The Institute of Political Science and Security Studies was established in 1985. In 1995, with the consent of the European Commission, the first European Chair (Jean Monnet Chair) in the field of political science was established at the Institute, which was accepted to specialise in European integration. The European Commission approved the curriculum and list of subjects taught in the new specialisation, drawn up by a team headed by Prof. Andrzej Głowacki. It was the first department in the Jean Monnet EU network in Poland and the second in Central and Eastern Europe.
In 2011 The Institute was granted the right to confer a doctoral degree in the discipline of political science and administration, while in 2016 it was granted full scientific powers. In 2018. The Institute was divided into three departments: Political Systems and Electoral Research, Security Studies and International and European Studies. Currently, the Institute of Political and Security Sciences employs 42 research and teaching staff.
The staff of the Institute conducts teaching classes for students of the Faculty of Social Sciences in the following fields of study: Political Science, European Studies, Internal Security, National Security and Management of Public Institutions and Public Relations.
Research areas: political systems, party systems, political and social movements, international relations, European integration, Polish foreign policy, international security, national and religious minorities, territorial self-government, Eastern Studies, cross-border cooperation, crisis management, internal security, economic policy.