Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (4 years)

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (4 years)

Description

As part of a discipline that seeks the truth and is a guide for life, the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy program aims to analyze the different aspects of reality, to see their intentions, and to combine them into a systematic whole. The study of Philosophy involves not only the objects under investigation, but also the subject who investigates not only the thought, but also the thinker. More importantly, the study teaches the students to think analytically and critically, to enable them to provide deeper insights into the nature of man, of things, and of values to live by. 

Identity​

Becoming Part of the Program

Identity​

The University of Santo Tomas, in pursuit of truth, guided by reason and illumined by faith, dedicates herself to the generation, advancement, and transmission of knowledge to form competent and compassionate professionals committed to the service of the Church, the nation, and the global community.

I am a Thomasian. I carry the SEAL of Thomasian education. I am a Servant leader, an Effective communicator and collaborator, an Analytical and creative thinker, and a Lifelong learner. With Christ at the center of my formation as a Thomasian, I am expected to demonstrate the following Thomasian Graduate Attributes (ThoGAs): 

SERVANT LEADER 

  • Show leadership abilities to promote advocacies for life, freedom, justice, and solidarity in the service of the family, the local and global communities, the Church, and the environment. 
  • Implement relevant projects and activities that speak of Christian compassion to the poor and the marginalized in order to raise their quality of life. 
  • Show respect for the human person, regardless of race, religion, age, and gender. 

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR AND COLLABORATOR 

  • Express myself clearly, correctly, and confidently in various environments, contexts, and technologies of human interaction.
  • Work productively with individuals or groups from diverse cultures and demographics. 
  • Show profound respect for individual differences and/or uniqueness as members of God’s creation. 

ANALYTICAL AND CREATIVE THINKER 

  • Show judiciousness and resourcefulness in making personal and professional decisions. 
  • Engage in research undertakings that respond to societal issues. 
  • Express personal and professional insights through an ethical and evidence-based approach. 

LIFELONG LEARNER 

  • Engage in reflective practice to ensure disciplinal relevance and professional development. 
  • Exhibit preparedness and interest for continuous upgrading of competencies required by the profession or area of specialization. 
  • Manifest fidelity to the teachings of Christ, mediated by the Catholic Church, in the continuous deepening of faith and spirituality in dealing with new life situations and challenges. 

Competence

Commitment

Compassion

Informed by the Vision and Mission of the UST Department of Philosophy and the Faculty of Arts and Letters, the B.A. in Philosophy curriculum is one of the most comprehensive in the country; as such, a Thomasian Philosophy graduate…

    1. Demonstrates critical thinking and ethical consciousness. The teaching of “General Education Courses” will introduce philosophy students to the basic philosophical branches and sub-branches, to develop their critical reasoning skills and make them cognizant of socio-politico-ethical issues relevant to human beings and society.
    2. Evaluates and articulates various philosophical positions and theories. The teaching of “Professional Courses” to philosophy students will familiarize them with philosophical issues, from the most rudimentary to the most complex, gleaned from the various traditions (East and West) in the global history of philosophy. Through this, students will be firmly grounded in the various complex philosophical debates which, in turn, become the foundation of comparison, criticism, and defense of these philosophical theories.
    3. Contributes to the development of philosophical discourse. It is the ultimate aim of the B.A. in Philosophy program to instill the value of philosophical research among the students. With a comprehensive mastery of various philosophical theories, students are guided by mentors to explore and foster key areas of strength of the Department (Filipino Philosophy, Oriental Thought and East-West Comparative Philosophy, Aristotelian-Thomistic Philosophy and Scholasticism, Continental European Philosophy, and Anglo-American Philosophy). Philosophy students are exposed to more complex philosophical issues and new philosophical trends via “Seminar Courses.” Moreover, as a final requirement of the program, students contribute to the exploration and fostering of these key areas of strength by conducting and submitting their own research through “Research Courses.” This training will then prepare the students for graduate studies in philosophy.
    4. Applies critical competencies in other professional areas and industries. In addition to intensive training in key areas of strength of the Department and in philosophical research, it is an important aim of the B.A. in Philosophy program to prepare its students for other professions, such as religious, legal, and government, inter alia.

Becoming Part of the Program

Application Period: July to December of each year

Application Website

Release of Results: January 28 of the following year

Go to THIS PAGE and look for the “Faculty of Arts and Letters” tab for the tuition fees.

