About the School of Humanities

The School’s unique Christian general education program provides meaning and purpose, and an illuminating context for all knowledge learned. Such extensive and enlightened knowledge has developed among its students a discerning nature, the capacity to make informed judgment, and the propensity towards wise action.

The School of Humanities (previously known for a long time as the College of Human Sciences) was formally recognized as a separate department in 1967 when the then College of Liberal Arts (founded in 1952) was divided into the Colleges of Human Sciences and Natural Sciences, respectively.

As originally envisioned, the School conscientiously strives for a holistic human development with its liberal arts curriculum.  The wide-ranging programs guarantee students a diverse body of knowledge which enhances human creativity and is required for most jobs or endeavors.  The School of Humanities aims to promote a genuine understanding of the human spirit. As such, it utilizes varied learning strategies for its multidisciplinary curriculum. This includes Philosophy, Psychology, English, Political Science, Mass Communications, Social Work, and very recently, Legal and Interdisciplinary Studies.

True to its name, the School has always been at the forefront of dealing with contemporary human interests and concerns. It has sponsored peace campaigns, and programs on the appreciation for world religions, mental health, women’s rights, politics, and many more.  There are also many historical, anthropological, sociological and ethnographic researches completed and presently undertaken by the School.

The School’s early years were marked with notable citations for studies done on highland cultures.  The pioneering work of anthropology and social sciences CICM professors Frs. Frans Lambrecht,  Alfons Claerhoudt, and Juul De Raedt on Cordillera literature, songs and dances, and tribal and religious rituals earned for the University awards from the Philippine government and praise from the international community.

Drawing on this inspiration and to aid in students’ researches in the social sciences, the Department of Social Sciences in 1968 started a collection campaign for artifacts and relics of art and culture particularly of Northern Luzon.  This initiative gave rise to the now famous SLU Museum of Culture and Arts which houses a diverse collection of ethnological and historical artifacts, ethnographic items, and volumes of folkloric collection.

The University has kept the legacy and interest on the Cordillera culture of the pioneer CICM fathers alive by establishing the Cordillera Research and Development Foundation, Inc.  This affiliate unit of the University, purposely set up to encourage and support researches on the culture, history, religion, economy and language in the Cordilleras, produced several publications on this rich indigenous culture.

The school embraces its role in promoting global opportunities in education with its enhanced curriculum, exchange programs, and course offerings.   It maintains active linkages with esteemed universities overseas, particularly for its Social Work and English courses.  With a growing number of requests from various academic institutions around the globe for English language proficiency training, the School opened the Institute of Foreign Languages and International Studies in 2006.   This institute offers interested clients intensive courses to facilitate learning of a new language and to promote intercultural understanding and communication.  In its four years of operation, it has served over 300 individuals of more than a dozen nationalities.