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The American College (Autonomous), Madurai

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The American College (Autonomous), Madurai

Founded in 1881, in historic Madurai, The American College continues its dynamic tradition. The college has now developed into a modern seat of learning, keeping abreast of the new trends in higher education. There are 13 undergraduate and 12 postgraduate programmes of study in the college, with seven of these departments actively engaged in research.

In addition to the usual programmes in the humanities and the sciences, the college has maintained its contemporaneity by offering courses in Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Microbiology, Computer Science, Business Administration and Social Work. The department of Religion, Philosophy and Sociology contains in itself a rare combination of subjects seldom found elsewhere. Besides, innovative courses such as Gender Studies, Dalit Studies, Folk Arts, Epigraphy, etc., are offered under the appropriate major programmes. An interdisciplinary dimension is attempted by requiring the science majors to take courses in the humanities and vice versa.

The Object of the College is to give the students a liberal christian education, to train them in the service of God and people and to do such other things as are in harmony with that object. The continuing vision and vibrancy of the college flow naturally from the commitment to this original object. The holistic education that this vision implies enables the development of the body, mind and spirit of the student.


Under Graduate Courses

B.A. Tamil
B.A. English
B.A. Economics
B.A. Religion, Philosophy and Sociology
B.Sc. Physics
B.Sc. Chemistry
B.Sc. Maths
B.Sc. Botany
B.Sc. Zoology
B.Sc. Bio Chemistry
B.Sc. Micro Biology
B.Sc. Computer Science

Post Graduate Courses

M.A. Tamil
M.A. English
M.A. Economics
M.Sc. Physics
M.Sc. Chemistry
M.Sc. Maths
M.Sc. Botany
M.Sc. Zoology
M.Phil. Zoology

The college offers special courses for overseas students also. These courses are designed to meet their needs. The courses are framed in consultation with the foreign colleges and universities concerned. These include history of India, biodiversity and Tamil language & culture. The credits earned in these courses are transferred to the parent institution. Presently, the overseas students are mainly from the U.S.A.


The College provides a range of facilities for living and learning. These facilities expand qualitatively and quantitatively with time. The 38-acre campus is a treat to the eyes throughout the year. Towering trees and flowering shrubs, cacti and lush green vegetation, provide a natural setting for academic activities. The flame of the forest and the gul mohur riot in colour when they bloom. Against this stunning background rise the redbrick buildings characteristic of the Saracenic style of architecture. As one perceptive foreign dignitary remarked, the American College campus is "the most campus-like campus". In the midst of hectic change all around, the serenity of the campus still remains undisturbed. Students from different states give a multi-cultural dimension to the campus.

Library: The Daniel Poor Memorial Library (DPM) is centrally located. This important building houses about 1,30,000 books. The library also subscribes to nearly 700 different journals covering a wide range of subjects. Apart from the collection of books and journals, the library can boast of rare antiques, archaeological artefacts and ancient coins as well. There are also departmental libraries to meet the special needs of each subject. These libraries and the DPM library are interconnected by a computer network. There is an online catalogue for user convenience. The open access system enables the student to use the library independently.

Computer Facilities: One of the earliest computers in Madurai city landed at the American College three decades ago. Today the facility has grown into a full-fledged computing centre. This has enabled the wide use of the computer by the faculty and all the students. The computers in the college are interlinked. The computing centre also has access to the internet.

The Jubilee Chapel: The Chapel, built in the golden jubilee year (1931) of the college, is central to the life and work on campus. It is one of the most beautiful among the college buildings.

Hostel: About a third of the students live in five Halls on campus, one of which is for women. The mess rates are kept low, affordable even to the economically challenged students. Elected student representatives manage the mess, under a dividing system. There is no provision for special food even at extra cost. Up to 3 or 4 students live in a room. Quite often lifelong friendships blossom here, transcending the divisions in society. Each Hall is under the care of a warden, assisted by resident young faculty. They are available for consultation and advice whenever needed.


The Department arrange campus interviews for the final years students. This interview is providing an opportunity for employment. The department has separate section called "Placement Cell" to handle the Campus Interview Process.

Contact Us

The college is located in Madurai, popularly known as the Temple city is located in the southern part of Tamilnadu. Madurai is known for sculptures, monuments, architecture, temples, folk arts, special handloom fabrics, ethnic food and a variety of local festivals.


The American College,

Madurai - 625 002.

Phone: + 91 - 452 - 253 0070, 253 0967, 253 0973

Fax: + 91 - 452 - 252 0711

E-mail: americancollege@eth.net

For more Information please visit www.americancollege.edu
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