Level III FAAP-accredited undergraduate programs evaluated by PAASCU

Level II FAAP-accredited graduate programs evaluated by PAASCU


Starting with the teaching of Latin, French, and Greek back in 1891, languages have always been a part of USC education. In the post-WWII period, Cebuano writer and poet Cornelio Faigao served as chair of the Department of English which was established in response to the needs of Filipinos, especially secretaries and office staff, who required excellent communication skills during the American period. Initially, a two-year secretarial program with English training was offered and later a four-year Bachelor of Arts in English was developed. Fr. John Vogelgesang, SVD, M.A. introduced a concentration in literature during his tenure as chair in the 1950s, while the next decade saw the offering of Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESL) and the creation of the Language, Speech and Drama, and Literature sections within the department.

The merger of the national and international languages departments led to the establishment of the Department of Languages and Literature, which expanded foreign language courses to French, German, Mandarin, and Nihonggo in the 1990s. Two master’s programs, namely 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. The addition of an A.B. Communications program with majors in Media and Corporate Communications transformed the department into its current setup as the 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
Email [email protected]

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
Bachelor of Arts in English Language Studies

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.

Student life

The Societas Lingua Artes (SOLARES) is the official co-curricular organization of the students in the department. Formerly known as the English Major’s Association (EMA), the organization offers programs that address the students’ teaching-learning and research needs as well as community extension services. Smaller co-curricular organizations under SOLARES also exist to cater to specific needs of the students in their respective degree programs, namely: Society of Language Enthusiasts (SOLE) for Linguistics majors, Pulong sa mga Alagad sa Obra for Literature majors, and Carolinian Communication Society (CCS) for Communications majors. Students also manage their own website (www.morethanwords.ph), which features recent activities and showcase original creative works.