Five major subjects are taught at the Department of Social Sciences, divided into two different campuses:
- Social pedagogy, Kuopio Campus
- Social psychology, Kuopio Campus
- Social work, Kuopio Campus
- Sociology, Joensuu and Kuopio Campuses
- Social and public policy, Joensuu Campus
There are also students with the major subject of social policy and social and public policy study at the Kuopio Campus, but it is no longer possible to choose social policy or social and public policy as a major subject at the Kuopio Campus.