The College of Social Sciences are composed of three departments and one institute.
The courses offered by the College are handled by the academic staff with whose areas of specializations and expertise align with the courses they regularly handle. These areas of specialization are further grouped into the departments and the institute that the College is comprised of.
The departments and institute of the College also administer each of the majors and minors in the BA Social Sciences program, the BS Management Economics, as well as the graduate programs.
- Department of Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology : Supervises the curriculum and academic policies of the Anthropology major discipline of the BASS, as well as the Sociology and Psychology minors. The Department also co-manages the MA Social and Development Studies and the PhD Indigenous Studies programs.
- Department of Economics and Political Science : Supervises the curriculum and academic policies of the Economics major discipline of the BASS, as well as the Political Science minor. The Department also co-manages the MA Social and Development Studies and the PhD Indigenous Studies programs.
- Department of History and Philosophy : Supervises the curriculum and academic policies of the History major discipline of the BASS, as well as the Philosophy minors. The Department also co-manages the MA Social and Development Studies and the PhD Indigenous Studies programs, and manages the MA History program.
- Institute of Management : Supervises the curriculum and academic policies of the BS Management Economics and the Master of Management programs. The Institute also co-manages the MA Social and Development Studies and the PhD Indigenous Studies programs.
The Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (BASS) provides a curriculum that is committed to disciplinal competence through a major-minor combination and to an integrative view of the social sciences through a set of core courses.
BASS students choose a major from Anthropology, Economics, or History, and a minor from Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. The core courses, taken by all students, tackle approaches, perspectives, frameworks, and methodologies that are shared by the social science disciplines as well as those that distinguish them from one another.
At the end of the BASS program, students should be able to:
1. Develop critical thinking about society;
2. Discuss the general history, common and distinguishing concepts, perspectives and methods of the Social Sciences;
3. Explain social phenomena using social theory;
4. Conduct independent social research;
5. Demonstrate ethical Social Science practice; and
6. Commit to lifelong learning in their personal and professional lives.
Given this range of academic training, BASS graduates are employed as practitioners in their disciplines and/or as professionals in various settings such as in the civil service, non-government organizations, academe and educational institutions, historical and cultural agencies, archives and museums, foreign service, international groups, research consultancies and consortiums, human resources, private enterprises and corporations, etc. Other graduates also take law, medicine, and post-graduate degrees both in the Philippines and abroad.
BACHELOR OF SCIENCES IN MANAGEMENT ECONOMICS
The Bachelor of Science in Management Economics (BSME) program provides knowledge and training in business management that is anchored on conceptual foundations developed in the field of economics. The program is envisioned to respond to the growing needs of Northern Luzon for managerial skill and expertise with solid grounding in economics.
As a student of the program, students will learn the skills for effective business practices adapted to a prevailing context, but responsive to change and conducive to innovation. In addition to learning about the fundamental business management areas of operations, marketing, finance, and human resources, the program covers macro- and micro-economic tools of analysis for management and decision making. Equipped with these tools and with the knowledge on how to wield them with flexibility, students will be prepared to analyze business operations and the economic situation of an organization, an industry, and the country. They will not only be trained in managerial decision-making and economic theory, but will also acquire an understanding of the political and socio-cultural context of organizations. The program responds to the demand for business practitioners with a more holistic perspective in decision making and business operations, preparing students for careers in professional management, corporate planning, technical analysis, and industry analysis.
The program shall also hone research skills, not often given importance in undergraduate programs in management and business-related courses. The advantage of the program is the combination of theory and application from business and economics courses as well as research training. The inclusion of a thesis requirement, of business practice, and of several research-based courses will not only equip students to perform research functions in the context of business enterprises but to also prepare them to pursue graduate studies in business management or economics.
MASTER OF ARTS IN HISTORY (Ethnohistory and Local History)
The Master of Arts in History program combines a generalist curriculum on history and historiography and a specialization in ethnohistory and local history. It equips the students with different modes of analysis based on primary sources and multidisciplinary approaches. It likewise aims to hone skills for historical research and facilitate the application and appreciation of history to the various layers of human experience from the local to global scales.
The Master of Arts in Social and Development Studies (MASDS) is a graduate degree program utilizing approaches from the various social science disciplines to analyze the issues and problems of development. The assumption that development is a complex process that has ecological, cultural, moral, and other social dimensions, in addition to the economic, has found strong affirmation from the varied experiences of peoples in different countries around the world. The program of study follows the lead of scholars of development studies who harness social science theory together with empirical and policy analysis to provide a better understanding of the process of development.
MASTER OF MANAGEMENT
The Master of Management (MM) Program seeks to provide qualified students, professionals, and practitioners with the theoretical background and skills in management needed in the efficient and effective management of all types of organizations or institutions. It is a non-thesis graduate program that is designed to enable you to assume and implement responsible supervisory and other related positions.
PhD IN INDIGENOUS STUDIES
The PhD in Indigenous Studies employs interdisciplinary perspectives in engaging historical and contemporary issues confronting Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines and elsewhere. The program also seeks to ratify indigenous epistemologies, or ways of knowing, that have been neglected and marginalized by hegemonic scientific epistemologies.