Career Opportunities

Academe
(Teaching and Research)

Corporate Positions

Human Resource Management

Civil Service 

Law Profession

Journalism

Arts and Culture

Publishing

Student Experience and Support

The Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy program provides not just theoretical input, but also practical applications of learned concepts and skills to best prepare students for the world of work. To do so, the program uses facilities such as laboratories for their learning experiences.

The University of Santo Tomas provides student services that cater to academic, spiritual, and wellness concerns of students. These support units are found in the different parts of the campus and can be accessed by Thomasians. When the University shifted to distance learning, the services also transitioned to online services to continue addressing the needs of Thomasians.

Program Curriculum (New)​

Effectivity: A.Y. 2021-2022

This curriculum may have some changes upon the availability of new guidelines.

Year
First Term 
(August – December)
Second Term
(January – May)
Special Term
(June – July)
1
/
/
none
2
/
/
none
3
/
/
none
4
/
/
none

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
CONTEM_W
The Contemporary World
3
0
3
GE ELEC I
Elective I
3
0
3
NSTP 1
National Service Training Program 1
0
3
3
PATH-FIT
Fitness Exercises for Specific Sports
2
0
2
PHL 3200
Philosophical Problems and Critical Thinking
3
0
3
PHL 3201
History of Philosophy I: Ancient to Medieval Western Philosophy
3
0
3
PURPCOM
Purposive Communication
3
0
3
READ_PH
Readings in Philippine History
3
0
3
SPN 1
Spanish 1 – Basic
3
0
3
THY 1
Christian Vision of the Human Person
3
0
3
TOTAL
26
3
29

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
GE ELEC II
Elective II
3
0
3
MATH_MW
Mathematics in the Modern World
3
0
3
NSTP 2
National Service Training Program 2
0
3
3
NSTP 1
PATH-FIT
Physical Activities Towards Health and Fitness in Sports
2
0
2
PHL 3202
History of Philosophy II: Modern to Contemporary Western Philosophy
3
0
3
SPN 2
Spanish 2 – Intermediate
3
0
3
SPN 1
THY 2
Christian Vision of Marriage and Family
3
0
3
THY 1
UND_SELF
Understanding the Self
3
0
3
WOSOCU
World Societies and Cultures
3
0
3
TOTAL
23
3
26

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
ART_APP
Art Appreciation
3
0
3
 
FIL 
Panimulang Pagsasalin 
3
0
3
 
LIT 1
The Great Works
3
0
3
 
LIWORIZ
Life and Works of Rizal
3
0
3
 
PATH-FIT 
Human Enhancement 
2
0
2
 
PHL 3203
History of Philosophy III: Chinese Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 3204
Aristotelian Logic: The Organon
3
0
3
 
STS
Science, Technology, and Society
3
0
3
 
THY 3
Christian Vision of the Church in Society
3
0
3
THY 1,
THY 2
TOTAL
 
26
0
26
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
AB 301
Entrepreneurial World
3
0
3
 
ETHICS
Ethics
3
0
3
 
GE ELEC III
Elective III
3
0
3
 
LIT 2
Philippine Literary History
3
0
3
 
PATH-FIT
Physical Activities Towards Health and Fitness in Dance
2
0
2
 
PHL 3206
History of Philosophy IV: Indian Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 3207
Theories on Philosophical Anthropology
3
0
3
 
THY 4
Living the Christian Vision in the Contemporary World
3
0
3
THY 1,
THY 2,
THY 3
TOTAL
 
23
0
23
 

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
ELE 1
Professional Elective 1
3
0
3
 
PHL 3208
Theories on Knowledge
3
0
3
 
PHL 3209
Theories on Reality
3
0
3
 
PHL 32010
Theories on the Philosophy of Science and Technology
3
0
3
 
PHL 32011
Readings in Scholastic Philosophy and Thomism
3
0
3
 
PHL 32012
Foreign Language for Academic Purposes I
3
0
3
 
PHL 32013
Methods in Philosophical Research
3
0
3
 
TOTAL
 
21
0
21
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
ELE 2
Professional Elective 2
3
0
3
 
PHL 32014
Theories on Art
3
0
3
 
PHL 32015
Theories on Religion
3
0
3
 
PHL 32016
Readings in Enlightenment and Modernity
3
0
3
 
PHL 32017
Foreign Language for Academic Purposes II
3
0
3
 
PHL 32018
Readings in Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Postmodernism
3
0
3
 
PHL 32019
Thesis Writing I: Proposal Writing
2
0
2
PHL 32013
TOTAL
 
20
0
20
 

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
PHL 32020
Theories on Social and Political Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 32021
Theories on the Philosophy of Language
3
0
3
 
