The Faculty of Social Sciences was formed in 2003, but social sciences have a long and lively tradition in Hungary. Throughout their history, politics has often intruded into the development of the social sciences, and sociologists had to fight against those in power in order to maintain traditions and continue creative research and education. The Social Science Association was founded at the beginning of the 20th century. Its founding members, influenced by Spencer, Durkheim and Tarde, conducted the first empirical research in the country. The Association, together with other social sciences groups such as the Galilei Circle and the Sunday Circle (Vasárnapi Kör), gave many famous scholars to the world, such as George Lukács, Karl Mannheim, Karl Polányi and Michael Polányi. The number of students grew continuously.
Today Eötvös Loránd University is internationally recognised and has strong professional connections all over the world. The diplomas issued by the university are acknowledged worldwide, and its course credits are transferable in all countries in the European Union. The university offers more than 50 foreign language programmes in various disciplines at all academic levels. Students arrive from all over the world to attend these programmes.
“If you want to understand THE WORLD. . .”- This is the motto of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Eötvös Loránd University. All our programmes allow students to gain a better understanding of the world and equip them with the knowledge needed to make the world a better place.