Saratov State University's Departments of Mechanics & Mathematics - IX Building The Department of Mechanics and Mathematics was established September 1, 1945 and has grown from the initial five chairs with fifty students to become one of the largest SSU departments. It currently houses twelve (12) chairs, approximately 150 instructors of whom 72 are candidates and 22 are doctors of science. The faculty's qualifications make this department one of the leading Departments of Mechanics and Mathematics in Russia. Majors offered through this department include mathematics and informatics, applied mathematics and informatics, mechanics, applied informatics (in economy), and applied informatics (in jurisprudence). The Department of Humanitarian and Social Sciences combines 3 chairs: Political Science, Psychology and Economic Theory and Natural Economics. The following majors are available: psychology, paleontology, economic theory and national economy. There are 14 Doctors of Science among the 46 instructors in the department. Each chair of the department is provided with a scientific educational laboratory. The Department of Philosophy encompasses 26 faculty members in three chairs including Theoretical and Social Philosophy, Philosophy of Culture and Cultural Science and, Philosophy and Methodology of Science. It offers majors in philosophy and cultural science through full-time and part-time educational programs.