The Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (BASS) is currently offered as a ̳major-minor‘ curricular program where students choose a major from Economics, History, or Social Anthropology and a minor from Philosophy, Political Science, or Psychology. The major consists of 39 to 45 units while the minor consists of 24-27 units. Integral to the curriculum is a set of social science core courses totaling 19 units. These courses tackle approaches, perspectives, frameworks, and methodologies that are shared by the social science disciplines as well as those that distinguish them from one another. Specifically, the core courses are: a) Historical Context of the Social Sciences; b) Fundamental Statistics for the Social Sciences; c) Epistemological Issues in the Social Sciences; d) Ontology of the Social; e) Seminar on Social Science Methodology; and, f) Special Topics.

The BASS program was envisioned “to prepare students with a holistic understanding of social issues as they emerge in specific contexts of thought, norms and action, and with training in research, analysis and application as preparation for employment or further academic specialization”. The targeted jobs for this program were development work, project work, personnel management, policy, planning, and research.


1. Develop critical thinking about society;

2. Discuss the general history, common and distinguishing concepts, perspectives and methods of the Social Sciences; 

3. Explain social phenomena using social theory;

4. Conduct independent social research;

5. Demonstrate ethical Social Science practice; and

6. Commit to lifelong learning in their personal and professional lives.





Anthropology aims for holistic study of man and culture. It seeks to understand the complexity of human beings and societies–their variations, adaptive strategies, and changes across time and space. The program fosters your deeper appreciation of cultural diversity and trains you to do anthropological research with analytic and methodological rigor.


Economics integrates a social science perspective that puts forth a holistic and humanistic, rather than a merely technical view of economic issues. It intends to produce graduates who possess fundamental skills in economic analysis. The program will cultivate a general familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context of economic behavior.


History studies the human past. Complex changes and continuities in the economic, social, political, and cultural life of a community are best understood in an interdisciplinary and integrated manner. The program equips you with various methodologies in research and writing history. It also aims for you to develop a global outlook that is grounded in nationalism and local knowledge.



Philosophy inquires into the fundamental questions about the world, knowledge, and the human condition. The program provides basic proficiency in the history of philosophy and the main areas of philosophical inquiry, as well as skills and competencies necessary for philosophical research. Its mode of philosophizing mediates local experiences and sources with universal thinking, and is in dialogue with the natural and social sciences, the humanities and the arts.


Political Science teaches its practitioners both the questions that political scientists ask in their attempt to understand politics and the manner of asking them. It develops independent and critical thinking on the application of concepts to current political events.


Psychology introduces the student to the study of behavior and mental life, the investigation of the causes and dynamics of behavioral patterns and provides the students with knowledge, skills, and techniques for solutions of individual problems.


Sociology studies humans in various levels of group life, from the smallest dyad to the largest of social organizations. The discipline hinges on an intellectual tradition that continues to be shaped by attempts to understand order and change in society.

PROGRAM CHECKLISTS (Major-Minor Combinations)


The BASS Program requires a total of 121-133 units, depending on the chosen major and minor combination. Students are required to take 36-39 units of the major courses, 24-27 units of the minors, and 19 units of the social science core courses. The program also requires 36 units of General Education courses and 6-12 units of other required courses.

General Education Courses (36u)

Social Science and Philosophy GE Courses (12u)

Arts and Humanities GE Courses (12u)

Natural Sciences and Mathematics GE Courses (12u)

Social Science Core Courses (19u)

Social Science 100. Historical Context of the Social Sciences (3u)

Social Science 101. Fundamental Statistics for the Social Sciences (4u)

Social Science 180. Epistemological Issues in the Social Sciences (3u)
Prerequisite: Senior Standing

Social Science 197. Ontology of the Social (3u)
Prerequisite: Junior Standing

Social Science 198. Special Topics (3u)
Prerequisite: Senior Standing, may be taken twice

Social Science 199. Seminar on Social Science Methodology (3u)
Prerequisite: Social Science 101 or Psychology 110


Other Required Courses (6-12u)

PI 100. The Life and Works of Rizal (3u)
Prerequisite: Junior Standing
Note: This course is required to all BASS Majors

Communication 11/Komunikasyon 11. Advanced College Writing / Sulating Pangkolehiyo: Pagsusuri at Pagsular (3u)
Note: This course is required to all BASS Majors

Mathematics 100. Introduction to Calculus (4u)
Prerequisite: Math 17 or Consent of Instructor (COI)
Note: This course is required for BASS Economics majors only.

Foreign Language 1.1 and 1.2. (3u)
Note: This course is required for BASS History majors only.

PE and NSTP Courses

Physical Education 1. Foundations of Physical Fitness (2u)

Physical Education 2. (3 events). Physical Education Activities (Beginners) (2u each)

NSTP 1. National Service Training Program (3u)

NSTP 2. National Service Training Program (3u)









Social Sciences and Philosophy Domain

Kasaysayan 1. Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas
. Ang pampulitika, pang-ekonomiya, panlipunan, at pangkalinangan pagsulong ng Pilipinas. (3u)

Ethics 1. Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Everyday Life. The nature and development, sources and frameworks of ethics and moral reasoning and their application to various issues and contexts. (3u)

Self and Society 1. Understanding the self. This course is focused on understanding the self by examining the interaction of biological, psychological and socio-cultural dimensions and appreciating human agency and the emergence of the self in different social contexts. (3u)

Natural Sciences and Mathematics Domain

Science 10. Probing the Physical World.
Understanding the origin of the universe, synthesis of the elements, formation of the earth and the various critical issues affecting our world view and our planet through the methods and interconnected concepts of the physical sciences. (3u)

Science 11. Living Systems: Concepts and Dynamics. Principles, interactions, and contemporary issues concerning living systems. (3u)

STS 1. Science, Technology and Society. Analyses of the past, present and future of science and technology in society (including their nature, scope, role and function) and the social, cultural, political, economic and environmental factors affecting the development of science and technology, with emphasis on the Philippine setting. (3u)

Arts and Humanities Domain

Arts I. Critical Perspectives in the Arts.
A critical study of the experience, language, and the context of art. (3u)

Communications 11. Critical Perspectives in Communication. Theories and frameworks of communication in various contexts. (3u)

Wika 1. Wika, Kultura at Lipunan. Pagsusuri sa ugnayan ng wika, kultura at lipunan. (3u)

For inquiries, contact the College of Social Sciences:
For general and academic operation inquiries:
College of Social Sciences
(074) 442-2427
College of Social Sciences Building
UP Drive, Governor Pack Road, Baguio City Benguet, Philippines, 2600

For matters concerning college registrations and enrollment, evaluations, completions, transfers, and others:
Office of the College Secretary
(074) 442-2427
College of Social Sciences Building
UP Drive, Governor Pack Road, Baguio City Benguet, Philippines, 2600