Department of Communication, Language and Literature

Level III FAAP-accredited undergraduate programs
evaluated by PAASCU

Level II FAAP-accredited graduate programs
evaluated by PAASCU

FAAP Level III accreditation
by PAASCU evaluation

FAAP Level III accreditation
by PAASCU evaluation





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Starting with an initial offering of a two-year secretarial program with English training and chaired by Cebuano writer and poet Cornelio Faigao, the Department of English was established in response to the needs of Filipinos, especially secretaries and office staff, who required excellent communication skills during the American period. Expanding into a four-year Secretarial Science program (later transferred to the then College of Commerce), the Department eventually developed a Bachelor of Arts in English curriculum after World War II. Fr. John Vogelgesang, SVD, M.A. introduced a concentration in literature during his tenure as chair in the 1950s, while Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL, later transferred to the then College of Education) was offered in the 1960s. At this time, three sections namely Language, Speech and Drama, and Literature existed within the Department.

Filipinization in the 1970s and the merger of the national and international languages departments in the 1990s led to the creation of the Department of Languages and Literature even as foreign language courses including French, German, Mandarin, and Nihonggo remained in the curriculum. Two master's programs, a Master of Arts in English Language Teaching and a Master of Arts in Literature, were offered in the 1990s until revisions in the curriculum transformed the department's flagship programs into a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Literature (later separated into A.B. Applied Linguistics and A.B. Literature) and a corresponding Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics in the early 2000s. Addition of an A.B. Communications program with majors in Media and Corporate Communications transformed the department into its current setup as a Department of Communications, Linguistics, and Literature.

For more information, contact:

The Chair, Department of Communications, Linguistics, and Literature
University of San Carlos
Room PE14TC, Philip van Engelen Building
Talamban Campus, Nasipit, Cebu City 6000
Trunkline +63 32 230 0100 local 143

Programs Offered

The Department of Communications, Linguistics, and Literature offers two graduate programs (Level II FAAP-accredited through PAASCU evaluation) and three undergraduate programs (Level III FAAP-accredited through PAASCU evaluation).
Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics
Master of Arts in Literature
Bachelor of Arts in Communication, major in Media or Corporate Communication
Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics
Bachelor of Arts in Literature

Career Tracks

Graduates have a choice of varied professions covering a wide range of disciplines. Many have become professors and instructors in universities in and outside Cebu, while ESL academies offer a great option with the influx of foreign students requiring professional language training. Extensive language and speech training make our graduates excel in the legal profession. Media outlets also employ our graduates, while others have ventured into aviation, business and banking, real estate, publishing, and business process outsourcing.


Enriching learning and offering opportunities to students, the Department has established linkages with the Japan Foundation and Alliance Francais, as well as broadcasting companies and stations including Word Broadcasting Corporation, ABS-CBN, dyAB, CCTN, dyRF, dyRC, Y101, and dyLA.

Facilities and Equipment

Speech laboratories in the Talamban and Downtown campuses boast state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment for speech classes and research data analysis in linguistics studies. Both dyRF and dyDW 89.1 Power FM are extension laboratories of Communications students while computer laboratories of the Department of Computer and Information Science allow students to engage in online communication, editorial management, and newspaper design.