PHL 32022
Readings in Modern Asian Thoughts
3
0
3
 
PHL 32023
Seminar on Ancient Greek Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 32024
Seminar on Emerging Philosophical Trends I
3
0
3
 
PHL 32025
Thesis Writing II: Colloquium
2
0
2
PHL 32019
TOTAL
 
17
0
17
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
PHL 32026
Readings in East-West Comparative Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 32027
Readings in Marxism and Post-Marxism
3
0
3
 
PHL 32028
Seminar on Filipino Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 32029
Seminar on Emerging Philosophical Trends II
3
0
3
 
PHL 32030
Seminar on Special Questions in Ethics
3
0
3
 
PHL 320231
Thesis Writing III: Oral Defense
2
0
2
PHL 32025
TOTAL
 
17
0
17
 

Effectivity: A.Y. 2019-2020

This curriculum may have some changes upon the availability of new guidelines.

Year
First Term 
(August – December)
Second Term
(January – May)
Special Term
(June – July)
1
/
/
none
2
/
/
none
3
/
/
none
4
/
/
none

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
CONTEM_W
The Contemporary World
3
0
3
GE ELEC I
Elective I
3
0
3
NSTP 1
National Service Training Program 1
0
3
3
PATH-FIT
Fitness Exercises for Specific Sports
2
0
2
PHL 3200
Philosophical Problems and Critical Thinking
3
0
3
PHL 3201
History of Philosophy I: Ancient to Medieval Western Philosophy
3
0
3
PURPCOM
Purposive Communication
3
0
3
READ_PH
Readings in Philippine History
3
0
3
SPN 1
Spanish 1 – Basic
3
0
3
THY 1
Christian Vision of the Human Person
3
0
3
TOTAL
26
3
29

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
GE ELEC II
Elective II
3
0
3
MATH_MW
Mathematics in the Modern World
3
0
3
NSTP 2
National Service Training Program 2
0
3
3
NSTP 1
PATH-FIT
Physical Activities Towards Health and Fitness in Sports
2
0
2
PHL 3202
History of Philosophy II: Modern to Contemporary Western Philosophy
3
0
3
SPN 2
Spanish 2 – Intermediate
3
0
3
SPN 1
THY 2
Christian Vision of Marriage and Family
3
0
3
THY 1
UND_SELF
Understanding the Self
3
0
3
WOSOCU
World Societies and Cultures
3
0
3
TOTAL
23
3
26

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
ART_APP
Art Appreciation
3
0
3
 
FIL 1
Kontekstuwalisadong Komunikasyon sa Filipino
3
0
3
 
LIT 1
The Great Works
3
0
3
 
LIWORIZ
Life and Works of Rizal
3
0
3
 
PATH-FIT
Human Enhancement
2
0
2
 
PHL 3203
History of Philosophy III: Chinese Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 3204
Aristotelian Logic: The Organon
3
0
3
 
STS
Science, Technology, and Society
3
0
3
 
THY 3
Christian Vision of the Church in Society
3
0
3
THY 1,
THY 2
TOTAL
 
26
0
26
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
AB 301
Entrepreneurial World
3
0
3
 
ETHICS
Ethics
3
0
3
 
FIL 2
Panimulang Pagsasalin
3
0
3
FIL 1
GE ELEC III
Elective III
3
0
3
 
LIT 2
Philippine Literary History
3
0
3
 
PATH-FIT
Physical Activities Towards Health and Fitness in Dance
2
0
2
 
PHL 3206
History of Philosophy IV: Indian Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 3207
Theories on Philosophical Anthropology
3
0
3
 
THY 4
Living the Christian Vision in the Contemporary World
3
0
3
THY 1,
THY 2,
THY 3
TOTAL
 
26
0
26
 

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
ELE 1
Professional Elective 1
3
0
3
 
PHL 3208
Theories on Knowledge
3
0
3
 
PHL 3209
Theories on Reality
3
0
3
 
PHL 32010
Theories on the Philosophy of Science and Technology
3
0
3
 
PHL 32011
Readings in Scholastic Philosophy and Thomism
3
0
3
 
PHL 32012
Foreign Language for Academic Purposes I
3
0
3
 
PHL 32013
Methods in Philosophical Research
3
0
3
 
TOTAL
 
21
0
21
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
ELE 2
Professional Elective 2
3
0
3
 
