Humanities and Social Sciences is one of the academic departments of IIT Kanpur. It is multi-disciplinary, and consists of six disciplines: Economics, English Literature and Linguistics, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology. Since its inception in 1963, HSS Department offers undergraduate courses to engineering and science students.




Between 1964 and 1973 the Department instituted its PhD programmes in all its disciplines except Fine Arts. Since then, nearly 170 PhD degrees have been awarded. There are currently over 60 PhD students pursuing their doctoral studies in various HSS disciplines. In 2005, HSS Department initiated a Five Year Integrated MSc Programme in Economics, similar to the five year programmes in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. In 2011, this programme was replaced with a Four Year BS Programme in Economics, again similar to the other BS programmes at IIT Kanpur.


Braj Bhushan
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology
Kanpur 208 016, India
Tel: Work (+91-512) 259-0512-259-7024
Email: brajb[AT]iitk.ac.in