While immersed in culture and life in the Philippines, students also explore topics in political science, sociology, philosophy, theology, language and culture in classroom-based learning at the Ateneo de Manila University.

All classes intentionally integrate the praxis and immersion experiences into the course content and objectives. This combination of experiential learning and theory provides students with a more holistic educational experience.

Students receive credit from the University of San Francisco, with courses designed to meet the requirements of most undergraduate majors at students’ home institutions.

Courses & Syllabi


Filipino for Foreign Students: Introduction to Philippine Culture Through Immersion 2 credits (USF Cultural Diversity Core)  Download the Syllabus

Filipino for Foreign Students is more than a language course. It is both an introduction and initiation to Philippine society and culture with language as the basic unit for study and the students’ everyday experiences a living and dynamic manifestation of the learning process.

As an introductory-level language course, Filipino 11.2 provides the second language learner with the basic foundations essential in building communication competency in Filipino through culture learning. The development of the four macro-skills of communication – listening, speaking, reading and writing – in the target language will be integrated with specific cultural contexts to gain awareness and understanding about the Filipinos' everyday life as well as confidence in interacting with the Filipino society. The course work includes activities and drills which support the following components: vocabulary enrichment, familiarization with the basic expressions, construction of response patterns and simple sentences for oral and written communication, and appreciation for Philippine culture

Engaging Reality: Accompaniment and Community 2 credits (USF Service Learning Core) Download the Syllabus

This Praxis Seminar will focus on understanding accompaniment as the way in which students enter praxis sites.  Students will reflect critically about their experiences in the praxis sites, mainly articulating the significance of key moments, relationships, and developing a consiousness of larger social injustices.  Students will also discern how they are personally growing from the praxis experience and with their peer community.

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Philippine Politics and Governance 4 credits  (USF Area E: Social Sciences) Download the Syllabus

The course is a study of institutions, actors, powers and limits of the Philippine government. It looks at the processes of governance, particularly the interplay of state and non-state actors in rule making. The course highlights theories that make sense of change and continuities in Philippine governance, as well as the spaces for citizen participation such as elections and local governance. Comparisons with the politics and governance of other Southeast Asian states will also be discussed.

Sociology of Gender, Class & Ethnicity in the Philippines 4 credits (Area E: Social Sciences Core)  Download the Syllabus

This course surveys theories on social inequality and, using selected case studies, provides a comprehensive examination of inequalities in the Philippines. It entails in-depth discussions on stratification and power relations in Philippine society, looking at the impact of institutions and discourse, and the dynamics of structure and agency on social class, ethnicity, and gender. As such, it serves as a useful tool for a critical analysis of social issues in the Philippines.

Mysteries of God: Suffering, Solidarity and God  4 credits (Philosophy and Theology and Religious Studies Core) Download the Syllabus

How ought we to live in a world marked by suffering and injustice?  Using a variety of sources including philosophical and theological essays, film and literature, this course examines how one critically engages experiences of interconnection, solidarity, suffering and uses such experiences to discern one's vocation and calling. (For USF students, this course satisfies Core Area D2: Theology and Religious Studies)

Philippine Visual and Performing Arts 4 credits (USF Area F: Visual and Performing Arts Core)  Download the Syllabus

This course develops understanding and appreciation of the various performing and visual arts in the Philippines.  The course uses a practical, task-based learning strategy as its basic approach to understanding the arts and appreciating Filipino culture.  Teaching and learning in this course is achieved through a set of highly focused, well-structured, problem-posing activities, which provide learners with opportunities for actual use and practice.  

*Courses subject to change