Faculty of Arts and Letters

Faculty of Arts and Letters

Degree Programs

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Faculty of Arts and Letters (1896)

The Faculty of Arts and Letters, which used to be the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, is UST’s most diverse tertiary academic unit, offering thirteen (13) bachelor’s degree programs, housed in nine (9) departments. It has produced National Artists, outstanding media practitioners, noted philosophers, linguists, and historians, among other professionals.

Contact Information

The Faculty of Arts and Letters has a virtual office and one-stop-shop portal for all stakeholders’ needs. Visit UST AB Virtual Office to interact with the members of the AB community.

Vision & Mission


Research Journals

Vision & Mission


Communication and Media Studies

Economics (University-Level)

English (University-Level)

History (University-Level)

Interdisciplinary Studies

Literature (University-Level)

Modern Languages (University-Level)

Philosophy (University-Level)

Political Science (University-Level)

Sociology (University-Level)



Notable Alumni


Center of Excellence in Philosophy

Center of Development in Communication

Center of Development in Journalism

Level IV Accreditation (BA Economics | BA Legal Management | BA Literature | BA Philosophy)

Level III Accreditation (BA Asian Studies | BA Behavioral Science | BA Communication | BA Journalism | BA Political Science | BA Sociology)

Notable Alumni


Student Organizations

Patron Saint


  • St. Thomas More Lecture

Student Organizations

  • AB Debate Parliament
  • Artistang Artlets
  • Artlets Economics Society
  • Asian Studies Society
  • Behavioral Science Society
  • Communication Arts Students Association
  • Concilium Philosophiae
  • History Society
  • Legal Management Society
  • Literary Society
  • Pax Romana – AB Unit
  • Red Cross Youth Council – AB Unit
  • Rotaract Club – AB Unit
  • The Political Science Forum
  • UST Chorus of Arts and Letters
  • UST English Language Studies Society
  • UST Journalism Society
  • UST Sociological Society

Patron Saint

(1478-1535), martyr 

Patron of the UST Faculty of Arts and Letters

Feast Day: June 22

Born in 1478, Thomas More (1477-1535) received a well-rounded college education at Oxford. He knew several ancient and modern languages, and was well-versed in mathematics, music and literature. Eventually, he became a lawyer. Despite his legal and political orientation, he seriously considered joining either the Carthusians or the Franciscans, and observed asceticism. Since he was elected to the Parliament in 1504, he gave up his religious ambition, though not his disciplined spiritual life, and married Jane Colt, who tragically died in childbirth. He then married a widow named Alice Middleton, a devoted wife and mother.

King Henry VIII (1491-1547) showed fondness for Thomas, who eventually became the Lord Chancellor of England. The king wanted an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. The king then tried desperately to win his chancellor to his side considering his unquestionable integrity. But when Thomas resigned, he was charged with high treason because of his refusal to take the Oath of Supremacy, declaring the King as spiritual head of the Church in England, and affirming the validity of his new marriage to Anne Boleyn. Before he was beheaded in 1535, he said: “I die as the king's good servant… but God's first.” He was beatified by Pope Leo XIII in 1886 and canonized in 1935 by Pope Pius XI. 

The Faculty of Arts and Letters is UST’s most diverse tertiary academic unit, offering thirteen (13) bachelor’s degree programs, housed in nine (9) departments. As the Faculty continues to produce  national artists, outstanding media practitioners, noted philosophers, linguists, sociologists, historians, and political experts among other professionals, they follow the lead of their patron, St. Thomas More, who did not compromise his own moral values in order to please the king, knowing that true allegiance to authority is not blind acceptance of everything that authority wants. In the year 2000, Pope St. John Paul II named St. Thomas More as patron of political leaders.



  • Hardon SJ, John (ed.), The Treasury of Catholic Wisdom, Ignatius Press, San Francisco, 1995. catholicnewsagency.com


Rev. Fr. George Phe Mang, O.P.,

Department Chairpersons and Program Coordinators

Assoc. Prof. Carlos L. Manapat, PhD,
Chair, Economics

Asst. Prof. Abigail T. Pagalilauan, MHist, MTS,
Chair, Modern Languages

Asst. Prof. John Manuel R. Kliatchko, PhD,
Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies

Assoc. Prof. Jovito V. Cariño, PhD,
Chair, Philosophy

Asst. Prof. Dennis C. Coronacion, PhD,
Chair, Political Science

Mr. Felipe F. Salvosa II, MA,
Coordinator – Journalism

Asst. Prof. Joselito D. delos Reyes, PhD,
Coordinator – Creative Writing

Mr. Jan Michael P. Denila, MPS,
Coordinator – Asian Studies

Asst. Prof. Alain Jomarie G. Santos, MBA,
Coordinator – Legal Management

Faculty Council

Prof. Marilu R. Madrunio, PhD,
Chair (Ex-Officio)

Rev. Fr. George Phe Mang, O.P.,
Member (Ex-Officio)

Assoc. Prof. Emmanuel Batoon, PhD,

Asst. Prof. Antonio M. Chua, Ll. B.,

Asst. Prof. Josephine A. Placido, MA,

Asst. Prof. Ma. Zenia R. Rodriguez, MEM,
Secretary (Ex-Officio)


Asst. Prof. Rhodora Lynn L. Tababa, MA


Assoc. Prof. Arlene D. Calara, PhD


Asst. Prof. Analiza A. Yanga, MHist


Prof. Franz Giuseppe F. Correz, PhD


Mr. John Paulo Q. Herrera

Pedagogical Lead

Asst. Prof. Louie Benedict Ignacio, PhD

Student Welfare and Development

Support Staff

Ms. Viveca Jane V. Deocadiz

Office Secretary

Ms. Maria Leticia A. Cabral

Office Clerk

Mr. Ernesto A. Lacap

Office Clerk

Mr. Ronald S. Manalastas

Office Clerk

Mr. Charles Bryan Manuel D. Mateo

Office Clerk

Ms. Rasel G. Namora

Office Clerk

Ms. Rhiolyn Q. Valeriano

Office Clerk

Ms. Maria Catherine B. Zaldivar

Office Clerk

Mr. Jonas A. Camimo

Computer Technician

Mr. Rodablas P. Nicolas

Computer Technician

Mr. Richard A. Silva

Audio-Visual Room Technician


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