COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
The College of Arts and Sciences is one of the Colleges created in the Catanduanes State Colleges (CSC) when Republic Act No. 6341 was passed by Congress in 1971. R.A. 6341 converted the Virac National Agricultural and Trade School into Catanduanes State Colleges on June 19, 1971. On November 17, 1971, the Board of Trustees of the CSC with Acting Secretary of Education Juan L. Manuel as Chairman approved Board Resolution No. 1, s. 1971, organizing the Board of Trustees of the Catanduanes State Colleges in accordance with Section 5 of Republic Act 6341, and Board Resolution No. 2, s. 1971, noting the conversion of the Virac National Agricultural and Trade School in the Municipality of Virac, Catanduanes into a College to be known as the Catanduanes State Colleges pursuant to Section 1 of Republic Act 6341.
On August 2, 1972, R.A. No. 6590 was passed by the Senate providing for additional courses to be offered at the CSC and the Bachelor of Arts program in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) was included among others. There are three major fields of specialization offered namely: Political Science, Economics and English with 88 enrollees, 57 are males and 31 females.
The College was established to improve the foundation of the liberal education courses; to take charge of the studies on humanities, social sciences, sciences, mathematics and languages; and to assist other colleges in coordinating their courses of studies with the basic disciplines of general education. Upon the establishment of CAS, a full time Dean was appointed with ten (10) faculty members.
In 1985, the Board of Trustees of the Catanduanes State Colleges pursuant to Board Resolution No. 3-B, s. 1985 approved the offering of the Course Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics (BSND) under the College of Arts and Sciences effective SY 1981-1982. The curriculum contained in MECS ORDER No. 16, s. 1981 was adopted. Likewise in 1985, Board Resolution No. 28, s. 1985 revised the curriculum in Economics and Political Science and offered a new field of specialization in Bachelor of Arts which is Public Administration. English as a major course was already phased out. The Curriculum for those three majors was again revised in 1994 pursuant to Board Resolution No. 23, s. 1994. In 1999 the same curriculum was revised effective School year 1999-2000.
Amidst the current conditions of science education to the changing scenario of Science and Technology in the Philippine Society the College of Arts and Sciences through the Natural Science Department proposed to offer a new degree program leading to Bachelor of Science in Biology and this was finally approved by the CSC Board of Trustees pursuant to Board Resolution No. 7, s. 1994 effective SY 1994-1995.
In 1996, the College of Arts and Sciences offering was expanded to include the Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and this was approved by the CSC Board of Trustees pursuant to Board Resolution No. 19, s. 1996, and took effect SY 1997-1998.
Effective SY 2014-2015, the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science was offered at the College of Arts and Sciences after CHED approval in June 17, 2013 and the CSU Board of Regents pursuant to Board Resolution No. 12, s. 2014.
The first Bachelor of Arts degree conferred by the College of Arts and Sciences were those major in Political Science, Economics and English in 1976; majors in Public Administration in 1986; and Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics in 1985 with 44 % passing in the National Board Exam in Nutritionist and Dietitians.
Selective admission to various curricular offerings of the College of Arts and Sciences has been made possible through the Entrance Examination conducted by the Catanduanes State Colleges Guidance and Testing Office aside from the general average of 80% in High School.
With the issuance of Office Order No. 184, s. 2008 transferring Filipino and Physical Education Departments to the College, consequently, six departments comprise now the College of Arts and Sciences. Each of the following departments is headed by a department chairperson who assists the Dean of the College in the supervision of instruction.
Natural Science Department
Physical Education Department
Social Sciences Department
Such transfer is a response to basic AACCUP accreditors’ recommendation. To date, a total of sixty (60) faculty members and four (4) support staff constitute the CAS Family.
The Dean is also assisted by the Department Chairpersons in implementing the programs of the college and in carrying out its activities geared towards attaining excellence in instruction, research, extension and production.
Of the 60 faculty members, 25 are males and 35 are females. There are 15 faculty members who have earned doctoral degree; 11 are master’s degree holders with doctoral units; 12 are master’s degree holder, 19 are bachelor’s degree holders with units in master’s degree and 3 are now at the state of candidacy for the master’s degree.
The Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics program was transferred to the College of Health Sciences with the issuance of Office Order No. 36, s. 2009 dated March 23, 2009 pursuant to Board Resolution No. 52, s. 2007.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers programs that prepare the students for responsible leadership enabling them to realize their full potentials to effect positive change in themselves and the environment for the common good.
CAS aims to produce graduates of its degree programs (economic, political science, public administration, biology, mathematics, environmental science) who are equipped with the competencies in both theoretical and practical knowledge. It also aims to produce professionals who are employable locally and abroad, and become active participants in the socio-economic development of the province/region/nation/world.
In consonance with the mission and vision of the Colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences came up with the following specific objectives.
1. Provide a general education that is appropriate and relevant for the students to become productive and well-rounded citizens.
2. Offer broad theoretical and practical knowledge that will sharpen student’s ability to think investigate and analyze social issues and problems critically and express them convincingly.
3. Develop high deals, desirable attitudes and habits for personal improvement, with a sense of national identity, cultural consciousness, moral integrity and spiritual vigor.
4. Promote scientific consciousness and develop relevant expertise and competence in the field of specialization, necessary for future employment and as a foundation in the pursuit of higher courses such as law, medicine, and others.
5. Encourage research for the improvement and adaptability of the arts and sciences curricula to the needs of our society and to the national goals for socio-economic development.
6. Conduct community extension services to promote socio-economic status of out-of-school individuals.
7. Encourage productivity along its different programs in order to address and respond to the existing demands of its clientele and environment.
List of Courses
- Master of Public Administration
- Diploma in Public Administration
- Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
- Bachelor of Public Administration
- Bachelor of Science in Biology
- Bachelor of Science in Economics
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
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