The priorities of the School include the development of fundamental research in the humanities and social sciences: philosophy, psychology, history, archeology, anthropology and sociology to ensure effective integration of Russia into Asia -Pacific, as well as the introduction of innovative approaches and technologies in applied research in the humanities and social sciences and the development of mass communication technologies.

The School's faculty members are actively engaged in anthropological research and archeology excavations in the Russian Far East, Mongolia, Asia-Pacific and Central America (in cooperation with Knorosov Center in Mexico and Guatemala). Several departments of the School initiated the large-scale project "Interdisciplinary Studies of Cross-cultural Communication in Asia-Pacific" which gained support from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation.

Every year, the School of Humanities hosts several important scientific events in religious studies, Russian and world history, archeology and anthropology, philosophy and social sciences which attract attention of experts and scholars from all over the Pacific Rim.