Faculty of Social and Political Sciences (FISIP) Universitas Airlangga was first established on December 23, 1977 with the name of Faculty of Social Sciences (FIS). The Department of Sociology was the first and only department under the Faculty of Social Sciences. Now FISIP has seven undergraduate programs (S1), namely, Anthropology, Political Science, Communication, Public Administration, International Relations, Information and Library Science, and Sociology. There are five graduate programs (S2) namely, Sociology, Public Policy, International Relations, Political Science and Media Communications. Social Science Studies Program is one of the majors with the Doctoral Program (S3).
During its first year, FISIP Unair which was still called FIS, only had seven faculty members and two permanent staff. In 1978, the first batch of students accepted were only 62 people. The first lecture on the first semester was the beginning of a real challenge in a process of a great change in the FISIP academic field.
FISIP was established when social sciences were not common knowledge. Since the beginning, FIS has aimed to create innovation in the field of education in order to develop unconventional teaching and learning activities. In addition to the development and implementation of the so-called learning by objective, FIS also developed and implemented small discussion groups as one way of learning. FIS also aimed to hone students' ability to write and utilize the information stored in literatures and libraries.
The opening of the faculty was officiated by the Director General of Higher Education Department of P & K on April 25, 1978. Four months later, the Rector decided to change the leadership structure of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The leadership structure changed from Presidium to Dean system. The first dean of FIS was Soetandyo Wignjosoebroto, MPA.
To date FISIP has stood for thirty-eight years. FISIP Unair involvement in social issues has begun to increase, among others in the form of student actions that defend the community. The active role and participation of FISIP is not without risk. Lecturers and students FISIP repeatedly had to deal with intimidations, especially from law enforcements during the New Order era, as evidenced by the disappearance of two student activists in 1997.
Built on a strong foundation of idealism and a strong sense of solidarity, FISIP is imagined to be a solid rock. More than just an educational institution or a new faculty, FISIP is an alternative discourse that offers many things: the renewal of idealism, determination, truth, critical attitudes and beliefs. In the midst of an atmosphere dominated by interests and hegemonic powers, FISIP grow as its own, against the tide. Lecture hall is always rife with discussions and critical questions giving more and more colors to FISIP.
At the beginning, FISIP did not attract much interest and was seen as a discipline that was not marketable. It slowly managed to prove there was something more. Something to be proud of.
Students and lecturers at FISIP are like partners. They develop a more egalitarian relationship compared with another faculty that is still closely associated to conservatism and feudal attitude. Starting from simplicity, determination and idealism, FISIP has grown its popularity, developing an independent icon in the era of reformation. FISIP Universitas Airlangga is a scientific community and has become a broad tradition, but still maintaining its uniqueness. Speeches, thoughts and writings by students, faculty and all graduates of FISIP Universitas Airlangga are reflections of their critical attitude that can and will never be bought by power.
Thousands of graduates of FISIP Unair have now spread their wings in various regions, touching the lives of others, and building new traditions they inherit from their alma mater. In some of Indonesia’s rural areas, most field officers (PLKB) are FISIP Unair alumni. In the mass media field, FISIP alumnus are not only reliable reporters, respected senior editors, but also Editor-in Chiefs. In bureaucracy field, a pioneer of a variety of activities planning could also be alumni of Social and Political Science. In short, what has been produced and inherited by students from the so called "orange campus" they are almost always beyond time: their minds are more advanced, they have more critical attitude, and some even dare to go against the flow.
For more than 30 years FISIP has grown far beyond expectations since its establishment and has even become an independent icon in the era of reformation. Still, many things must be noted, reviewed and contemplated with a critical stance on the existence of FISIP Unair. As it gets older, FISIP Airlangga not only aims to continue evolving and become more advanced, but it is also expected to be willing to do introspection: looking back on the past and then determining efforts to build a better future.