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School of Humanities

drawing a cartoon   The heart of an Ateneo education is the core curriculum largely made up of courses offered by the different departments that make up the School of Humanities.

From their courses in language – Filipino, English, Spanish or another foreign language—they are taught to be fluent on both the written and spoken levels. They are trained to think critically and communicate effectively.

The study of literature starts students on their journey in the creative life. With a multicultural perspective, students deepen their understanding of themselves and their world by reading literary texts—local and global, classical and contemporary.

The courses of philosophy bring students into contact with the primary texts of great philosophers from classical times to the contemporary era. Challenged with personal, social, religious, and ethical questions, students develop habits of philosophical reflection.

man praying at the chapel
Through its courses in theology, they encounter the saving truth, the Word of Life. Immersed in the many sources of faith’s living tradition, they develop a thinking faith and are led to respond to the call for moral transformation and spiritual renewal.

Students are also required to take core curriculum courses in history, social sciences, mathematics, and natural sciences. For more detailed information on these courses, please refer to the brochures of the respective Departments and Programs within the School of Humanities as well as in other Loyola Schools.


The School of Humanities, through its six academic departments and one program, aims to provide students with a liberal humanistic education distinguished by sapientia et eloquentia. This liberal humanistic education draws from the rich traditions of philosophy, faith, literature, language, art and culture. It is manifested through courses designed for the holistic formation of students who are articulate and critical, imaginative and productive, students who are rooted in their own culture, yet open to other cultures, proactive in the global environment, and strongly committed to faith and justice.


Contact Information

Office of the Dean
School of Humanities
1/F Horacio de la Costa Hall
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. No. 426-6001 local 5300
Direct line and fax no.: 426-1042

Benilda S. Santos, Ph.D.
Acting Dean

Ma. Consuelo C. Camacho
Assistant to the Dean

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday:           8 a.m. – 12 noon

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  • Department of English

  • Department of Filipino/Kagawaran ng Filipino

  • Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Department of Modern Languages

  • Department of Philosophy

  • Department of Theology

  • Fine Arts Program

  • Ateneo Center for English Language Teaching (ACELT)

  • Ateneo Institute of Literary Arts and Practices (AILAP)