The Department of Humanities has come a long way since its inception in the year 2011. It progressed from being the Center for Media Studies to the Department of Humanities in 2021.
The Department of Humanities at Presidency College is one of the most vibrant Departments. Our focus is on equipping students with conceptual knowledge, analytical and life skills coupled with communicative skills with a multi-dimensional approach. The objective is to facilitate the overall personality development of the students and prepare them to face real time challenges. The Department offers courses in Journalism, Psychology, and Political Science. The curriculum framework of all the courses is designed to meet the industry standards and is in congruence with NEP 2020.
Media plays a ubiquitous role in our lives. Innovations and inventions in communication technology have revolutionized the media landscape. With this, the role of a Journalist/communication specialist has undergone transformation. The Journalism Course at Presidency College is designed to reflect the contemporary trends in the media world.
The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach to equip students with requisite theoretical understanding and practical skills. Allied streams such as Language and Literature, Cyber technology, Economics, Marketing, and Public Policy. are integrated into the course to enable students with a sound grounding in various aspects of Media.
Course in Gender studies, Culture studies, Media Literacy, Film Appreciation infuses sensitivity and critical thinking in the learners. Students will get hands-on training in all practical areas of the field including Audio-visual production, Film Making and Photography.
Internships and Projects at regular intervals prepare students to learn on the field. A wide array of specialised courses in the domain of Digital Marketing, Marketing Communication, Film Making, Broadcast Media and Digital Journalism are offered to facilitate employability.
In keeping with NEP, the department has incorporated into the course skill and knowledge enhancing courses like Aptitude and Logical Reasoning, Popular Literature, Gender Studies, Theatre Studies and Film Studies. These courses have been chosen to enable the students to connect meaningfully with the outside world in the capacity of a professional and individual. It also supplements the humanities program as they nurture socially aware, responsible citizens of the world.
Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. Psychology includes the study of conscious and unconscious phenomena, as well as feelings and thought. It is an academic discipline of immense scope, crossing the boundaries between the natural and social sciences. Psychologists seek an understanding of the emergent properties of brains, linking the discipline to neuroscience. As a social science, psychologists aim to understand the behaviour of individuals and groups. The psychology course at Presidency College is crafted keeping in mind the recent developments in this field and career opportunities. It introduces and delves into Child Development, Social Psychology, Organisational Psychology, Abnormal Psychology to name a few. The course adopts an experiential learning approach with the right mix of theory, practical, workshops, guest lectures and projects. The course is initiated with the basic understanding of the fundamentals of psychological concepts and covers various papers like developmental psychology, social psychology, counselling psychology, psychopathology and industrial psychology. Internships are an integral part of the curriculum which aims to provide the relevant filed exposure. The psychology club activities ensure and engage students towards the applicability of the subject knowledge. The students are encouraged to sharpen their analytical and logical thinking by facilitating research work.
Political Science is a versatile social science subject leading to a variety of career paths. Incorporating a strong interdisciplinary emphasis in the structure and design of its prescribed syllabi, the subject fosters a systematic and scientific understanding of political systems, policy making, governance issues, Indian and World governments and procedures and theories and practices of international politics. The students are encouraged to build a thorough basis of Indian Politics starting with the Indian Politics, Indian Constitution, Indian Parliamentary Procedures. They are given a solid base to understand world politics through Western Political Thought, International Relations to name a few. Besides regular classroom teaching students get to be part of seminars, write research papers and do presentations. The course also engages in organizing conferences, seminars, workshops, symposiums, group discussions and guest lectures for the expansion of knowledge horizons. It equips the students for plethora of career options and leadership roles. While pursuing this subject students will be able to gain knowledge of politics and government. They will also gain valuable analytical, communication and research skills and become conscientious and alert citizens. Having a high quality of writing and verbal articulation abilities will enable students to explore careers in Civil service, Political leadership, Political Consultancies, Embassy and Commissions, Risks Analysis for corporates, Non-Governmental organisations, or International Government organisations.