Department of Social Sciences, erstwhile Department of Economics, Sociology and Extension Education became a full-fledged Department in the year 1987 vide Notification No.5-112/87(GAD)/-800/-150 dated 13/11/1987. The nomenclature of the Department was changed to Department of Social Sciences vide Notification No. 5-1/92(26)(GAD)/-22469-505 dated 12.11.1992. Prior to it, the Department was a minor Department of the Department of Agricultural Economics, HPKV, Palampur. The Department started the Doctoral programme in the field of Agricultural Economics from the academic session 1990-91. The Department is engaged in teaching the courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. The Department started MBA (Agribusiness) programme in the year 1997-98. Later in the year 2006-07 a separate Department of Business Management (Agri-business) was carved out from the Department of Social Sciences.
Department also works with constituent colleges of the University at Neri and Thunag, as well as Regional Research Stations at Mashobra, Sharbo, Bajaura, Jachh, and Dhaulakuan, to conduct need-based research on horticultural problems in the region.
Department, since its inception received research funding in more than 36 ad-hoc research projects related to Agricultural Production/ Farm Management, Agricultural Marketing, Agricultural Finance and Natural Resource Economics.
The department offers degree programmes for:
Assisting in various training programmes assigned by Directorate of Extension Education from time to time. Large number of extension lectures are delivered in various training programme/ workshops/ conferences/ symposia etc. organized by the Directorate of Extension Education and other departments of the university by the faculty of the department in their areas of specialization.