The Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (Area Studies) is a multi and trans-disciplinary program that studies specific geographical and cultural areas, in particular the Philippines and Asia, utilizing the different social science disciplines of history, politics, economics, geography, anthropology and sociology. It employs a multidisciplinary approach using the various theories, methodologies and approaches to the study of the social sciences. It requires a comprehensive but integrative perspective in the study of the history, geography, politics, economy, culture and society of the Philippines and Asia within the context of current world developments.
The program prepares the students for careers in teaching, research, policy studies, advocacy works, and employment in NGO, government and private offices, and in civil society sector. It is also a very good preparation for law school and graduate in any field of the social sciences. With its extensive social science preparation and basic knowledge of a non-English foreign language, the degree also serves as an excellent preparation for a career in the diplomatic service or in a multi-cultural work environment.
A minimum of 145 units is required to graduate in the program.