COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
The establishment of Lucban Community College, by virtue of Republic Act 3530 on June 14, 1968, also marked the opening of the School of Arts and Sciences.
In the same year, the Secretary of Education approved the offering of the first year of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Subsequently, on July 3, 1969, the director of public schools authorized the opening of the second year of Liberal Arts.
When the college was converted into the National College of Science and Technology on September 3, 1976, the following courses were offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Commerce.
On February 8, 1982, Batas Pambansa Blg. 145 was signed into law by President Ferdinand E. Marcos. The bill finally converted LNC into a State College, Southern Luzon Polytechnic College. In the following years, nine college programs were opened, headed by acting deans. Among them was the School of Arts and Sciences, which became the College of Arts and Sciences. It offered AB courses major in English, Mathematics, History, and Psychology, with Dr. Oscar V. Veluz as the first Dean.
From 1986-1987, the transition period, Dr. Bella R. Muello served as the officer-in-charge.
During the presidency of Dr. Ernesto M. de Chavez, Prof. Lucrecia M. Alivia served as dean from 1987-1990. Four departments were organized headed by a chairperson: Mathematics Department-Prof. Apolonia A. Espinosa; Science Department-Prof. Leonisa O. Bernardo; Language Department-Prof. Lea B. Radovan; and Social Sciences Department-Prof. Virginia S. Alcoreza.
Eventually, two courses, AB History and AB Psychology remained in the college for several years, with the phasing out of English and Mathematics since they were offered by the School of Education.
In the succeeding years, Prof. Apolonia A. Espinosa was designated dean from August 26, 1996 to August 26, 1999. Her administration gave birth to the Bachelor of Arts major in Public Administration (BAPA). The proposed program was approved by the SLPC Board of Trustees through BOT Resolution No. 221 series 1999 during its 61st regular meeting.
In August 27, 1999 to September 30, 2002, Dr. Oscar C. Veluz was again designated as dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. The offering of Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration was made effective on the first semester of AY 2000-2001. Three programs were approved during the Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees on April 20, 2001, which are as follows: BOT Resolution No. 303, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics minor in Statistics; BOT Resolution No. 304, Bachelor of Arts in Communication; and BOT Resolution No. 305, Bachelor of Science in Biology.
With the ensuing changes of SLPC presidents and deans, CAS has always managed to make its presence felt because of its role as a service college, with its faculty serving the other colleges through the implementation of the general education program.
The Bachelor of Arts in Communication course offerings were made effective on June 2001, while Bachelor of Science in Mathematics was on June 2002.
Prof. Emilia A. Mendoza was designated as the dean from October 1, 2002 to January 2, 2005. Her administration gave birth to the offering of Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Prof Leonisa O. Bernardo was designated Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences on January 3, 2005. She supported the four thrusts of the College-Instruction, Research, Extension and Production. Moreover, she envisioned CAS as the Center of Excellence in the University. This started the submission of the programs for AACCUP accreditation.
Dr. Bernardo also led the research and production of “Kay Ganda” soap in 2005, which marked the start of researches in the College of Arts and Sciences.
In January 2006, the new student center was built through the effort of Dr. Bernardo, in cooperation with “Samahan ng Magulang at Guro” and Councilor Sonny Venzuela. A proposal was formulated extending the student center for additional facilities, Psychology laboratory, and History Museum. The two facilities were constructed through the sponsorship of Dr. Roberto Licup, Sr. in the early part of 2008. Another facility, Microbiology Laboratory, was conceptualized in the latter part of 2006. The Microbiology Laboratory was established at the ground floor of the Hermano Pule Building in the second semester of 2006. In the same year, a Speech Laboratory at the Jose Rizal Building, was set up in cooperation with the Department of Languages, Literature and Humanities, which was eventually transferred at the third floor of Marcelo H. Del Pilar Building. Two new facilities, editing room and production room were put up at the 4th floor of Jose Rizal Building in the same year.
In 2007, faculty facilities as well as the Hamlet Hall were improved and rehabilitated. There was faculty development from 2006-2008 as seen in the increasing number of graduates and enrolled faculty members in the graduate and post graduate programs. One of them, Prof. Julieto Lindo received a Fulbright Scholarship in the University of North Carolina.
In 2008, expansion of programs lead to the utilization of additional facilities in Ayuti Campus by the BA Communication students.
Dr. Marissa C. Esperal took over as the dean of the college in 2012. In this particular period, the courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences were accredited for the following level of accreditation: Level 2 (BS Mathematics and BS Biology): Level 3 Phase 1 (BA Communication and BA Public Administration); and Level 3 Phase 2 (AB History and AB Psychology). Programs also started to attain the Certificate of Recognition from the Commission on Higher Education.
With the change of administration in 2015 under Dr. Milo O. Placino, Dr. Mari Jane A. Lee was designated as the new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. This is also when Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics was offered in 2012 in the college under Dr. Shiela M. Manzanilla as the program chair. On the other hand, Bachelor in Public Administration was transferred to the College of Business Administration due to the verticalization of the programs.
Facilities arise including the Communication Laboratory, which was put up at the 5th floor of the new College of Business Administration Building and the Psychology Laboratory was built beside the Jose Rizal Building.
The College of Arts and Sciences continuously purchase student center’s equipment and develop linkages for students and faculty exposures and trainings. This led to the Phase 2 accreditation of AB Communication and the submission for Level 4 accreditation of AB Psychology. Moreover, AB Psychology, BS Mathematics, BA Communication, BA History and BS Biology are now CHED recognized.
Faculty development was also encouraged through CHED scholarship grants, which led to a joint PhD university scholarship grant in the University of Hong Kong and King’s College, London (Prof. Nicanor L. Guinto), a Fulbright Scholarship in Michigan State University. Also, a research grant was awarded to Prof. Wilfredo Barrera by the ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship in India.
CAS plans of further expansions and development of its programs, profile and facilities to be at par with other colleges in the region, as well as in the national and international milieu.
1. Provide holistic development of students by making them understand and appreciate ways of knowing the self, environment, society, and the world
2. Give students opportunities to become mature and responsible persons with the values embodied in the University’s mission statement evident in their innovative and active response to the socio-cultural, psychological, and political challenges of the times
3. Enhance students’ appreciation of the arts and sciences to develop in them the passion for research and discovery of new knowledge in the service of the Filipino people, its ASEAN counterpart, and the international community.
4. Produce young professionals who are skilled and competent for jobs that involve training, testing, and research, and become professional practitioners in psychology and related disciplines
5. Produce effective mass media and communication professionals, and practitioners in allied fields who are capable of providing quality services to the community, the nation, and the rapidly changing world
6. Provide a wide variety of introductory and advanced courses that will introduce students to the ways in which historians recreate the past, and to build skills in historical analysis, writing and research
7. Provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable them to think critically and logically, convey mathematical concepts and solutions to real- world problem through research, exhibit positive attitude and values toward the discipline, and environment, and have an appropriate set of professional skills to ensure a productive career
8. Train students to become equipped and competent in the field of biology and related disciplines
9. Provide students with advanced knowledge and skills in finding and solving language-related issues and problems in society
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Bachelor of Arts in Communication
- Bachelor of Science in Biology
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics minor in Statistics
- Bachelor of Arts in History
- Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics