The following disciplines are being taught at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS):
Anthropology & Sociology
Anthropology and Sociology are related disciplines, about the comparative study of human beings and the societies they live in through the application of theoretical approaches and the use of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Economics and Politics
The Economics and Politics Major provides a strong base to those who intend to have knowledge of the political economy. It is a carefully constructed major that provides students the opportunity to study two disciplines as well as areas that cut across traditional departmental and disciplinary lines.
History is a multifaceted chronological study of the past based on extant sources and physical evidence. Besides using secondary sources, either survey or specialised texts in the History courses, the major seeks to inculcate a nuanced understanding of the past through primary sources that date back to the time period under discussion.
'The truest history,' said Diderot of the novels of Samuel Richardson ' is full of falsehoods, and your romance is full of truths. '
"Literature is a canon which consists of those works in language by which a community defines itself through the course of its history. It includes works primarily artistic and also those whose aesthetic qualities are only secondary.'
The benefit of study of philosophy, which has been called the "mother of all sciences", is manifold. Because of its breadth and depth, it has a bearing on almost all other subjects, and is a most useful tool for just about any professional avenue.
In its broadest sense, politics is 'the constrained use of social power' (E. Goodin & H. D. Klingerman Eds., A New Handbook of Political Science, Oxford University Press, 1996). How is power enforced, sustained and legitimised? How do people contest, and sometimes successfully challenge, power-holders? These are the fundamental questions that Political Science addresses. Political scientists are therefore, primarily concerned with explaining those events and interactions in which power or authority is at stake.