The Department of Arts & Letters shall be among the pillars of Mapúa’s world-class education.
We, the faculty and staff of the Department of Arts and Letters, affirm our adherence to the beliefs here articulated.
Every student is a unique individual who possesses talents and potentials that must be honed and nurtured by the academic community.
Every student’s educability arises from his possession of an intellect that seeks the truth, and a will that pursues what is good.
Every student is influenced by family, community, and environment but is responsible for personal choices and decisions made freely.
In helping the student excel in his chosen field, we need to make them deeply aware of what it means to be human.
The Department of Arts and Letters exists to foster in the student a strong appreciation of his inherent dignity, and to move him to respect the same in others.
The goal of the Department of Arts and Letters education is to cultivate the love for life-long learning, for beauty, and for order. It seeks to help develop the ability of every student to distinguish what is true and what is good from the abundance of information, ideas, and thoughts that current day technology and traditional sources make accessible to him. And, having done so, the student becomes disposed towards the intelligent use of his freedom.
The Department of Arts and Letters education fortifies the student’s desire and ability for critical analysis and evaluation of information, circumstances, and events around him by educating him on the timeless and unchanging truths about man and man’s existence. Armed with such ability, the student can therefore arrive at informed judgments and take prudent action.
The Department of Arts and Letters education instils in every student a strong sense of citizenship in his country and in the larger global community, and thus prepares him to work well in multi-cultural settings, in the service of the common good of society.
The prime duty of a teacher is to facilitate the acquisition of relevant and useful knowledge and skills, and develop sound values and attitudes that empower the student in the pursuit of success in professional, social, and personal life. The teacher does this by being the first in learning, in giving, and in serving.
Guided by these beliefs, the Department of Arts and Letters teacher shall live out the vocation to teach with the highest degree of commitment to the goal of education, that is, to form character, and inspire and ignite noble ambitions. This is the Department of Arts and Letters teacher’s main accountability and the gauge of his excellence.
It offers the following courses under the new General Education Curriculum:
- Purposive Communication
- Art Appreciation
- Filipino sa Epektibong Komunikasyong Pampropesyunal
- Mga Piling Basa sa Panitikang Filipino
- Literatura at Lipunan
- Great Books
- Contemporary Literature