The UE College of Liberal Arts was organized in 1948 when UE was still the Philippine College of Commerce and Business Administration − with Dr. Jose Ma. Hernandez as its first Dean − and became fully operative in 1949 with a faculty contingent of 65 and an enrollment of 309 students. The College received official government recognition and produced its first Associate in Arts graduate in 1950. When the PCCBA attained University status and became UE, the College took on the additional function of serving the general education needs of the other units. By 1952, the College was producing graduates of a four-year course. The College was renamed College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in the 1970s, when it started offering Bachelor of Science degree programs.
The Deans who succeeded Dr. Hernandez were Dr. Conrado P. Aquino, who eventually became UE President; Dr. Maximo Ramos; Dr. Socorro C. Espiritu; Dr. Herminia M. Barcelona, who was later appointed Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Rosario Lamug, who also succeeded Dr. Barcelona as Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dr. Gonzalo Lavarias; and Dean Carmelita S. Flores.
When the Caloocan Campus became academically autonomous, the extension unit of the College became a separate College of Arts and Sciences. CAS Caloocan’s first Dean was Dr. Juanito C. Diaz, followed by Dr. Julieta B. Samonte. Later on, CAS Manila Dean Carmelita S. Flores acted as concurrent CAS Caloocan Dean until Dr. Corazon G. Esclabanan took over as CAS Caloocan Dean. In 1996, Dr. Teresita E. Erestain became CAS Caloocan Dean until her retirement in June 2003, when she was replaced by Dean Eleanor R. Javier.
Today, the College of Arts and Sciences is not just a service college. CAS Manila offers four-year degree programs with majors in Broadcast Communication, Journalism, English, International Studies, Political Science, Legal Management, Biology, Mathematics, Psychology, Library and Information Science, and Hotel and Restaurant Management. It was accredited to level II status by the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation (PACUCOA).
CAS Caloocan offers the Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts program, Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management and Certificate in Security Management. CAS Caloocan also handles the Elementary and High School Department (EHSD), through which the Caloocan Campus offers Elementary and Secondary Education.
The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to the harmonious development of the total person. It believes with John Stuart Mills that “men are men before they are lawyers, or physicians, or manufacturers, and if [they are made] capable and sensible men they will make themselves capable and sensible lawyers or physicians”. The CAS believes that a solid base in the arts and sciences, with knowledge and training that will develop and expand to the fullest a student’s intellectual, spiritual, moral, artistic and physical powers, is the best preparation that a student can bring to whatever professional endeavor he may decide later on. The CAS supports its belief in the interrelationship between the liberal and technical fields through its course offerings, through its methods, and most especially in the spirit with which it imbues its operation.
The CAS subscribes to the belief that education contributes to the realization of national development goals by helping the country develop its human resources, i.e., by producing individuals with the desire for national destiny, political freedom, participation stability, and that education contributes to the safeguarding of the security and liberties of the state.
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