The Department of History handles the Civilization Program under the liberal education platform of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Civilization Program is divided into three areas: Christian civilization, Asian civilizations, and Philippine history and culture. The Program gives the student a richer perspective of his and other people’s identity and roots.
The Foundations of Christian Civilization (CIV 101) is the first of the three courses on the history of Christian civilization. It focuses on the historical beginnings of Christianity up to 732 AD with primary emphasis on the political, social, and cultural contexts. In particular, it explains the incorporation of Jewish and Graeco-Roman elements and, consequently, the establishment of Christianity’s foundations both as an institutional religion and as a way of life.
The Formation of Western Civilization (CIV 102) covers roughly the period between the 700 and 1517 AD and follows the Foundations of Christian Civilization. It aims to shed light on the formation of Western Christendom and the resulting civilization of Europe.
Modern and Contemporary Period (CIV 103) surveys the period from the 1500’s to the present. It integrates Church history and European history mainly because, according to Fernand Braudel, “European thought is inconceivable except in the context of a dialogue with Christianity, even when the dialogue is sharp and the dispute violent.” The course aims to provide the student with the historical perspective necessary for a deeper appreciation of the main philosophical and ideological currents in the West.
Philippine History (PS 101) is a critical analysis of the emergence of the Filipino intellectual. The course generally aims to provide students with a richly textured understanding of the historical process and of history as a form of knowledge, particularly as these relate to Filipino nationhood.
Philippine Society and Culture (PS 102) as a course is the first step in UA&P’s “citizenship curriculum.” As the introductory subject, it is the avenue through which students are introduced to the notion of civic engagement by helping them examine critically the issues confronting the Philippines. For the non-citizen, this course serves as an introduction to the complexities of Philippine society and culture.