Department of Political Science

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The Department of Political Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman is a Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Center of Excellence in the Social Sciences. It is home to eminent Political Science scholars delivering the best instruction in the discipline. The Department also undertakes research projects with policy and community impact, consistently producing local and international publications. Through its active leadership in the association of Political Science professionals, the Department has provided service to the wider public from its pool of public intellectuals, experts and advocates.


Faculty Members

Professor Emeriti

Professiorial Lecturers


Teaching Associate


It was in 1915, eight years after the establishment of the University of the Philippines in 1908, when the Department of Political Science was established as a unit of the College of Liberal Arts. The first head of the unit, then called "chief of the Department," was George A. Malcolm. He headed the Department while he was concurrently Dean of the College of Law from 1915-1920. His successor as Chief of the Department was Maximo M. Kalaw, the first Filipino head of the Department. Kalaw headed the Department from 1920-1934.

The Department greatly influenced the development of the discipline in our country. Malcolm's Government of the Philippine Islands and his collaborative work with Kalaw, Philippine Government, firmly established the legalistic and institutional approaches of the discipline in our country.

These dominant approaches had been strongly challenged in the Department in the 1960s, and has now been replaced with orientations in political sociology and political economy. These have become the dominant perspectives in the Department. The Department has continued to influence the discipline in our country in spite of institutional reorganizations of the College of Liberal Arts. In the 1950s, the College was reorganized into a College of Arts and Sciences, which was divided into three Colleges in 1983 - College of Arts and Letters, College of Science, and College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. The Department of Political Science is now one of the eight departments in the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

Academic Programs

Degree Programs Offered

  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science [1]
  • Bachelor of Arts-Master of Arts in Political Science (Honors) [2]
  • Master of Arts in Political Science [3]
  • Master in International Studies [4]
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science [5]

See Also


Administrative Office, Second Floor
New CSSP Faculty Center
Roxas Avenue corner Africa Street, U.P. Diliman
Quezon City 1101
Trunkline: (632) 9818500 ext. 2379/2380
Telefax: (632) 9207246
Mobile: (63) 9175518869

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