Since its inception, our school has been evolving to best serve its students and the broader LUMS community. Originally known as the School of Arts and Sciences, when the science disciplines it hosted shifted to the new School of Science and Engineering in 2006, it took on the title of SHSS (School of Humanities and Social Sciences). After the first batch of Law students graduated from the School, it came to be known as the School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law. Eventually, the Law stream became a school in its own right, and it was in 2012 that we became the Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences (MGSHSS)—a name that honors the contributions and generosity of Mr. Mushtaq Ahmad Gurmani and the Gurmani Foundation to education in Pakistan and to LUMS in particular.
Through its various iterations, the School has remained dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through excellence in teaching and research. It currently consists of two departments: Economics; and Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). Our faculty has received training at leading universities in the world, and is committed to providing our students with a rigorous and innovative humanities and social sciences education of the highest international standards. Deeply engaged with local realities, members of our faculty have altered the way in which the social sciences and the humanities are taught in Pakistan. Their passion and commitment are reflected in the vibrant intellectual culture of the school, and translate into teaching that is truly transformative.
The School has an innovative curriculum that is being modified to include a Core Curriculum which aims to feature a strong liberal arts component. We believe that our students should acquire knowledge by delving into works on politics, scientific reasoning, sociology, economics, culture, religion, art, literature, and aesthetics. Our endeavor remains to create a learning environment that is not merely about vocational training, but about educating a citizenry that understands each other, recognizes differences of all kinds, and yet works together to create a tolerant and socially just society. We are confident that, equipped with these skills, our graduates would be able to overcome all challenges they are faced with, whether they have to work in the public sector, the private sector, for non-governmental organizations, or in the academia.