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College of Liberal Arts and Communication Graduate Studies (CLACGS)

The CLACGS is a result of the devolution of the graduate programs under the Graduate School of Education, Arts, and Sciences in 2006. The devolution aimed for more focus and enhanced quality, efficiency, and effectiveness in its graduate programs, namely, Master of Arts in English as a Second Language, Master of Arts in Filipino, Master of Arts in Teaching-English, and Master of Arts in Teaching-Social Sciences. The need to strengthen the PhD in Language Education program originally offered by the College of Education Graduate Studies has led to proposal of changing its nomenclature. With the new program title, PhD in Language Studies, with specialization in English and Filipino, the curriculum is enhanced by incorporating courses that provide broader knowledge and understanding to students as specialists in language and research. During the Second Semester of School year 2014-15, Master of Arts in Psychology major in Clinical psychology was offered.

In 2010, the programs were granted by the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) accreditation for a period of five years. The unit is under the supervision of the CLACGS Director and the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Communication.


Guided by the values of faith, zeal for service, and communion in mission, the CLAC Graduate Studies seeks to strengthen and maintain quality education focusing on community spirit and lifelong learning by:

  • keeping abreast with both modern trends in education and technology espoused with time-tested methodologies that can develop quality graduates;
  • conducting classroom activities that can initiate proactive interaction and utilization of higher level of thinking;
  • engaging extensively on research along the various fields of English teaching, Filipino, and Social Sciences, specifically research projects that are geared towards the betterment of the quality of life of the community; and
  • employing competent faculty who have a deep commitment for academic excellence and professional and human development


Doctor of Philosophy in Language Studies with specialization in English and Filipino

The program offers students with a broader understanding of the language, its linguistic, philosophical, psychological, social, and cultural dimensions. It aims to develop research-oriented language mentors, language researchers, and specialists with a high degree of preparation and research orientation that will give them credence to defend or argue the efficacy of language programs viewed from various perspectives.

Master of Arts in English as a Second Language

The program develops among its students the theoretical, philosophical and pedagogical foundations of teaching English as a second language, and the competencies for teachers of English as a Second Language. As such students are expected to be equipped with scholarly knowledge to effectively handle language classes in all levels of the academe, likewise, to become consultants and experts in the discipline.

Master of Arts in Filipino

Sa kursong ito, inihahanda ang mga mag-aaral na malinang ang kaalaman nang buong husay sa wika at panitikan, tungo sa malalim at malawak na pang-unawa sa mga isyu at kalakarang pangwika at panliteratura kaugnay ng kanilang disiplina. Sa dakong huli ay mapalakas ang diwa ng nasyonalismo at ng iba pang mga pagpapahalagang moral na napapaloob sa kulturang Lasalyano.

Master of Arts in Teaching-Social Sciences

The program equips future social scientists and educators essential input to engage in scientific undertakings of social phenomenon particularly the emerging trends to help solve the complex problems of developing nations through knowledge discovered, thereby contributing to the socio-cultural and politico-economic advancement. It also equips its students with sound theoretical foundations for the teaching of social sciences.

Master of Arts in Psychology

The program is designed to fulfill the goal of providing students with a thorough grounding in advanced principles of psychology at the graduate level, and an understanding of the tools in advanced psychology suitable for building careers in business, education, research, and the government. Moreover, it provides students with an opportunity to strengthen their credentials in order to improve their chances of gaining acceptance to a Ph.D. program in psychology. The program will also allow them to explore advanced courses in several sub fields of psychology, thereby gaining a command of the analytical tools necessary in successful careers in psychology.

Admission Requirements

  • Original and two photocopies of his/her transcript of records
  • Accomplished application form
  • Two letters of recommendation from previous professors or employers
  • Two copies of 2 x 2 picture
  • An interview with the CLAC GS director and/or CLAC Dean
  • Satisfactory test results in the Graduate Admission Examination

Additional Requirements for PhD in Language Education

  • An MA in Teaching English, Language, Literature or Communication or its equivalent degree. Transferees shall be admitted to the program as long as they come from at least a level one accredited university.
  • At least one year of teaching or administrative experience in the field of language studies or any related position/designation.
  • If items 1 and 2 are not satisfied, 9 units of bridging courses will be required. A course taken from another school with similar or the same description may be credited in the graduate program. A maximum of fifteen (15) units shall be credited


Forms, Curricula and Handbooks Download
MA Filipino pdf
MAT Social Sciences pdf
MA English as a Second Language pdf
MA Psychology pdf
Letter of Recommendation pdf
Timetable of Actions pdf
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Research Thrust

Collegiate Thrust

The pursuit of knowledge for the purpose of edifying the human spirit can be considered as one of the noblest of human endeavors. Where art and science meet, there is insight. This insight peers deep into the affairs of human beings both as individual and as a society, bringing us closer to understanding life itself.

