Writing, communication and critical thinking are the cornerstones of Ashoka’s academic culture. All students who graduate from Ashoka are expected to acquire superior skills in organizing their thoughts both orally and in writing; indeed, Ashoka students are discouraged from rote learning and, instead, critically engage and reshape concepts through questioning and writing. The platform for these skills is provided by Ashoka's unique two-semester Critical Thinking sequence. In each of their first two semesters, Ashoka students take a Critical Thinking seminar distinguished by small class size, close faculty attention to students' writing, communication and thinking processes, and individualized tutoring at Ashoka’s Centre for Writing and Communication.
All students at Ashoka take a mandatory first-semester gateway course- Introduction to Critical Thinking; over the next semester, they take any one writing-intensive Critical Thinking Seminar electives within a wide variety of disciplines ranging from the Humanities and Social Sciences to the Natural and Applied Sciences.
Critical Thinking Seminars include:
Introduction to Critical Thinking Seminars
Critical Thinking Seminars 2017
Critical Thinking Seminars 2016