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The Shiv Nadar University offers an undergraduate curriculum that is unique and unprecedented in India. The curriculum is designed to allow students to major in a particular subject while also studying and experimenting with a range of other minor and elective subjects. This allows every student to pick and choose a wide spectrum of subjects in sync with their passions.

General Requirements of the Undergraduate Curriculum

All undergraduate students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of formal course-work to fulfill the credit requirements of a Baccalaureate degree at SNU. However, the actual number of credits required to earn a specific degree may vary depending on disciplinary requirements and the individual degree program pursued by a student. In addition to the minimum number of credits, all undergraduates must fulfill the six general educational requirements of the undergraduate curriculum described in the following sections.
  • Core Common Curriculum (CCC)
All undergraduate students must take a core group of common subjects. The CCC is designed to provide students an understanding of the forces that are driving local, national, and global change and to give them an awareness of the problems facing an increasingly integrated world. All students at the University must take between 24 and 30 CCC credits with a minimum of 3 credits from each of the 8 Topic Areas within CCC. Students may take the optional additional 6 credits in any of the 8 Topic Areas. The 8 Topic Areas in the CCC are:
  • Indian History and Society
  • World History and Society
  • Culture and Communication
  • Physical and Biological Systems
  • Cognition and Intelligence
  • Technology and Society
  • Environment and Ecology
  • Empirical Reasoning and Analysis
  1. Major Area of Study (Major)
All undergraduate students at SNU must specialize in a subject area, ensuring that upon the completion of their degree they will be prepared to step into the working world or continue on to postgraduate studies with a high level of expertise in their subject and with the competence to meet the highest standards of employers or post-graduate faculties. Students are required to take a minimum of 60 credits within the Major Area of Study to fulfill the requirements of a Major, but the academic requirements for any particular Major and the number of credits required to successfully complete it are determined by each Department and may exceed 60. The University’s undergraduate program provides students with the flexibility to pursue Major-Minor combinations.
  1. University Wide Electives (UWE)
All undergraduate students at SNU have the flexibility to choose multiple university wide electives, providing them the opportunity to discover their academic passion and enhancing their engagement in the learning process through the individualization of their programs of study. Students must take a minimum of 18 UE credits to fulfill their degree requirements.

Apart from all the above the students need to incorporate the following elements into their chosen curriculum:
  1. Research Experiential and Applied Learning (REAL)
The University integrates research, and training in the conduct of research, into the undergraduate curriculum across all disciplines. To fulfill their degree requirements undergraduate students must take at least 18 credits in REAL courses. REAL requirements can be fulfilled through several different types of courses, projects, work and service opportunities. The major ones are:
  • Research Projects
  • Design Projects
  • Practicum
  • Cooperative Education
  • Service Learning
  • Internships
  • Cultural Immersion
  1. International Context (IC)
Students must incorporate classes with an international focus in their programs of study and endeavor to take advantage of study abroad opportunities. Students must take at least 18 credits in IC courses to fulfill their degree requirements.
  1. Values, Ethics, Leadership and Service (VELS)
To further the objective of preparing students for leadership positions in society, students must take courses that contain material intended to prepare them for a life-long commitment to leadership grounded in values, ethics and service to society. Students must take at least 18 credits in VELS courses to fulfill their degree requirements. These VELS designated courses can be taken as part of University Electives, as part of the courses taken to fulfill the requirements of a Major or combined with courses that fulfill REAL and/or IC requirements programs. SNU Course Catalog identifies those courses that fulfill VELS requirements. In addition, the faculty mentors and the University’s Center for Values, Ethics, Leadership, and Service will assist students in identifying and participating in VELS learning opportunities.

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