Bachelor of Arts (History) Program

The Bachelor of Arts (History) program is a four-year undergraduate course that requires 141 course units. The diversity of courses ranges from subjects in the Philippines, Asian, American, European history, and historiography. Aside from the basic training students receive in Spanish language, they are also exposed to other disciplines relevant to their fields of interest. Graduates of the program are expected to be equipped with the adequate and necessary training in historical methodology and to prepare them for teaching, research, or employment in institutions and agencies devoted to the advancement of scholarship in the fields of history and cultural studies. Eventually, they enter the fields of education, law, foreign service, research, journalism, tourism, and heritage conservation.

The Department adopts a progressive approach by requiring students to pass first the foundational courses) before being given the opportunity to enroll in the specialized higher-level History courses. For example, a History course like Kas 10 (Introduction to History) must be taken and successfully completed before students could enroll in higher historiography courses such as Kas 195 (Historical Methods), Kas 196 (World Historiography), Kas 197 (Philippine Historiography), Kas 198 (Selected Topics in Historiography), and Kas 199 (The History Research Paper). Therefore, the courses in the curriculum are designed in a structured and logical way, and therefore enable learners to make connections between the new knowledge presented and their prior knowledge and experiences. Furthermore, students can choose their desired cognate or elective courses (can be taken from any discipline), which prepares them for their thesis work by providing them with experience within that field of study. In addition, a student also has the option to choose which History courses to take per semester, provided they had passed the pre-requisite courses and they abide with prescribed curricular rules. 

The students also have the freedom to choose their desired GE courses, provided that they meet the required number of units per domain: 15 units for Social Science and Philosophy, 15 units for Arts and Humanities and 6 units for Mathematics, Science and Technology. The GE courses enable the students to widen their intellectual and cultural perspective. Moreover, the flexibility of the curriculum through a balanced collection of subjects among the three domains enables the students to become aware of the current developments, emerging ideas and potential directions a field is progressing toward, in both the national and international setting.

B.A. History Program of Study

*36 units of General Education (G.E.) courses

*48 units of core history courses

*27 units history electives

*15 units of cognate courses – 

*15 units of Other required courses


B.A. History Program Course Catalog

G.E. Courses:

  • Kas 1 Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas
  • Kas 2 Ang Asya at ang Daigdig


Higher Kasaysayan Courses:

  • Kas 10 Introduction to History
  • Kas 100 Introduction to World Civilizations – The development of world civilizations from ancient times to the present with emphasis on the growth and influence of basic ideals and institutions which have shaped mankind and the chief political, economic, social, and cultural movements.
  • Kas 101 Ancient and Medieval History of Europe – Classical and medieval European history.
  • Kas 102 Modern Europe – Historical development of Europe from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
  • Kas 103 Europe in the 20th Century – Ideological, economic, and cultural forces and movements that influenced the development of Europe in the 20th century; rise of a new global order amid alternating periods of war and peace.
  • Kas 104 History of Spain – The historical development of Spain from the reign of King Charles I of the Hapsburg dynasty to 1898.
  • Kas 108 Selected Topics in European History
  • Kas 110 Colonial Philippines I – The Philippines under Spain.
  • Kas 111 Colonial Philippines II – The Philippines under US and Japan.
  • Kas 112 Contemporary Philippines
  • Kas 113 Economic History of the Philippines
  • Kas 114 Cultural History of the Philippines – The literary, artistic and intellectual history of the Philippines, from the Spanish period to the present.
  • Kas 115 Diplomatic History of the Philippines
  • Kas 116 Philippine Nationalism
  • Kas 117 Social History of the Philippines – History of everyday life in the country, including social units, institutions and social issues.
  • Kas 118 History of Women in the Philippines – Historical construction of the identity, role and impact of Filipino women.
  • Kas 119 Indigenous Ethnic History of the Philippines – History of selected major ethnolinguistic groups, their role in and contribution to national history.
  • Kas 120 Environmental History of the Philippines – Interaction between Filipinos and their physical environment over time; indigenous, colonial and modern discourses on the environment, natural disasters and related issues. 
  • Kas 128 Selected Topics in Philippine History
  • Kas 150 West Asia
  • Kas 151 Modern East Asia
  • Kas 152 Modern South Asia
  • Kas 153 History of Southeast Asia I 
  • Kas 154 History of Southeast Asia II
  • Kas 155 Development of Religions of Asia – Role and impact of religion on the historical development of Asian societies. 
  • Kas 156 Development of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Asia – Science, technology, and medicine as means of development, tools of conquest, as articulations of world view, and as networks of exchange within Asia and between Asia and the world.
  • Kas 158 Selected Topics in Asian History
  • Kas 160 Latin America: Pre-Columbian to 1821
  • Kas 161 Latin America: From 1821 to the Present
  • Kas 162 History of the United States I
  • Kas 163 History of the United States II
  • Kas 168 Selected Topics in the History of the Americas
  • Kas 195 Historical Methods – Epistemological and methodological evaluation of archival sources, with focus on primary sources on the Philippines; orality and oral techniques.
  • Kas 196 World Historiography – Perspectives and philosophies of history, approaches to and trends in the writing of history, in different periods and countries outside of the Philippines.
  • Kas 197 Philippine Historiography – Historiographic evaluation of historical works on the Philippines from the 16th century to the present.
  • Kas 198 Selected Topics in Historiography
  • Kas 199 The History Research Paper – Application of historical methods through the use of primary sources.