PHL 32014
Theories on Art
3
0
3
 
PHL 32015
Theories on Religion
3
0
3
 
PHL 32016
Readings in Enlightenment and Modernity
3
0
3
 
PHL 32017
Foreign Language for Academic Purposes II
3
0
3
 
PHL 32018
Readings in Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Postmodernism
3
0
3
 
PHL 32019
Thesis Writing I: Proposal Writing
2
0
2
PHL 32013
TOTAL
 
20
0
20
 

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
PHL 32020
Theories on Social and Political Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 32021
Theories on the Philosophy of Language
3
0
3
 
PHL 32022
Readings in Modern Asian Thoughts
3
0
3
 
PHL 32023
Seminar on Ancient Greek Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 32024
Seminar on Emerging Philosophical Trends I
3
0
3
 
PHL 32025
Thesis Writing II: Colloquium
2
0
2
PHL 32019
TOTAL
 
17
0
17
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
PHL 32026
Readings in East-West Comparative Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 32027
Readings in Marxism and Post-Marxism
3
0
3
 
PHL 32028
Seminar on Filipino Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 32029
Seminar on Emerging Philosophical Trends II
3
0
3
 
PHL 32030
Seminar on Special Questions in Ethics
3
0
3
 
PHL 320231
Thesis Writing III: Oral Defense
2
0
2
PHL 32025
TOTAL
 
17
0
17
 

Effectivity: A.Y. 2018-2019

This curriculum may have some changes upon the availability of new guidelines.

Year
First Term 
(August – December)
Second Term
(January – May)
Special Term
(June – July)
1
/
/
none
2
/
/
none
3
/
/
none
4
/
/
none

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
CONTEM_W
The Contemporary World
3
0
3
 
GE ELEC I
Elective I
3
0
3
 
NSTP 1
National Service Training Program 1
0
3
3
 
PATH-FIT
Fitness Exercises for Specific Sports
2
0
2
 
PHL 3201
History of Philosophy I: Ancient to Medieval Western Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PURPCOM
Purposive Communication
3
0
3
 
READ_PH
Readings in Philippine History
3
0
3
 
SPN 1
Spanish 1 – Basic
3
0
3
 
THY 1
Christian Vision of the Human Person
3
0
3
 
TOTAL
 
23
3
26
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
GE ELEC II
Elective II
3
0
3
 
MATH_MW
Mathematics in the Modern World
3
0
3
 
NSTP 2
National Service Training Program 2
0
3
3
NSTP 1
PATH-FIT
Physical Activities Towards Health and Fitness in Sports
2
0
2
 
PHL 3202
History of Philosophy II: Modern to Contemporary Western Philosophy
3
0
3
 
SPN 2
Spanish 2 – Intermediate
3
0
3
SPN 1
THY 2
Christian Vision of Marriage and Family
3
0
3
THY 1
UND_SELF
Understanding the Self
3
0
3
 
WOSOCU
World Societies and Cultures
3
0
3
 
TOTAL
 
23
3
26
 

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
ART_APP
Art Appreciation
3
0
3
 
FIL 1
Kontekstuwalisadong Komunikasyon sa Filipino
3
0
3
 
LIT 1
The Great Works
3
0
3
 
LIWORIZ
Life and Works of Rizal
3
0
3
 
PATH-FIT
Human Enhancement
2
0
2
 
PHL 3203
History of Philosophy III: Chinese Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 3204
Aristotelian Logic: The Organon
3
0
3
 
PHL 3205
History of Filipino Philosophy
3
0
3
 
STS
Science, Technology and Society
3
0
3
 
THY 3
Christian Vision of the Church in Society
3
0
3
THY 1,
THY 2
TOTAL
 
29
0
29
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
AB 301
Entrepreneurial World
3
0
3
 
ETHICS
Ethics
3
0
3
 
FIL 2
Panimulang Pagsasalin
3
0
3
FIL 1
GE ELEC III
Elective III
3
0
3
 
LIT 2
Philippine Literary History
3
0
3
 
PATH-FIT
Physical Activities Towards Health and Fitness in Dance
2
0
2
 
PHL 3206
History of Philosophy IV: Indian Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 3207
Theories on Philosophical Anthropology
3
0
3
 
THY 4
Living the Christian Vision in the Contemporary World
3
0
3
THY 1,
THY 2,
THY 3
TOTAL
 
26
0
26
 

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
ELE 1
Professional Elective 1
3
0
3
 
