Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Studies

Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Studies

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We are a Catholic institution of learning dedicated to advancing the frontiers of knowledge in the theoretical and applied fields through quality graduate education that is comprehensive and responsive to the needs of society.

We are committed to the formation of scholars and high-quality professionals who are ethical, competent, compassionate, and committed to the service of their respective professions, the Church, the nation, and the global community.


We envision a Graduate School that stands for excellence and innovation and that is globally recognized for its distinct degree programs and quality research outputs.


Cultural Heritage refers to things valued from the past that enrich our identity in the present and inspire future generations. Our tangible, intangible, movable and immovable heritage are valued not because they are old but because they are associated with phases of history people, and events of high significance.

The Cultural Heritage Studies Program of the UST-Graduate School began in 2000 as a pioneering curriculum in heritage conservation in the country. The CHS program is carried out through the support from the UST Museum of Arts and Sciences (as an environment of continuous/experimental learning) and the UST Center for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (for application of learning).

The core aim of this program is to produce graduates who are armed with skills and competencies to allow them to be a part of the dynamic fiend of cultural heritage, in terms of policy making, practice, research, service and advocacy.

Goals and Objectives

The Graduate School commits itself to develop: 

  1. Competent professionals who, inspired by the ideals of St. Antoninus of Florence, promote excellence in the production, advancement, and transmission of specialized knowledge and skills in the sciences, the arts, and community service; 
  2. Scholarly researchers and creative thinkers who, kindled by St. Thomas Aquinas’s ardour for truth, aspire to become fonts of intellectual creativity and, in their quest for quality research, are proficient and critical in assessing and communicating information in various fields that impact the professions, the Church, the nation, and the global community; 
  3. Professional Christian leaders who, touched by St. Dominic de Guzman’s apostolic fire and warmed by Mary’s motherly care, articulate ethics and truth, high level of moral maturity in resolving issues and promoting social justice and compassion for the poor, and care for the environment; 
  4. Globally engaged citizens who, with ardent advocacy for life, promote a deeper understanding of tolerance and justice as well as linguistic, religious, and cultural diversities as a result of precise evaluation of modern problems and inquiries; 
  5. Committed scholars who, nurtured by the dogmas of Christian faith and values, are dedicated to the pursuit of truth through the promotion of an intellectual culture that values academic rigor and freedom of scientific investigations; and 
  6. Lifelong learners who, empowered by St. Antoninus of Florence’s zeal for learning, are committed to the advancement of a higher culture through a continuous search for intellectual inquiries and new knowledge as well as faithfulness to Catholic intellectual traditions. 
Program Intended Learning Outcomes

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Program Curriculum

Pre-Requisite Courses

GS 500 – St. Thomas and Critical Thinking
As the philosophical foundation of Research Methodology, it is a study of the principles of skills in critical thinking according to St. Thomas Aquinas in the three areas of mental cognition: simple apprehension, judgement, and reasoning; and of common fallacies toward the acquisition of the art of argumentation. 


GS 501 – Research Methodology for Cultural Heritage Studies
The course introduces learners of Cultural Heritage Studies Studies to formal, academic research that provides the theoretical grounding for conservation or preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and initiates appropriate conservation measures.

Core Courses

CHS 500 – Perspectives in Culture and Heritage
The class will be introduced to various approaches to culture, with the view to broaden their horizons on the plurality of cultures in the worlds. Through reportages, on selected readings and other media, students will be encouraged to expand their horizons on thinking and working with culture. Case studies and perspectives will be selected from a variety of fields such as anthropology, ethnography, linguistics, geography, history, sociology, religion, the arts, and etc. Classic works will be selected along with current writing. More than fifty percent of the emphasis will be on aspects on Philippine culture. 


CHS 504 – Museum and Cultural Heritage: Contexts and Issues
The course introduces the historical, philosophical and practical perspectives of cultural heritage and museums. Cultural heritage discussions revolve around the local legislations and ordinances. Museum development studies and ethics of collecting agencies and their public programs. The changing contexts of heritage concepts and practice is viewed in the light of cultural diversity, human rights, and sustainability in a developing nation.


CHS 502 – Cultural Heritage Management
This course, characterized by multidisciplinary contents and contexts, provides basic theories, principles, and practical case studies for students to develop and evolve their conservation approaches. It highlights the mounting pressure on cultural heritage managers and administrators for increasing accountability and effectiveness. It also addresses collection and site management, business practices, and ethics in administration. Students are presented insights into modern management techniques based on physical, oral, and archival research to foreground courses of decisions and action targeted on cultural heritage programs, museums, and art establishment. 

Specialization Courses

CHS 104 – Heritage Research and Documentation
The course introduces various methodologies in research and documentation of cultural heritage with the view of gathering and conserving data in plural world. 

Through reportages on selected readings, such as classic works and current writing, and other media, students shall be encouraged to expand their horizons on research and documentation of culture with emphasis on the Philippines. Case studies and examples with multi-disciplinary points of view will be selected from a variety of fields such as anthropology, ethnography, linguistics, geography, history, sociology, religion, the arts, etc. 


CHS 105 – Principles and Basic Practices in Conservation of Movable Heritage
This course cover theories involved in the conservation of movable (paintings, paper, and etc.) and immovable (built heritage) objects. It introduces the history and development of conservation in the international and local setting, generally-accepted principles and standard practices, the classification of materials, their nature and properties, common causes of conservation problems, different types of conservation intervention, as well as environmental monitoring and control. Focus is on methodology of treatment of objects in ned of conservation, based on assessment of their condition, tests, analyses, interpretation of results and recommendation. Students are expected to be able to develop conservation programs depending on the situation where it is required. 


CHS 106 – Heritage and Interpretation
Focuses of establishing and developing different approaches to design and implementation of a range of public programs to communicate the significance of the collection and sites. 


CHS 107 – Approaches to Archaelological Heritage
The course provides theoretical and methodological approaches in the reconstruction and interpretation of cultures of the past. It also deals with story of humanity focusing on the Philippine Island as it reviews the nature of information available from artifacts, ecofacts, archaeological features, their context and its relationships. 


CHS 110 – Heritage and Cultural Tourism
This course brings into perspective the role of tourism as an important means and motivation for the protection, conservation, interpretation and presentation of the heritage and cultural diversity of any particular place or region. Examines the role of domestic and international cultural tourism in the social and economic development thus engaging on conservation by generating funding, education the community and influencing policy. Learners are expected to be trained in physical, oral, and archival research to foreground courses of decisions and actions. 

Cognate Courses Courses

CHS 108 – Seminars
Seminar with changing topics. In-depth examination of particulat topics allows students to broaden their knowledge of subjects pertinent to this field.

Summary of Program Requirements
Degree Requirements
Prerequisite Courses
Core Courses
Specialization Courses
Cognate Courses
Written Comprehensive Exams
      Thesis Writing I
      Thesis Writing II
      Thesis Writing III