Philosophy and Religious Studies

Department of Philosophy and Religious Education
Philosophy Section
Religious Education Section

Overview of the Department

The University of San Carlos Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies , Philosophy Section,  offers one undergraduate program (Bachelor of Philosophy, Ph.B.) and three graduate programs (Master of Arts in Philosophy, M.A. Phil.; Master of Philosophy, M.Phil.; and Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy, Ph.D. Phil.).

For more information, please call the Office of the Chair at (+63 32) 344 3801 local 311-314.

The Philosophy Section has been established as an integral part of the College of Arts and Sciences, which provides liberal education as the foundation for the formation of professionals dedicated to regional and national development as well as human advancement. As such, the Philosophy Section is committed to do its part in fulfilling the mission of the University and attaining the goals of the College.

In 1953, the Department of Philosophy, now the Philosophy Section, first offered the degree of Bachelor of Arts Major in Philosophy (AB Philo). To enhance and improve the course offerings, in 1956 it offered the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy (Ph.B). To serve its graduates the Department had to offer graduate degree programs Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA Philo) in 1956 and a post-graduate degree program Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy (Ph.D. Philo) in 1960.

Aims & Objectives
The Philosophy Section of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies has the following aims:

  1. To promote and cultivate the habits of free inquiry and critical learning by providing philosophical dimension to the student’s education through its service and major courses and quality researches that would serve the Philippines in general and the Visayas and Mindanao in particular.
  2. To contribute to the total formation of a morally intelligent and responsible professional and to help in the shaping of a socially aware and responsive citizen, by providing in all its philosophy courses an atmosphere that facilitates the assimilation of knowledge and values relevant to one’s life-situation.
  3. To prepare the philosophy majors in the practice of their future profession by training them in the Aristotelian-Thomistic tradition as a starting point for a more profound and extensive study of other philosophical orientations.
  4. To promote the total development of its faculty by providing them with opportunities to participate in relevant conferences or seminar-workshops, to pursue graduate and interdisciplinary studies and undertake researches for curriculum development, and to get involved in meaningful community outreach projects.
  5. To facilitate the continued professional growth of its alumni and the philosophy teachers in Southern Philippines through Conferences and Conventions initiated by PHAVISMINDA  (Philosophical Association of the Visayas and Mindanao), an association it has founded in 1979.
  6. To publish the PHAVISMINDA Journal, the official journal of the USC Philosophy Department and the PHAVISMINDA.

Brief History

It is arguable that philosophy at the University of San Carlos, the oldest educational institution in the country, is as old as the institution itself, considering its original raison d’etre as a training seminary for clerical candidates.

In 1935, when the secular school separated from the seminary as Colegio de San Carlos under the administration of the Society of Divine Word (SVD), philosophy continued to be a part of the curriculum until the Department was established in 1956.

Except for a three-year war-time interruption, the Department of Philosophy remained robust until today— the premier institution in the region offering a complete program of philosophy from Ph.B, M. A. to Ph.D.