The Tourism and Executive Secretarial courses were first created in 1964, and the Social Work course in 1992, at their respective Schools. Since it first started in 1974, the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology rounds off the range of courses offered at the Bilbao campus. The Language Centres, in turn, were first created in 1963 while, a decade later, the first Institutes were founded: the Basque Studies Institute in 1974 and that of European Studies in 1979. Later in 1988, the Institute of Leisure Studies began its activity and the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute later in 1997.
Arts courses at the San Sebastian campus were first taught in the 1960-61 academic year. Between 1969 and 1991, they were dependent on the Faculty of Arts at the Bilbao campus, then as an independent Faculty, and as the Faculty of Humanities in the 1999-2000 academic year. The Schools of Tourism and Social Work joined the campus in 1964 and 2002, respectively, while the activities of the Language Centre date back to the 1962-63 academic year.
From the 2009-10 academic year, all these centres merged into one new project, the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences. Recognising and feeling all this legacy as their own, the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences was born to attract synergies and meet the new university challenges: building the European area, teaching innovation embodied in UD’s Education Model, the culture of quality, the search for a permanent and fluent dialogue with the environment around us, organisational innovation, continuing an internationalisation process in which we have made remarkable progress, and making knowledge generation and transfer more widespread.