PHL 3208
Theories on Knowledge
3
0
3
 
PHL 3209
Theories on Reality
3
0
3
 
PHL 32010
Theories on the Philosophy of Science and Technology
3
0
3
 
PHL 32011
Readings in Scholastic Philosophy and Thomism
3
0
3
 
PHL 32012
Foreign Language for Academic Purposes I
3
0
3
 
PHL 32013
Methods in Philosophical Research
3
0
3
 
TOTAL
 
21
0
21
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
ELE 2
Professional Elective 2
3
0
3
 
PHL 32014
Theories on Art
3
0
3
 
PHL 32015
Theories on Religion
3
0
3
 
PHL 32016
Readings in Enlightenment and Modernity
3
0
3
 
PHL 32017
Foreign Language for Academic Purposes II
3
0
3
 
PHL 32018
Readings in Existentialism, Phenomenology, and Postmodernism
3
0
3
 
PHL 32019
Thesis Writing I: Proposal Writing
2
0
2
PHL 32013
TOTAL
 
20
0
20
 

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
PHL 32020
Theories on Social and Political Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 32021
Theories on the Philosophy of Language
3
0
3
 
PHL 32022
Readings in Modern Asian Thoughts
3
0
3
 
PHL 32023
Seminar on Ancient Greek Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 32024
Seminar on Emerging Philosophical Trends I
3
0
3
 
PHL 32025
Thesis Writing II: Colloquium
2
0
2
PHL 32019
TOTAL
 
17
0
17
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
PHL 32026
Readings in East-West Comparative Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 32027
Readings in Marxism and Post-Marxism
3
0
3
 
PHL 32028
Seminar on Filipino Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 32029
Seminar on Emerging Philosophical Trends II
3
0
3
 
PHL 32030
Seminar on Special Questions in Ethics
3
0
3
 
PHL 320231
Thesis Writing III: Oral Defense
2
0
2
PHL 32025
TOTAL
 
17
0
17
 

Program Curriculum (Old)​

Effectivity: 2011-2012 until Freshmen Cohort of A.Y. 2017-2018

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
ENG 1
Introduction to College English
3
0
3
 
ETAR
Economics with Taxation and Agrarian Reform
3
0
3
 
HIST 101
History of Civilization I
3
0
3
 
LIT 101A
World Literatures
3
0
3
 
PHL 1
Introduction to Philosophy
3
0
3
 
PHL 201
History of Philosophy I: East
3
0
3
 
SCL 101
Society and Culture
3
0
3
 
THY 1
Contextualized Salvation History
3
0
3
 
TOTAL
 
24
0
24
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
CWG
Contemporary World Geography
3
0
3
 
ENG 2
Reading and Thinking Skills for Academic Study
3
0
3
ENG 1
LIT 102A
Philippine Literatures
3
0
3
 
MATH 101
College Algebra
3
0
3
 
PGC
Philippine Government and Constitution
3
0
3
 
PHL 2
Logic
3
0
3
PHL 1/101
PHL 202
History of Philosophy II: West
3
0
3
PHL 201
THY 2
Church and Sacraments
3
0
3
THY 1
TOTAL
 
24
0
24
 

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
ENG 3
Academic Writing Skills
3
0
3
ENG 2
HST 102
History of Civilization II
3
0
3
 
NS 101
Physical Science
3
0
3
 
PHL 103
Philosophical Anthropology
3
0
3
PHL 1/ 101, 
PHL 2/102
PHL 203
Metaphysics
3
0
3
PHL 1/ 101, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202,
PHL 204
Epistemology
3
0
3
PHL 1/ 101, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202
PHL 5
Christian Ethics
3
0
3
THY 1, 
THY 2
PSY 1
General Psychology
3
0
3
 
TOTAL
 
24
0
24
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
ENG 4
Oral Communication in Context
3
0
3
ENG 3
FIL 1
Komunikasyon sa Akademikong Filipino
3
0
3
 
MATH 600A
Statistics
3
0
3
 
NS 201
Biological Science
3
0
3
 
PHIST
Philippine History
3
0
3
 
PHL 301
Scholasticism
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203
RC
Rizal Course
3
0
3
 
SCL 3
The Social Teachings of the Church
3
0
3
THY 1, 
THY 2, 
PHL 5
TOTAL
 
24
0
24
 

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
COMP
Computer Science and Information Technology
3
0
3
 
FIL 2
Pagbasa at Pagsulat tungo sa Pananaliksik
3
0
3
FIL 1
LIT 103
Survey of Literary Masterpieces I (Non-Western Literature)
3
0
3
 
PHL 205
Philosophy of Religion
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204
PHL 207
Social and Political Philosophy
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204
PHL 209
Indian Philosophy
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204
PHL 302
Rationalism and Empiricism
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204
SPN 1
Elementary Spanish
3
0
3
 
