The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) spans a wide-range of courses and subject areas that share common ideals. The principal objective is to explore and explain the human dimensions of the world. Students are exposed to rigorous qualitative and quantitative research courses, as well as to a variety of theoretical approaches from each discipline in a value-driven environment.
The Department plays a significant role in the undergraduate programmes at LUMS: it has over 40 full-time faculty members with diverse research interests and backgrounds and advanced degrees from the leading universities in the world, including Berkeley, Cambridge, Chicago, Cornell, Drew, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Kent, Leeds, LSE, Manchester, McGill, Oxford, SOAS, Sorbonne, Sussex, Syracuse, UCL, and Virginia. Many members of the faculty are recognised and widely published scholars who have distinguished themselves in their areas of expertise.
The Department also attracts a number of adjunct and visiting faculty from universities abroad and within Pakistan. In the last three years the Department has hosted visiting faculty from the University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin, Monmouth College, Wakeforest University, Wilfred Laurier University, TUFTS, University of London and the University of Manchester. In recent years, PhD students from the School of South Asian and African Studies (SOAS), the University of North Carolina, Georgia State University and the University of Baluchistan have also been affiliated with the Department for their research activities.
As a young and evolving Department, HSS has an interdisciplinary focus, exploring connections between traditional disciplines; it is also engaged in the process of developing courses in the core ideas of each discipline. The distinctive quality of the education imparted to the students of Majors (in Anthropology/Sociology, Political Science, Humanities and History) equips them with the skills necessary to excel at work, assume leadership positions in society and make valuable contributions to their communities. Students are encouraged to follow their passion and aspirations when choosing their area of study.
In addition to offering courses in Anthropology/Sociology, Political Science, Humanities and History Majors, the Department also develops and teaches survey courses for students majoring in other disciplines. These students are required to complete a certain number of courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences in order to fulfill their overall distribution requirements.
The Department sustains an academic and educational environment that ensures the optimal acquisition of critical skills and competencies by the students as well as advancing the intellectual growth and development of the faculty. The Department envisions taking advantage of its strategic location in an exciting region in the world to further develop its research programmes and strengthen its faculty. Going forward, the Department hopes to become a leader, in the region, in this area of academics that has been neglected for a long time in South Asia.