The Department of Political Science was established on December 10, 1970 under what was then the College of Liberal Arts. From the 1990s to 2010, the Department solidified its pre-law orientation under the College of Arts and Sciences. At present, the Department is a leading social science program under the School of Law and Governance.
The curricular evolution of the Department has been filled with breakthroughs that catered to the evolving needs of the community. In 2004, the Department offered a non-thesis Master in Political Science program. In 2008, the Department paved the way for a 10-month intensive, non-thesis, and ladderized Master in Public Management and Development program. The following year, the Department was one of the first in the Philippines to institutionalize a tracking system for its Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program. It allowed students to specialize in Political Theory and Systems, Public Management and Development, International Relations and Foreign Service, and Law and Policy Studies.
In 2014, the Department transitioned its non-thesis graduate programs into academic-track and thesis programs, i.e., Master of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Public Management and Development. In 2018, the Department revitalized its undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Political Science program with specialization options for students upon reaching their third year. Students can now choose between two majors, i.e., in Law and Policy Studies and in International Relations and Foreign Service.
Today, the Department adopts an outcomes-based and competency-based lifelong learning framework. Students shall have the thinking, attitudinal, and behavioral competencies with ethical and humanist orientation. Students shall also have the confidence in utilizing and applying the knowledge of the various frameworks of Political Science in their professional life.
The Department is guided by its institutional graduate outcome, i.e., A Carolinian Political Science graduate is an evidence-based lifelong learner steering governance.
For more information, please contact:
The Chair, Department of Political Science
School of Law and Governance
University of San Carlos
Downtown Campus, P. del Rosario St., Cebu City 6000
Trunkline: +63 32 230 0100 local 578
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USCPoliticalScience
Master of Arts in Political Science
Master of Arts in Public Management and Development
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Upon reaching third year, students will have to take a tracking qualifying assessment to guide them in choosing either one of these two academic specializations:
B.A. PoSc. major in Law and Policy Studies
B.A. PoSc. major in International Relations and Foreign Service
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science major in International Relations and Foreign Service builds competencies for local government service (protocol officers, policy researchers), national government service (monitoring and evaluation officers, policy researchers), foreign service (staff and officers in diplomatic and consular offices, protocol officers), academe (professors, political analysts, policy researchers, parliamentarians, governance experts/consultants, legal professionals), and civil society (development workers, advocacy officers, media practitioners, lobbyists).
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science major in Law and Policy Studies builds competencies for local government service (planning and social service officers, policy researchers, LGU administrations, local legislative staff and specialists), national government service (program implementation officers, monitoring and evaluation officers, policy researchers), academe (professors, political analysts, policy researchers, parliamentarians, governance experts/consultants, legal professionals), and civil society (legal aides, media practitioners, lobbyists).
Master of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in Public Management and Development enable mastery on a specialized field of study, sharpen comprehensive skills set needed in steering governance, and develop confidence for leadership positions in the academe, civil society, research institutions, government service, and other practice of profession.
The Department has been in collaboration with the following partners in pursuing relevant and transformative programs, projects, and teaching-learning activities with the students and communities.
Higher Educational Institutions
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, Malaysia
Innsbruck University, Austria
Ateneo de Manila University School of Government
Non-government organizations, civil society organizations
Ramon Aboitiz Foundation, Inc.
Cebu Leads Foundation, Inc.
Cebu-Citizens Involvement and Maturation for Peoples Empowerment and Liberation (C-CIMPEL)
World Vision Development Foundation, Inc.
World Vision International-Asia Pacific
Kinder Fluff, Inc.
Sectoral Transparency Alliance on Natural Resource Governance Cebu (STANCe)
SVD PHS Mission Office
Justice, Peace, Integrity of Creation (JPIC)-Integrated Development Center, Inc.
Konrad Adenauer Stiftung-Philippines
Department of Interior and Local Government-Region 7
Department of Interior and Local Government-Cebu City
Commission on Elections-Region 7
National Economic and Development Authority-Region 7
Department of Social Welfare and Development-Region 7
The Carolinian Political Science Society (CPSS) is the official co-curricular student organization of the Department of Political Science. It embodies the principles of democracy and republicanism in the promotion of holistic development among its members. IT is also the mother organization of IRFS-CCYD, LPS, Campus Integrity Crusaders, CPSS Debate Club, CPSS Volunteer Group, and The Scire.
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- Medina, Amylene S.Assistant Instructor
- Garcia, Julia C.Assistant Instructor
- Olayvar, Joeddin Niño D.Assistant Instructor
- Abrenica, Brenette L.Assistant ProfessorDirector | Office of External Relations and Internationalization
- Boncayao, Ferdinand S.DirectorFull InstructorScholarships and Job PlacementUSC Alumni
- Camiguing, Philip C.Assistant Instructor
- Conales, Kay S.Full Instructor
Magalzo-Bualat, Grace C.Assistant Professor
Director | Office of General Education and Mission
- Esmeralda, Lalaine S.Assistant Instructor
- Fajardo, Fernando C.Assistant Professor
- Guantero, Cornelio B.Assistant Instructor
- Lagat, Melissa C.Assistant Instructor
- Lakibul, Rejene T.Assistant ProfessorChair
- Lerios, Edmar D.Full Instructor
- Opada, Mark Philipp H.Assistant Instructor
- Satuita, Enriquito T.Full Instructor
- Sayson, Jiah L.Associate Professor
- De la Victoria, Owen O.Coordinator | TCW LWR RPH PCFull Instructor
- Villaruel, Arra Katrina C.Full Instructor