foreign language

Lexicographer

Publishing, copywriting, editing and proofreading

Speech and language therapist

Top Colleges:

Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages (Hyderabad)

Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)

University of Calcutta (Kolkata)

Aligarh Muslim University (Aligarh)

University of Kerala (Thiruvananthapuram)

8. Law & Legal Studies:

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Are you interested in the legal/judicial system of our country? It is time for you to save this world from criminals and law-breaking persons. Let’s discuss LLB and LLM. These courses mainly give you an overview of the laws in the constitution, rights and duties, quantitative analysis and problem solving, judicial system of not only but also other countries and international relations.

Career prospects:

Paralegal, Arbitrator, Jury consultant, attorney, case manager

Civil services administrator

Legal analyst and assistant, social activist, legal services director etc

A judge or advocate

Top Colleges:

National Law School of India University (Bangalore)

National Law University (Delhi)

NALSAR University of Law (Hyderabad)

The West Bengal University of Juridical Sciences (Kolkata)

The National Law Institute University (Bhopal)

ILS- Indian Law Society’s Law College (Pune)

9. Philosophy:

It consists of classical and contemporary philosophical writings, the nature of truth, knowledge, mindfulness of the soul and body, the difference between right and wrong, the existence of God etc. It represents the poetic form of one’s life.

Career prospects:

Business, finance, marketing and sales

Providing subject knowledge at legal firms

Journalism- newspapers and magazines

Top colleges:

Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi)

Loyola College (Chennai)

Christ University (Bangalore)

Miranda House (Delhi)

Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)

10. Politics and International Relations:

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India, being one of the largest growing nations in the world, seeks graduates who are willing to take studies relating to the position of India with respect to other countries. This course requires extensive knowledge of current affairs, the political and legal system, different national and international organisations, economic development, and trade relations with other countries and so on.

Career prospects:

Legal consultant and policy analyst

Legislative assistant

Public relations specialist and social researcher

Market research analyst

Civil service fast streamer

Top Colleges:

Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi)

Jadavpur University (Kolkata)

Christ University (Bangalore)

South Asian University (Delhi)

Madras Christian College (Chennai)

11. Psychology:

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The human mind often baffles us. In this modern world, it is very important to know what goes on in that little device of ours. Psychology helps us learn and examine the various clinical, behavioural and emotional aspects of the human brain. It is a highly recommended career choice for most social science graduates.

Career prospects:

Psychiatrist, career counsellor, probation and parole officer

Advertising agent and market researcher

Human resources professional

Laboratory Assistant

Top Colleges:

Lady Shri Ram College (Delhi)

Jesus and Mary College (Delhi)

St. Xavier's College (Mumbai)

Presidency College (Chennai)

Christ University (Bangalore)

Mithibai College of Arts (Mumbai)

Gargi College (Delhi)

12. Social work:

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Is caring for humanity your most cherished skill? If helping and assisting others in need gives you pleasure then this is the perfect course for you. It gives you an opportunity to learn the technical aspects of social work. It includes cultural diversity, social institutions, underprivileged groups, human behaviour and education.

Career prospects:

Nursing in hospitals and clinics, medical and psychiatric social work- mental health counsellor, family/marriage therapist, speech pathologist etc

Child welfare services and health educator

Social/Community Service Manager

Top Colleges:

Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai)

University of Delhi (Delhi)

Rajagiri College for Social Sciences (Kochi)

Loyola College (Chennai)

Christ University (Bangalore)

13. Sociology & Anthropology:

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A course in sociology/anthropology will give you the ultimate guide to the knowledge of human society.  It comprises family, education, religion, social institutions and associations, culture and traditions of the society etc. It is highly sought after course in India and other countries.

Career prospects:

Guidance counsellor and journalism

Human Resources Representative, lawyer, policy analyst, social activism etc

Management consultant, public policy analyst, market research analyst and media planner

Human services administration, social work, education and law enforcement

Top Colleges:

Loyola College (Chennai)

Miranda College (Delhi)

Christ University (Bangalore)

Hindu College (Delhi)

Hansraj College (Delhi)

Punjab University (Chandigarh)

Ashoka University (Sonipat)