The College of Liberal Arts and Communication envisions to become a center of ideas and virtues, a thrust fueled by its mission to attain ethical standards in teaching, research, global partnerships, and community service.

As a resource for both the Church and nation, the College of Liberal Arts and Communication consistently upgrades the quality of instruction through faculty competency in the various fields of specialization. It seeks to strengthen the culture of research in the areas of national and indigenous cultures, arts, governance, and well-being. It works alongside the institution in furthering education through scholarship programs. It also provides community development projects relevant to the needs of the society. Above all, it strives to produce globally competitive graduates who are God-fearing, critical thinkers, and experts in their disciplines and who would eventually be vital in the country’s work force.

Graduate Studies Research Thrust

Research at the De La Salle University-Dasmariñas focuses on two areas: the Institutional Research Thrust (IRT) and the Cavite Development Research Program (CDRP). Specific areas include good governance, education, and cultural heritage analysis; ecotourism and enterprise development; agriculture, land use and environmental impacts; and, urban systems and applied technology. For the College of Liberal Arts and Communication Graduate Studies (CLACGS), research scope is basically confined to Cavite but it also allows its students to conduct studies in CALABARZON in general. Region IV-A is developing very fast and unforeseen issues and problems need to be addressed.

Students’ research topics may focus on specific areas indicated in the IRT and the CDRP but they should be aligned to their area of specialization. Other research areas are cultural studies and community oriented researches which could be used as basis in policy formulation in CALABARZON. Cultural studies delve on language research, ethnicity, heritage preservation, beliefs and rituals, and folk literature. Community oriented studies focus on but not limited to policy analysis migration, urbanization, acculturation, local governance, local planning and innovative approaches in teaching social sciences, English, Filipino and literature in the local level.

Utilizing various analyses and theories in social sciences, language, literature and education, CLACGS envisions that the graduate students will become immersed in social issues which will allow them to become prepared holistically in responding to society’s needs. Such response will be translated to developing research projects which in the end will help the community to understand and recommend action for the betterment of quality of life in the community.

Faculty and Staff

  • Christian George C. Francisco
    Dean, CLAC
    Doctor of Philosophy in Filipino
    Specialization: translation, language teaching, language planning, lexicography

  • Merlyn V. Lee
    Doctor of Arts in Language and Literature
    Specialization: academic writing, English language teaching

  • Maria. Victoria Aguilar
    Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
    Specialization: Readings in sociological and anthropological theories

  • Joy-Alvi R. Aranas
    Doctor of Philosophy major in Counselling Psychology
    Specialization: psychotherapy, counselling

  • Jennifer T. Arroyo
    Doctor of Philosophy in Philippines Studies
    Specialization: literature, culture

  • Constantino T. Ballena
    Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics with Specialization in Applied Linguistics
    Specialization: lexicography, philosophy, applied linguistics, qualitative research

  • Federico B. Besa
    Doctor of Philosophy- Philosophy
    Specialization: Filipino philosophy

  • Emmanuel F. Calairo
    Doctor of Philosophy –History
    Specialization: Historiography, Philippine Contemporary Development

  • Mary Ann Escoto
    Doctor of Philosophy in Filipino
    Specialization: curriculum and syllabus design, academic writing

  • Jonathan V. Gochuico
    Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics with Specialization in Applied Linguistics
    Specialization: discourse analysis, linguistics

  • Gilbert E. Macarandang
    Doctor of Philosophy in Philippine Studies
    Specialization: culture, sociology

  • Jan Phillip D. Mallari
    Doctor of Philosophy in Development Studies
    Specialization: political economy, development studies, sociology

  • Teresita P. Pareja
    Doctor of Philosophy in Linguistics with Specialization in Applied Linguistics
    Specialization: linguistics, instructional materials development, qualitative research, English for Specific Purposes

  • Betty E. Puzon
    Doctor of Philosophy in Language Education with Specialization in English
    Specialization: language testing, curriculum development

  • Edward P. Reed
    Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Studies
    Specialization: development cooperation approaches, NGO’s and development cooperation, political economy, rural development strategies

  • Ruthmita H. Rozul
    Doctor of Arts in Language and Literature
    Specialization: reading, instructional materials development

  • Evangeline Ruga
    Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
    Specialization: foundations, research, abnormal psychology

  • Marco S. Saez
    Doctor of Philosophy in English Studies
    Specialization: sociolinguistics, discourse, phonology, literature

  • Jose Alejandro Tenorio SJ.
    Doctor of Philosophy- Philosophy
    Specialization: Filipino philosophy


College of Liberal Arts and Communication Graduate School
207 Julian Felipe Hall
DLSU - Dasmariñas
Cavite, Philippines 4115

For questions and inquiries:
email the CLACGS Secretariat

Cavite +63 (46) 481.1900 local 3072
Manila +63 (2) 779.5180