The College of Social Sciences (CSS) was established in December 2002 when the University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio became the seventh constituent university of the UP System.
Formerly the Social Sciences Division, it has offered its BA Social Sciences program since 1967 in pursuit of the university’s mandate to provide quality tertiary instruction in the Cordillera and Northern Luzon. The Management Sciences Division, which has also been offering its Master of Management program, merged with it in 2002 following the reorganization of academic programs and administrative units of UP Baguio.
At present, CSS is configured into three departments and an institute: the Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology (DASP), the Department of Economics and Political Science (DEPS), the Department of History and Philosophy (DHPh), and the Institute of Management (IM).
CSS offers curricular, research, and extension programs that are interdisciplinary, socially engaged, ethically committed, and relevant to the region and the nation. It has two undergraduate programs, namely the BA Social Sciences and the BS Management Economics. It also offers four graduate programs: MA History, MA Social and Development Studies, Master of Management, and PhD Indigenous Studies.
CSS likewise conducts an array of research and extension programs through its Social Sciences Research and Extension Institute (SSREI). Among its public service activities include trainings on qualitative and quantitative research methods, seminar-workshops for teachers and development workers, lectures of eminent scholars and specialists, and engagements with community organizations, local government units, national agencies, and international partners.
MISSION AND VISION OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES BAGUIO
Our mission, therefore, as a unit of the U.P. System and as the leading institution of higher learning in Northern Luzon, is to spearhead the offering of the highest standard of education and to contribute to the overall upgrading of the quality of instruction in the region. We seek to create an impact by informing our programs with a regional perspective, at the same time that these are informed by a national and global outlook.
As a constituent university of the University of Philippines System, U.P. Baguio will sustain its lead position in the delivery of tertiary education in the north. It will continue to nurture and develop innovative programs in the arts and sciences. It will also continue to develop the niche it has created over the past decades in Cordillera Studies.
MISSION OF THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
As articulated in the Proposal for the Reorganization of the then University of the Philippines College of Baguio and the Establishment of UP Baguio as the 7th constituent of the UP System, the mission the College of Social Sciences is to offer multidisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs. These programs are guided by the faculty’s mission to offer a socially-committed social science education that:
(1) Produces graduates who are not passive receptors of knowledge, but informed and competent agents of change. Their knowledge and capacities, therefore, are directed outward to the actual life of communities proceeding from the critical life of their disciplines;
(2) Addresses the social development needs of peripheral communities that the regional unit serves by providing a counterpoint to the centralized, standardized, and often fragmentary understanding of development;
(3) While grounded on the scientific study of society, is tempered by a consciousness of the many ways that our personal and disciplinal biases can overlap with the process of producing knowledge; and
(4) Expands opportunities for exercising human freedom.
DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
The Social Science Research and Extension Institute is the extension arm of the College of Social Sciences, UP Baguio, which began in 1992. The SSREI offers Social Sciences and Philosophy teaching and/or research training services, to educators, graduate students, and development workers from GOs and NGOs in the country.
The CSS Lecture Series recognizes that research is fundamental in the academic training of BA Social Sciences and BS Management Economics students, as well as graduate students in UP Baguio.
Most, if not all courses offered under the college are oriented by the importance of developing in students the values of meaningful research engagement such as intellectual honesty, inquisitiveness, rigor, comprehensiveness, coherence, and clarity in purpose, aims, and structure.
CSS FAIR AND WEEK
The CSS week and fair are the College’s yearly events in celebrating its interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary fields under the Social Sciences. It’s usually held in the first and second semester, respectively, of the academic year in part of a bigger College Week series of UP Baguio. This is essentially a project organized by the USC-CSS Committee with participation from the Executive Committees of each student academic organization as well as the College faculty and staff.
The project is all about showcasing the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas between the students and their respective disciplinary specializations. The event is inspired by the College’s mission to widen students’ horizons to different perspectives in studying and explaining social phenomena. This is the essence of being a student and a scholar of the Social Sciences; students must be able to realize that they are at the forefront in discussing issues in society and also in presenting possible solutions to these issues.
The events consist of a showcase of creatively applied activities from learned concepts and theories in the classroom. Some of these activities involve an auction for a cause involving the faculty members of the college, individual organization events such as lectures, seminars, quiz shows, or movie screenings. The week-long event ends with a culmination night where students and faculty get to enjoy their livelier and funnier side through food, live music, and general festivity.