Liberal Arts Undergraduate Programme



Programmes Offered
Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.)
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA)


Programmes Offered

Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) | Bachelor of Arts (BA) | Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) | Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA)

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Painting
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Sculpture
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Visual Arts

*Indicative list of Majors.

Selected Minors

Any major can be coupled with any minor.

All majors listed above can also act as minors.

  • Advertising and Communication
  • Literature and Science
  • Indian Polity
  • Digital Humanities
  • Governance and Grassroots
  • Visual Design


A liberal arts education is the best way that students can learn to be independent thinkers. By traveling across disciplines, between the sciences and the arts, students can be liberated from traditional boundaries and reach their full intellectual and professional potentials.

Liberal arts education at Alliance is about the process as much as the result: it is not about what you study but how you think. This philosophy of education prepares students for leadership in any and every field by giving them the ability to think critically, write persuasively, and intervene decisively. Political science and sociology will be taught to understand the civic system and political behavior; history and the visual arts will broaden cultural perspectives, and psychology and geography will help paint the lay of the mental and physical landscapes in which students will make their lives and careers.

Dr.Akshay Dhume

Uniquely at Alliance, students in the liberal arts are not funneled into specific streams and classes but given the freedom to explore a vast variety of subjects while plotting their own course to their majors. Students are encouraged to be sure about their passions and goals before settling on a path. During the process, they will be encouraged to master skills in languages, statistics, computing, and even extra-curricular pursuits in sports, drama, debate, and more to give them an edge in the competitive world awaiting them.

With excellence in teaching, research, and pedagogy, Alliance introduces the School of Liberal Arts to further its aim of providing a holistic education—to instill values, skills, and knowledge—to all its budding thinkers, scholars, problem-solvers, and leaders, allowing them to inspire in every walk of life and lead successful and meaningful lives.

Course Duration

The Liberal Arts Pr​ogramme typically lasts four years. However, the students may choose to exit at different points of the course.

Exit Options:

One Year Certificate
Two Year Diploma
Three Year Bachelor's Degree
Four Year Bachelor's Degree with Honors or GLA
Five Year Bachelor's Degree with Honors and GLA


Students are required to successfully complete 8 foundation courses, 4 core courses, 2 GLA courses and 2 languages in the first year of study. It is mandatory that they complete at least one course from each foundation themes.

Foundation Themes

  • Social Science
  • Languages and Humanities
  • Physical and Natural Sciences
  • Fine, Visual and Performing Arts

Core Courses

  • Academic Writing
  • Ethics
  • Logic
  • Rhetoric

GLA Themes

  • Governance and Citizenship
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Social Welfare and Environment
  • Communication
  • Innovation
  • Critical Thinking

Meet our Faculty


Adam Jones
Dphil – University of Oxford

Dr. Adam Jones completed DPhil from University of Oxford after a four years undergraduate master’s programme in Mathematics from Queen Mary University of London.

Dr. Jones is primarily involved in research on non-commutative algebra, often with application to representation theory. He has taught and supervised groups for a variety of subjects such as linear algebra, commutative algebra, representation theory and lie algebras.

GLA Course Title: The history and role of algebra in the development of mathematics.

Bernhard Kasberger
Ex-Fellow - University of Oxford

Dr. Kasberger is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Dusseldorf Institute of Competition Economics. He completed his Ph.D. in Economics from University of Vienna, M.Sc. In Economics from Institute for Advanced Studies and TU Wien and a B.Sc. In Economics from WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.

Teaching and research areas of Dr. Kasberger include Game Theory, Auction and Market Design and Industrial Organization.

Dr. Kasberger is a recipient of multiple awards and honors such as NOeG Young Economists Award and Heinz-König-Young-Scholar-Award from ZEW Mannheim. He is an Austrian citizen and actively publishes  in renowned journals.

GLA Course Title: Strategic thinking in practice.

Crescente Molina
Dphil – University of Oxford

Dr. Crescente Molina holds a doctorate (Dphil) in philosophy of law from the University of Oxford and has law degrees from UC Berkeley (LLM) and Catholic University of Chile (LLB).

Dr. Crescente Molina is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Law School’s Project on the Foundations of Private law. His work lies at the intersection of moral, legal, and political philosophy, and private law. He has written mostly about the morality of promises and contracts, He is currently working on a book project on the law’s role in creating and recognizing some of our normative powers.

GLA Course Title: Law and its Moral limits: A Contemporary Introduction to the Philosophy of Law.

Liam Saddington
Dphil – University of Oxford

Dr. Liam completed his DPhil in Geography and the Environment at the School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, with his thesis "Rising Seas and Sinking Island: The Geopolitics of Climate Change in Tuvalu and Kiribati". Dr. Liam Saddington is currently an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Liam first entered the department to read for a BA in Geography before completing his MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Governance in 2017. Dr. Liam was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of the South Pacific.

GLA Course Title: The Philosophy of Rights: historical and contemporary perspectives.

Luke Davies
Dphil – University of Oxford

Dr. Luke Davies is a fellow in political theory in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to joining the LSE, he completed a PhD and MA in philosophy at the University of Oxford and a BA in philosophy at the University of Toronto. His work to date has focused primarily on the political philosophy of Kant, particularly Kant's account of citizenship and rights.

GLA Course Title: The Philosophy of Rights: historical and contemporary perspectives.

Maximilian Kiener
Dphil – University of Oxford

Dr. Maximilian Kiener received a DPhil and BPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford as well as a BA in Philosophy and Public Law from the University of Regensburg in Germany. Dr. Kiener’s work has been published, for instance, in The Journal of Moral Philosophy, Philosophical Studies, and The Journal of Medical Ethics, and was also awarded the international prizes SOPHIA in 2016 and the CEPE IACAP Best Paper Award in 2021.

