First established in 1981 with five departments, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities has over the Years, flourished to become by far the largest Faculty of the University. It, today consists of fifteen departments offering programmes at different levels in various areas like Business Administration, Economics, Mass Communication, Sociology, Women Studies, Urdu, Library & Information Sciences, History, Pakistan Studies, MBA in collaboration with Common Wealth countries, French (Online), and Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Similarly, in tune with the government's policy of promoting and strengthening a culture of higher education and research in the country, the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities has shown dynamism over the past five years.
The Allama Iqbal Open University was established in May, 1974, with the main objectives of providing educational opportunities to masses and to those who cannot leave their homes and jobs. During all these past years, the University has more than fulfilled this promise.