Department of Psychology

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History

As early as 1910, two years after the University of the Philippines was founded, psychology was being taught at the Department of Philosophy and Psychology, College of Liberal Arts. The Department was placed under Dr. Henry S. Townsend, an American who taught all of the Psychology courses being offered then, namely General Psychology, Genetic Psychology, Educational Psychology and Tests and Measurements. Soon psychology separated and became part of the College of Education when the college was created in 1918. Townsend became acting head of this new department as he continued to be the head of the Department of Philosophy at the College of Liberal Arts (de la Llana 1972: 4; Santamaria 1961: 13-14). Under the able leadership of Dean Francisco Benitez, the UP modelled for the entire country the curricular utilization of psychology in education. In 1959, the Department of Psychology was transferred to the College of Arts and Sciences, "an event which marked the weaning of the discipline from the apron strings of Education in the UP." (Lagmay 1982:6)

Academic Program

Undergraduate

  • BS Psychology
  • BA Psychology

Graduate Program

  • M.A. in Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Personality
  • Ph.D. in Philippine Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Social Psychology