TOTAL
 
24
0
24
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
FIL 3
Retorika
3
0
3
 
LIT 104
Survey of Literary Masterpieces II (Western Literature)
3
0
3
 
PHL 206
Aesthetics with Art Appreciation
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204
PHL 303
Theorizing Enlightenment and Modernity
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204, 
PHL 207
PHL 304
Phenomenology and Existentialism
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204
PHL 501
Philosophical Research I
3
0
3
ENG 1, 
ENG 2, 
ENG 3, 
ENG 4
SPN 2
Intermediate Spanish
3
0
3
SPN 1
TOTAL
 
21
0
21
 

First Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
PHL 104
Ethical Systems
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102
PHL 210
Chinese Philosophy
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204
PHL 306
American Philosophy
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204
PHL 307
Dialectical Materialism
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204, 
PHL 207
PHL 401
Philosophy Seminar Course I
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204
PHL 502
Philosophical Research II: Thesis Proposal Writing
2
0
2
 
PHL FL
Foreign Language
3
0
3
 
TOTAL
 
20
0
20
 

Second Term
Abbreviation
Description
Lec. Hrs.
Lab. Hrs.
Units
Pre-Requisites
PHL 208
Philosophy of Science
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204
PHL 305
From Hermeneutics to Deconstruction
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204, 
PHL 207
PHL 308
German and French Critical Theory
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204, 
PHL 207, 
PHL 209, 
PHL 303, 
PHL 304, 
PHL 306
PHL 309
Philosophy of History
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204, 
PHL 303
PHL 402
Philosophy Seminar Course II
3
0
3
PHL 1/101, 
PHL 103, 
PHL 2/102, 
PHL 201, 
PHL 202, 
PHL 203, 
PHL 204
PHL 503
Philosophical Research III: Thesis Writing and Defense
1
0
1
 
SCL 9
Marriage and Family
3
0
3
 
TOTAL
 
19
0
19
 

Program Policies

Policies of the Faculty of Arts and Letters

Please be guided with regard to the policies of the Faculty of Arts and Letters for its students (Academic Policies.pdf).

Code of Conduct (PPS 1027)

The University of Santo Tomas is the second home of the Thomasian students. Its task is mainly to inform and improve the students’ character, attitude and moral values, as well as to develop their intellectual, physical and psychological fitness. A proper norm of conduct is designed to inculcate these ideals.

Thomasian students are hereby expected, in the exercise of their rights and performance of their obligations, whether inside or outside the campus, to respect and act in accordance with the principles, traditions and ideals that are authentically Filipino and Catholic. They must abide by the rules of conduct and discipline formulated by the University. By faithfully observing such rules, they will internalize and cherish the core values of competence, compassion, and commitment.

This Code of Conduct applies to all students who have officially enrolled and to the students who have not been issued transfer of credentials by UST, nor separated from academic relations within the University.

Thomasian students must always observe the positive values upheld by the University intended to improve their character and attitude, as well as inculcate good behavior and moral self-discipline.

The students must always comply with the following rules at all times, even when they are outside the campus, especially when they are wearing the prescribed uniform of their Faculty/College/Institute/School.

Honesty

Students must behave honestly and with integrity in accordance with UST’s Catholic and Dominican teachings which put high premium on the practice of honesty, truth-telling, truth-seeking and truth-doing. They should not engage in any form of dishonesty, directly or indirectly, nor facilitate or aid in the commission of thereof. They should report to the authorities any suspected dishonest activity by any party.

Courtesy

Students must, at all times, be courteous and respectful to others. Courtesy is an act of respect towards another in recognition of the fundamental human dignity. It creates a climate of goodwill and fellowship.

Diligence

Students must honor their family and the University by being diligent in their studies. They should have a natural thirst for knowledge and view their attendance in the University as an opportunity to learn and grow holistically. They must be punctual; must be present in their classes and participate in school-initiated activities; and must be prepared for their lessons, out-of-class tasks, and assessments.

Decency and Modesty

Students must give, at all times, act with proper decorum and etiquette. They shall not engage in indecent or lewd conduct which contrary to the mores of Catholic behavior and morality.

Students shall not use foul, vulgar, or rough language in conversations and communications.

The University upholds the sanctity of human life, as well as the sanctity of the conjugal act within marriage. In case a student gets pregnant out of wedlock, she must inform and seek the help of the SWDC, Guidance Counselor, and Father Regent for emotional support, counseling, and spiritual direction. To give the student adequate time and space to prepare for her the challenges and responsibility of parenthood and to take care of herself and the child, she will take a leave of absence from school two months before and two months after the delivery of the child.

