The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Guwahati is multidisciplinary in its orientation and has expertise in eight disciplines: Economics, English, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, History & Archeology and Political Science. Apart from its undergraduate programme, which includes highly innovative syllabi, it aims to cover the inter-disciplinary areas in its MA and PhD programmes. The MA Programme in Development Studies is a multi-disciplinary programme and was initiated in the year 2009. The programme is designed to provide an understanding of various perspectives of development issues, through rigorous course works and guided research. The perspectives are drawn from different disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences.