The present existence of the Faculty of Social Sciences of UNNES is inseparable from the development of the IKIP Semarang, which began on 1 January 1961 under the name of course B-II and course B-II which were integrated into UNDIP and became a faculty called the Faculty of Teacher and Educational Sciences (FKIP). In 1962, the Minister of Basic Education and Culture established a new teacher education institution, IPG with the same functions and objectives as FKIP. To avoid dualism in university level teacher education, the president by decree dated january 3, 1963 no.1/1963 united FKIP and IPG into the institute of teacher education IKIP which is equivalent to a university within the PTIP department.
The aforementioned Presidential decree was followed by the establishment of IKIP through a decree of the Minister of PTIP dated May 22, 1963 no. 55 of 1963. As a follow up, a joint decree of Minister PTIP and Minister PDK dated May 4, 1964 no. 32 of 1964 concerning the unification of FKIP and IPG into IKIP. But FKIP UNDIP is considered not yet able to stand alone. Then with the decision of the letter Minister of PTIP dated May 4, 1964 no. 35 of 1964, FKIP UNDIP was designated as the Semarang branch of IKIP Yogyakarta.
The publication of the decree of the Minister of PTIP dated May 4, 1964 no. 36 of 1964 about the integration of the faculty of education FIP into IKIP, the Semarang branch of IKIP Yogyakarta consists of the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Literature and Arts and the Faculty of Exact Sciences. This is in accordance with the decree of the Minister of PTIP dated November 7, 1964 no. 154 of 1964.
Since the B-I course and B-II course were held until the inauguration of the Semarang branch of IKIP Yogyakarta, there has been very rapid development. Based on Presidential decree no. 271 of 1965, IKIP Semarang was officially established on march 30, 1965. At that time, the Faculty of Social Sciences (FKIS) had five departments, namely history, geography, general economics, corporate economics, and civics law major.
Based on Presidential decree no.52/1982, the name of FKIS changed to Faculty of Social Science Education (FPIPS) which consisted of departments of history education, geography education, business world education, Pancasila moral education and citizenship (PMP-KN), and general basic courses.
Later, with the Publication of Law No. 2 of 1989 about the National Education System which was then followed by Government Regulation no. 30 of 1990 concerning Higher Education as amended by Government Regulation no. 60 of 1999. 60 of 1999, the number and types of faculties within the IKIP Semarang are further regulated in the decree of the Minister of Education and Culture no. 0463 / o / 1992 concerning IKIP Semarang statutes and no. 0185/o/1995 concerning the organization and work procedures of IKIP Semarang. The Faculty of Social Science Education (FPIPS) consists of Departments of History Education bachelor’s degree, Geography Education Bachelor’s degree, Business World Education, Cooperative Education Bachelor’s degree, Accounting Education bachelor’s degree, Commercial Education bachelor’s degree, Office Administration Education bachelor’s degree, Service Skills Education d2, Pancasila Moral Education bachelor’s degree, and Pancasila Moral Education bachelor’s degree and Civic Education bachelor’s degree, and General Basic Courses
In 1999 based on Presidential decree no. 124 of 1999 on the transformation of IKIP Semarang, Bandung and Medan into universities, the name of IKIP Semarang was changed to Semarang State University (UNNES). Based on Minister of Education and Culture decree no. 278/o/1999 on the organization and work procedures of UNNES and no. 225/o/2000 on the statute of Semarang State University, the name of the Faculty of Social Science Education was changed to Faculty of Social Science Education. Faculty of Social Science Education changed to Faculty of Social Science. Subsequent developments with the wider mandate, the faculty not only educated teacher candidates, but also opened non-educational study programs.
Then based on UNNES Rector decree no. 59/o/2006 dated june 8, 2006 on the upgrading of the economics department of the Faculty of Social Sciences to become the Economics Faculty (self-supporting) of Semarang State University, the Economics Department was separated from the Faculty of Social Sciences. Based on the decision of the Director General of higher education no. 3840/d/t/2007 and the decision of the Rector of UNNES no. 14/2007 regarding the improvement of the status of the Study Program of Law Science to become the Faculty of Law dated November 30, 2007, the Study Program of Law Science was separated from Faculty of Social Science.
So, on November 30, 2007, the Law Study Program was separated from the faculty of social science. The increase in the status of the Economics Department into the Economics Faculty and the Law Study Program into the Law Faculty, made the number of departments in the FIS UNNES in 2007 to 4 departments with 7 study programs, namely: (1) History Department with History Education Study Program with legality decree dikti number: 244/dikti/kep/96, History Study Program with the legality of dikti decree number: 139/d/t/2002. (2) Geography Department which includes Geography Education Study Program with legality decree dikti number: 244/dikti/kep/96, Geography Study Program according to decree dikti number: 3541/d/t/03, and the Survey and Mapping Study Program based on the decree dikti number: 2625/d2/2002. (3) the Department of Law and Citizenship with the Study Program of Pancasila and Citizenship Education according to the higher education scheme number: 244/dikti/kep/96, and (4) Department of Sociology and Anthropology with Sociology and Anthropology Education Study Program based on decree dikti number: 139/d/t/2002.
Then in 2012, a decree of the Minister of Education and Culture no. 232/e/o/2012 was issued regarding the implementation of a Political Science Study Program (S1), followed by the publication of a decree of the Rector of Semarang State University no. 261/o/2012 regarding the change of the name of the Department of Law and Citizenship to the Department of Politics and Citizenship at the Faculty of Social Sciences. 261/o/2012 on changing the name of the Department of Law and Citizenship to the Department of Politics and Citizenship at the Faculty of Social Sciences, UNNES. On April 22, 2014, the Minister of Education and Culture issued decree no. 03/e/o/2014 on the permit for the implementation of the Social Science Education Study Program (S1)
In accordance with this development, since 2014, the Faculty of Social Sciences UNNES has four departments with nine study programs, namely: History, Geography, Politics and Citizenship, and Sociology and Anthropology. The programs consist of eight undergraduate programs, namely: History Education, History Science, Geography Education, Geography, Pancasila and Civics Education, Sociology and Anthropology Education, Political Science, and Social Science Education, while 1 diploma 3 (D3) study program, namely: Surveying and Regional Mapping.