Dr. Kiener is a philosopher at the University of Oxford and specialises in moral and legal philosophy. His research, which is supported by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, focuses on consent, responsibility, and artificial intelligence.

GLA Course Title: The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.

Dphil – University of Oxford

Dr. Théo holds a Dphil from University of Oxford. Prior to his doctoral work, Dr. Théo studied for an Msci in Astrophysics at University College London and has a Baccalaureate in France. His research work has been on areas such as ‘the dynamics of Dark Matter halos in galaxies like the Milky Way’ or ‘comparing numerical methods to simulate the formation of stellar halos’.

Dr. Théo is currently in France working towards obtaining the Agregation de Physique, a French higher education teaching certification.

GLA Course Title: From Chaos to Complexity: studying dynamical systems in physics and elsewhere

Peter McDonald
Professor – University of Oxford

For most of his professional life Peter has been thinking about the idea of culture as it has been shaped and reshaped over the past two hundred years, and about the processes and perils of literary guardianship, especially in the complex, mobile, and interconnected world that emerged in the course of the long twentieth century. This guiding preoccupation has informed his work on censorship, the rise of mass culture, media history and questions of the book, the public value of literature, critical theory, and interculturalism. It has also led Peter to write on an eclectic range of authors, including Arnold, Beckett, Bennett, Blanchot, Bourdieu, Brink, Breytenbach, Amit Chaudhuri, Coetzee, Conan Doyle, Conrad, Derrida, T.S. Eliot, Gordimer, Kirsty Gunn, Sarah Howe, Jensma, Joyce, Krog, Lawrence, Matthews, Mehrotra, Mphahlele, Ndebele, Pound, Rushdie, Serote, Tagore, Woolf, and Yeats.

Peter teaches literatures in English from around 1830 to the present and critical theory.

GLA Course Title: The Experience of Art.

Merve Emre
Associate Professor – University of Oxford

Merve Emre is Associate Professor of English at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Para literary: The Making of Bad Readers in Post-war America (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), The Ferrante Letters (New York: Columbia University Press, 2019), and The Personality Brokers (Doubleday: New York, 2018), which was selected as one of the best books of 2018 by the New York Times, the Economist, NPR, CBC, and the Spectator, and has been adapted for CNN/HBO Max as the documentary feature film Persona. She is the editor of Once and Future Feminist (Cambridge: MIT, 2018), The Annotated Mrs. Dalloway (New York: Liveright, 2021), and The Norton Modern Library Mrs. Dalloway (New York: Norton, 2021).

GLA Course Title: Abuses of psychometry in the marketplace.

Tedd Moya
Fellow – University of Oxford

Dr. Tedd is a qualified lawyer, academic, and consultant in energy, environment, climate change, technology, sustainable development and finance. Dr. Tedd holds a Ph.D. from Queen Mary University of London. He is also a board member and strategist in conservation, education, philanthropy, and technology ventures in sub-Saharan Africa, the UK, and the Middle East. He is currently an Oxford Martin Fellow at the Oxford University Martin Programme on Integrating Renewable Energy.

Dr. Tedd has research affiliations with the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London and has also taught and held various multi-disciplinary positions at the Universities of St. Andrews, Cape Town, Michigan, Dundee, and LSE.

GLA Course Title: The Philosophy of Rights: historical and contemporary perspectives.

Meghanne Barker
Fellow - London School of Economics and Political Science

Dr. Barker works on animation, childhood, and film culture in post socialist Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She has been especially keen to foster greater dialogue between linguistic anthropologists and interdisciplinary scholars of visual culture.

Dr. Barker has published her research in Anthropological Quarterly and Journal of Linguistic Anthropology. She has been a guest co-editor for two special issues in Semiotic Review, one on "Blank Faces" (2019) and another, in preparation, on the "Semiotics of the Image". Ongoing research projects include transmediality in early Soviet children's culture, World Expositions as media events, generic conventions of online personals ads, and the politics of amateurism among postsocialist film clubs. Before arriving at the LSE, Dr Barker was a Collegiate Assistant Professor in Social Sciences and Harper-Schmidt Fellow, with an affiliation in the Department of Anthropology, at the University of Chicago. She finished her PhD in linguistic anthropology at the University of Michigan..

GLA Course Title: Eastern european film cultures.

Derek Attridge
Ph.D. – Cambridge University

Prof. Attridge holds a Ph.D. and BA in English from Cambridge University. He has also done his B.A. Hons. in English and B.A. in English and Psychology from University of Natal, South Africa.

Prof. Attridge has received multiple awards and fellowships through his career such as Marie Curie Fellowship from Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies; M.H. Abrams Fellowship, National Humanities Center, North Carolina; A.W. Mellon Visiting Fellowship, University of Cape Town; Solomon Katz Distinguished Lecturer in the Humanities, University of Washington, Seattle; to name a few.

Prof. Attridge publishes extensively in the areas of literature and literary history.

GLA Course Title: The Experience of Art.

Samuel Day
Samuel Day
Ph.D. – Universtiy of Oxford

Dr. Samuel is a researcher in the Emotion and Social Relations lab at University of Oxford's Department of Experimental Psychology. His work focuses on how the interpretation and perception of facial expressions depends upon a combination of various contextual factors, and how these interpretations be affected in clinical conditions such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

GLA Course Title: Faces and Places: Rethinking Emotion and Social Interaction

Meet our Faculty


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