The Off-Campus Faculty of Social Sciences in Stalowa Wola, established in 2004, educates specialists in Pedagogy, Sociology and Environmental Engineering. Conducing to the Truth, it meets the expectations, awakes hopes, co-creates and raises interest with its stormy history.
The beginnings of KUL is inseparably connected with the Concathedral Basilica of the Virgin Mary Queen of Poland, the temple consecrated by Rev. Cardinal Karol Wojtyla, later the Holy Father John Paul II. It is at this church where in autumn 1977 Rev. Edward Frankowski, the Parish Priest, organizes the College of the Catholic Family, transforming it at the beginning of 1980 into a centre organizing permanent, open university lectures of professors of the Catholic University of Lublin. On such prepared grounds, in June 1981 an organisational Commitee of the Branch of KUL comes into being, and on the 4th of September that year the solemn inauguration of the university lectures takes place with prof. Damian Wojtyski, Professor of KUL, who gave the inauguration lecture. The work of the organisational team, under the patronage of Rev. Ignacy Tokarczyk, the Bishop of Przemyśl, is supervised by rev. E. Frankowski. His activities are strongly supported by Solidarność of the Sandomierski Region.
The martial law brutally interrupts the inaugurated course of studies. The no-meeting order includes also, something unprecedented, organizing university lectures in Stalowa Wola. The Organisational Committee becomes deligalised and the funds accumulated on the bank account get confiscated. In those difficult years of the martial law nothing indicates that this first catholic school of higher education in the town has become the symbol of solidarity and consistent pursuit for change in the social life of its inhabitants and the whole region. Yet, after the victory of the strike in Stalowa Wola Steelworks in August 1988, together with the birth of the Third Republic of Poland, "the Branch of KUL" gets born as well, "illegal parish priest" rev. Edward Frankowsk becomes the Bishop of Solidarność, while 44 external students begin their studies in the KUL Consulting Point situated in the parish buildings. In the town, now having their Bishop, hopes revive originating from the traditions of the authors of the Stalowa Wola industrial centre. Within a year a new didactic building is open to use, thanks to the support of Stalowa Wola Steelworks, Solidarność of the Steelworks, and an organization from Belgium known as Friends of Poland Group from West-Flanders. Late rev. Joachim Kondziela, Professor of KUL, was a great friend of the Branch. In such atmosphere the Consulting Point, transformed by the KUL Senate into the Branch of the Faculty of Social Studies, enrolls a fast growing number of students. The dedicated work of over 100 lecturers, mostly commuters, bears fruit. In the years 1990-1999, the decisive years for the opportunities and development of the school, prof. Piotr Kryczka, PhD, was the first Dean of the Branch of the Faculty of Social Sciences. Prof. Teresa Kukułowicz also played a unique role in the development of the Branch.
In 1991 Stalowa Wola Steelworks handed over the buildings at Ofiar Katania Street, which included the workers' hotel and the canteen together with club facilities, and completed the University Library, which was also given to the School. In the same year the University Fundation came into being, the fundamental aim of which was financial support and development of the Branch of KUL. In 1994 the University Foundation bought another Workes' Hotel from Stalowa Wola Steelworks and all the buildings underwent major renovation. In this way the infrastructure of a real university campus was created. Thanks to that, in the years 1996-1998, 5,5 thousand students could study at the Branch. Thus, within the period of only a few years the Stalowa Wola KUL centre increased the number of students a hundred times. In 1999, thanks to the support of the town authorities and the work of the Fundation the construction of a modern University Hall was launched, the construction of which was completed in the Jubilee Year. The University Hall, with over 500 places, 16 schoolrooms and the academic chapel with 500 places significantly enhanced the facilities of the School. The academic ministry is developing at the academic chapel with the papal altar, at which John Paul II celebrated the Holy Mass at the Piłsudski Square in Warsaw in June 1999.
Year 2003 brings further far-reaching and extremely dramatic changes. Thanks to the commitment of rev prof. Andrzej Dzięga, Bishop of Sandomierz, and the support of the KUL Rectors, in just two years an independent faculty emerges from the Branch of the Faculty of Social Sciences of KUL. The Inter-Faculty Institute of Social Sciences and Family, created to meet the formalities necessary to employ new lecturers. Simultaneously, studies in Stalowa Wola acquire the Faculty of Law. In September 2004 there are conditions allowing the establishment of an independent Satellite Faculty of Social Sciences and the KUL Senate accepts the resolution on calling the eighth KUL Faculty into being, deciding that the Branch of the Faculty of the Social Sciences will operate until September 2005, i.e. until the obligations are met.
Presently the Satellite Faculty of Social Sciences of KUL educates about 2600 students, employs over 100 lecturers, the majority of whom are independent academic staff. Its first Dean has been Prof. Marian Wolicki, PhD. For its educational purposes, the Faculty has three didactic buildings with 2300 places, and a well equipped library. In its two dormitories there is accommodation available for 560 students, 16 rooms for guest-professors and 4 flats for independents academic staff-members. There are also gym halls of the Secondary Junior School No. 2 and the municipal sports facilities available for physical education purposes.