In case the father of the child is a Thomasian student, he and his parents will be advised to participate in the guidance, counseling, and spiritual direction of both students and their child.

Good grooming includes the wearing of the prescribed uniform, the authorized shoes, the ID, the male haircut, and other considerations that are similar to these.

THE PRESCRIBED UNIFORMS

There are three classifications of prescribed uniforms. As a general rule, if students are in doubt, they are advised to wear their Type A uniform.

TYPE A – for regular schooldays and formal University Events (e.g., accreditation, St. Thomas More Lecture, Major Exams)

For Females:

  • Official white blouse with lambda; Official A-line navy blue skirt; Black closed shoes

For Males:

  • Official polo barong; Black slacks (not jeans, not skinny); Plain white undershirt (no big colored prints); black closed shoes (leather is preferred; no rubber shoes)

 

 

TYPE B – worn during:

  • First Term: as announced (only for 2nd year and higher levels)
  • Second to Third Terms: from the day after Ash Wednesday until the end of the term (for all levels)

 

  • Official Type B shirt of the Faculty of Arts and Letters; Prescribed Jeans; Closed Shoes

 

TYPE C – Tiger Day Attire – worn on days specified by the Office of the Secretary-General

  • Black / Yellow / White / Combination of Black, Yellow, White / Tigerprint Shirt or Blouse; Prescribed Jeans; Closed Shoes
  • If the Tiger Day is specifically announced as Yellow Day, students are to wear a yellow shirt.

 

CIVILIAN ATTIRE

Given the implementation of online learning, students are reminded to wear modest clothes during Online Sessions.

The following are generally not allowed:

  • micro-mini skirts (three inches or more from the kneecaps); short shorts; cycling pants; tube; sleeveless; plunging neckline / see-though blouses; halter tops; backless tops; tank tops; leggings; sandos; sleeveless jerseys; slippers

 

Hair Style / Hair Color

Students’ hair style should be clean, combed, and neatly trimmed or fixed. Unconventional hair colors are not permitted. Male students are not allowed to sport long hair. Hair should not touch the collar or neckline of the uniform. The use of hairpins, pony tails, headbands, and the like by male students is likewise not allowed.

In compliance with Memorandum S006-00-ME21 (AY 2019-2020) released by the Office of the Secretary-General, manifesting the clarification on the item stipulated in the Student Handbook 2018, Item 4 (which discusses about hair style/ color under the heading Good Grooming of the PPS 1027 Code of Conduct), specifically on the term unconventional hair colors, all are enjoined, as necessary to limit their hair color to the following color spectrum: from Level 1 (Darkest Black) to Level 5 (Dark Brown).

For your reference, please go to this link: http://bit.ly/2Va6SPo

In particular cases when there is a need for a different hair color, for purposes of employment, theatrical plays, and other school-related requirements, a permit must be secured from the Office of the Student Welfare and Development Council.

Upon submission of the necessary requirements, the student will be issued a temporary pass which contains, among others, the period that he/she is allowed to have the hair color that is not within the above-mentioned spectrum.

 

TATTOO / BODY PIERCINGS / EARRINGS

Tattoo and unusual body piercing are strictly prohibited. Male students are not allowed to wear earrings and other accessories ordinarily used by females.

Students must wear the official University identification card at all times within the University premises. Loss of the identification card must be reported immediately to the local Student Welfare and Development Coordinator (SWDC).

The students shall join or form only student organizations whose objectives uphold the vision and mission of the University. Students shall join only organizations duly recognized by the University.The students shall join or form only student organizations whose objectives uphold the vision and mission of the University. Students shall join only organizations duly recognized by the University.

University-wide Fraternities/Sororities are prohibited from recruiting high school students and first-year students in the undergraduate programs. Fraternities and sororities of the Faculty of Civil Law and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery are prohibited from recruiting members from students in the undergraduate program(s).

Duly recognized organizations may recruit members only during the period as prescribed by the OSA for the university wide or the Dean’s office of the College/Faculty/Institute for college-based organization.  Duly recognized organizations may recruit members only during the period as prescribed by the OSA for the university wide or the Dean’s office of the College/Faculty/Institute for college-based organization.

Parents/guardians shall be informed by the organization through its adviser about participation of his/her child/ward in fraternities/sororities.

