College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts was established as an independent college on June 1, 2003 pursuant to Board Resolution No. 2467. It was established as part of the restructuring program of the university to expand academic excellence across all colleges as its primary goal and in keeping abreast with modern global trends. Curriculum planners of the university spearheaded the conceptualization of a new curriculum that would bring additional laurel to the academe. In the opening of school year 2004-2005, academic planning and deliberation were constantly held until the approval by the board of the new General Education Curriculum bringing to an end by the school year 2008 the old curriculum as implemented in the university.

The college was officially given its location at the second floor of the Gusaling Lacson where the office was holding its transaction and operation. The colleges' organizational structure shows the dean, as the head of the unit, assisted by a college secretary, with three department chairmen (English, Filipino, and Social Science), and a director of the Sentro ng Malayang Sining at Araling Manileño. The administrative functions are assigned to the three administrative staff with their corresponding duties and obligations including functions as may be assigned to them.

The uniqueness of this new curriculum is that there is direct coordination to the College of Science and College of Management and Entrepreneurship when it comes to curricular offerings.

A caring college that works towards the development of the total man/woman.

The basic mission of the college is to search constantly for truth, to advance human knowledge, to pursue academic excellence and the moral uplift of its students, to the end that it shall bring a new breed of citizenry in the country.

The College of Liberal Arts is composed of three departments and two centers, namely:
• Department of English
• Department of Filipino
• Department of Social Sciences and Humanities
• Sentro ng Sining at Araling Manileño
• English as a Second Language Center

General Education Program
The General Education (GenEd) program covers the phases of the non-specialized and the non-vocational learning which should be the common experience of every college student to have acquired in college no matter what course he/she may choose. The GenEd program is to be understood not in terms of mastering particular bodies of knowledge but in terms of performance and behavior. The main task of the program is to provide learning experience that will enable the student to attain certain basic outcomes that contribute to becoming a better human being.

The rationale of the GenEd program, indeed, is to mold the PLMayer to first be truly human before he/she can become a professional.

1. Expand and enrich the intellectual, social and cultural perspectives of PLM students;
2. Equip and imbue the students with a high sense of ethical, moral and professional integrity as well as commitment to excellence in public service;
3. Provide the students with a balanced academic background in the various domains of knowledge or academic disciplines;
4. Develop and inculcate in the students a sense of nationalism, balanced with a broader understanding of internationalism and globalization;
5. Create and instil into the students a capacity for independent, critical and creative thinking; and
6. Enhance the quality of life of the students, and make them complete individuals by giving them first a strong liberal arts foundation essential to their lives through;
   a. An acquaintance with the range of arts and the depths of the sciences;
   b. An understanding of skills and knowledge with critical thinking, independent judgment, analytical power and development orientation; and
   c. The maturing of the intellect, values, concepts, and personal relations.