The major areas of research in the Humanities and Social Sciences discipline at IIT Palakkad are as follows.
ECONOMICS: Trade And Development, Economic Growth and Development
ENGLISH: Modernity and subject formation in India; Gender and Culture studies; Modern Tamil Literature, Cinema and folk culture
LINGUISTICS: Phonetics, Sociolinguistics, Bilingual Language Acquisition, World Englishes
Philosophy: Phenomenology And Existentialism, Philosophy Of Technology, Continental Philosophy