Department of Sociology Faculty of Social and Political Science UI is one of the oldest Sociology education programs in Indonesia. Early in its history, the Department of Sociology stems from sociology course being taught at the Faculty of Law, University of Indonesia. At that time, the Faculty of Social and Political Science has not been established and was still a part of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences (FH-GPA). On September 1, 1962 the Department of Sociology was officially established as part of the Social Sciences and started a student enrollment for the preparation level. An important factor that promoted the establishment of this department was the growing recognition of social sciences in the society and academic world in Indonesia.
Sociology as a major gained its autonomous status on February 1, 1968 in conjunction with the establishment of the Faculty of Societal Sciences (FIPK). In 1971 under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Selosoemardjan as its first dean who was also a sociologist, FIPK transformed into the Faculty of Social Sciences (FIS). Then in 1974, the dean Prof. Miriam Budiardjo assigned a name change to the Sociology major into Department of Sociology, which includes Sociology Program, Criminology Program, and Social Welfare Studies Program. Finally each programs developed into an independent departments in managing the activities of higher education in accordance with their respective expertise.
Proliferation of each of the study programs requires the Department of Sociology to re-orientate the direction of education that it was heading. Therefore, in 1978 the Department of Sociology manage two new, different educational programs, namely Social Organization Education Program and the Development Studies Program. When FIS-UI changed its name in 1982 to the Faculty of Social and Political Science, a sociologist was trusted to lead the faculty: Dr. Manasse Malo. In the history of the faculty’s leadership, four sociologists became the deans, they are Dr. manase Malo, Prof. Dr. Kamanto Sunarto, Prof. Dr. Gumilar Roesliwa Soemantri (which later became the first UI rector from the social sciences field), Dr. Arie Susilo (2013 to date).