The College of Social Science had its start on April 13th 1954 as the College of Political Science and Law, when it took charge of the newly established Department of Law and the Department of Political Science and International Studies (PSIS). PSIS had previously been subordinate to the Munhakwon (now the College of Liberal Arts) since its foundation concurrent with the promotion of Yonhee Professional College to Yonhee University in August of 1946 until the time of Munhakwon’s restructuring as the College of Liberal Arts in 1954.
Later, the College of Political Science and Law established the Department of Public Administration in 1958 and the Department of Newspaper & Broadcasting in 1972. In accordance with Yonsei University's long-term development plan, in March 1981, the Department of Law was split off to the College of Law, and the College of Political Science and Law was reorganized into the College of Social Science. In September 1995, the Department of Social Welfare moved from College of Theology to the College of Social Science, and in March 2004, the Department of Sociology, which was established under the College of Liberal Arts in 1972, was moved to the College of Social Science. In addition, the Department of Mass Communication & Broadcasting has taken the name Department of Communication since January 2006. In March 2008, the Department of Cultural Anthropology was newly founded, leading to the College of Social Science’s current composition of six departments.
- Department of Political Science and International Studies
- The founding principle of the department is to educate on the theory and practice of politics in general, and to cultivate future talent that will play an active role in politics, diplomacy, media and business by studying rapidly changing domestic and international problems.
- Department of Public Administration
- The department’s founding purpose is to educate the elite who have competent administrative and public minds to cope with increasing demand by studying the theory and practice of administration through the scientific method.
- Department of Communication
- The purpose of the program is to cultivate the ability to study communication phenomena in a scientific way and educate professionals to engage in mass media by understanding media phenomena by acquiring theory and practice regarding mass communication.
- Department of Social Welfare
- The department’s aim is to understand and analyze various social problems faced by modern society, to predict new social problems, and to cultivate social workers who can find countermeasures to said problems. In this department, we are studying ways to promote the wellbeing of our society by researching unemployment, poverty, social insurance, welfare for the disabled, welfare for the elderly, child welfare, family welfare, industrial welfare, mental health, and medical welfare.
- Department of Sociology
- Our founding principle is to reach a more systematic understanding of society as a whole by exploring concrete and realistic problems taking place in various areas of society. In the current society of knowledge and information, awareness of sociology is becoming more important, and the careers of sociology majors are expected to become more diverse. In this situation, the Department of Sociology aims to cultivate talented people who will play an important role in our society.
- Department of Cultural Anthropology
- Our aim is to study culture as a holistic style of life through cultural relativism and comparative cultural perspectives, and to produce cultural researchers who have the ability to analyze and develop modern culture.
- Yonhee Hall
Liberation Hall, originally used by the College of Social Science, was a monumental building at the time of reconstruction after the 6.25 era. Liberation Hall was used after its construction on May 25, 1956 until, in accordance with the university's long-term development plan, the College of Social Science left Liberation Hall in August 1984 and moved to its present location in Yonhee Hall.
Yonhee Hall is a stone building containing 13 lecture rooms, 4 seminar rooms, 42 labs, 1 reading room, 2 computer rooms, and 4 master and doctoral labs within a ground coverage of 1907 m2 and a total floor space of 8033 m2. In addition, there are 3 hwabaek-sil (화백실- exam prep rooms for those preparing for civil service examinations) for students who are preparing for examinations. Many students studying here have successfully passed the competitive public examination to be named a 5th grade public official, the diplomat candidate selection examination, or the judicial examination. The college also makes use of the entirety of Billingsley Hall and partial use of Yu Eok-Gyeom Memorial Hall.
Within the College of Social Science there are 21 professors of political science and international studies, 16 in public administration, 12 in communication, 12 in social welfare, 11 in sociology, and 3 in cultural anthropology. The number of graduates from the undergraduate program has reached 15,000. They have gone on to enter political and official circles or have gone into various fields such as media and broadcasting.