Every student organization must submit the required application paper for recognition (Refer to the Student Organization Handbook) and financial statements prepared by the organization’s treasure and auditor certified by the faculty adviser of the organization, endorsed by the Dean/Director, and Regent.

Only duly recognized student organizations may organize and/or engage in any approved group activity. The organization should follow the University’s policies on Approval of Student Activities.

Students shall not use the name “University of Santo Tomas,” its seal and official logo, in any activity (i.e. fair, seminar, field trip, tour, contract, announcement, etc.) or on any manufactured item, unless duly authorized by the Office of the Secretary-General. Students shall not use the name “University of Santo Tomas,” its seal and official logo, in any activity (i.e. fair, seminar, field trip, tour, contract, announcement, etc.) or on any manufactured item, unless duly authorized by the Office of the Secretary-General.

Organizations are prohibited from engaging in hazing (any physical or psychological suffering, harm or injury) inflicted on a recruit, member, neophyte or applicant for admission or continuing membership into the fraternity, sorority or organization.

Only duly recognized student organizations may post announcements at designated bulletin boards within the premises of their respective faculties/colleges/institutes/schools subject to the approval of the Dean and Regent. However, the approval of the Office of the Secretary-General (OSG) should be obtained for posters, streamers, signboards that will be displayed or put up only at designated bulletin boards within the University premises.

Only duly recognized student organizations may use the faculties of the University but only upon prior approval of the OSA, Office of the Dean/Director, Facilities Management Office (FMO) as the case may be.Only duly recognized student organizations may use the faculties of the University but only upon prior approval of the OSA, Office of the Dean/Director, Facilities Management Office (FMO) as the case may be.

An organization shall not be allowed to operate nor join any activity, including freshmen orientation, after the expiration of its recognition.

Organization(s)/officer(s)/member(s) with on-going administrative case(s) or with penalties of suspension to expulsion shall not be allowed to take part in any organization related activity.

  • Students must give due regard to the rules and regulations formulated and implemented by the University authorities to ensure that peace and order may prevail.

    Student shall not impede, obstruct, prevent or defeat the right of a faculty member to teach his/her course or the right to attend his/her classes or any official activity.

    Students shall behave properly at all times, refrain from making unnecessary noise and avoid loitering along corridors especially when classes are on-going. Students are allowed, when necessary, to stay in the campus only until 9:30 p.m. except during University activities.

    Students shall observe University traffic rules and regulations.

    Students are prohibited from using electronic and communication devices during regular class hours and most especially during examinations unless authorized by the faculty member. Students are prohibited from using electronic and communication devices during regular class hours and most especially during examinations unless authorized by the faculty member.

    Students shall not bring, carry or possess any deadly weapon/s inside or outside the campus; shall not engage or get involved in any violence; shall not threaten, bully, or inflict physical or psychological harm/suffering/injury on any person whether inside or outside the campus; and in general, shall not commit any illegal act or wrongdoing.

    Students shall not use or be in possession of any substance prohibited under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act 2002 (Republic Act 9165). Students shall not use or be in possession of any substance prohibited under the Comprehensive Dangerous Drug Act 2002 (Republic Act 9165).

    All first-year students are required to submit themselves to drug testing as a condition precedent for their admission to the University. All other students of higher years may randomly be required to submit themselves to drug testing. Drug testing shall be conducted by the UST Health Service.

Students must actively participate in keeping the campus clean and in preventing pollution or other environment degradation. Thus, they are enjoined to design programs, projects and activities adhering to Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment (Laudato Si).

The leaders or organizers of the student assembly/activity shall be responsible for the upkeep of the venue, before, during and immediately after the event.

For Parents

  • Let children facilitate their own transactions with the University.
  • Let children directly correspond with their professors.
  • Ask your children for updates on the recent circulars released by the University/Faculty.
  • Class suspensions are officially announced by the government or the University through mainstream media sources. (TV, radio, internet). 
  • Request your child to arrange/schedule our appointments with the Dean’s Office or other University offices on our behalf, and ahead of time. Otherwise, call the Dean’s Office or email local SWDC (swdb.artlets@gmail.com).
  • Let us help each other in teaching our children to become responsible adults. 

Program Recognitions

CHEd Center of Excellence
Center of Excellence (COE) refers to a department within a higher education institution, which continuously demonstrates excellent performance in the areas of instruction, research and publication, extension and linkages and institutional qualifications.

PACUCOA Level IV Accreditation (The Highest)
These are the programs that are highly respected in the Philippines and with prestige and authority comparable with excellence foreign universities. They are granted full autonomy for the program.

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