6 of the Best Courses to Take at University of Santo Tomas

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by Pauline Galoso   |  Jun 20, 2022
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Along España Boulevard, Manila, you will find the University of Santo Tomas, home of the Growling Tigers! Apart from being known for its rich cultural heritage, UST is also a premier educational institution with multiple recognitions from local and international school accreditors. 

What makes the University’s approach to learning more special and unique is the way it integrates its core values of competence, compassion, and commitment with its instructional and formative education. UST ultimately takes pride in its graduates, faculty members, and administrators who have since been helping shape and serve our society. 

Thinking of becoming a Thomasian? Here are six of the best undergraduate programs you can consider taking:

1. BS Nursing

The University of Santo Tomas is most sought-after for its various medical-related courses, including BS Nursing. As they say, nursing is both a passion and profession because the goal is to provide holistic care for individuals regardless of age, gender, or status. Entering this field means that you are willing to go through intensive training to fulfill the major roles of a professional nurse namely Client Care, Leadership and Management, and Research. During the four-year program, students will be exposed to different healthcare concepts, conditions, and ethics which will be supplemented with a nursing practicum in the last semester.

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2. BS Pharmacy

If you are curious about drug development, medication safety, or even cosmetic product development, then BS Pharmacy might just be the course for you! This program provides a wide range of experience in different areas like community, public health, clinical pharmacy, regulatory affairs, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. Part of its assessments include practical laboratory activities, counseling, and project-based outputs. No need to worry if you also plan to pursue further studies since UST offers both Master’s and Doctor’s degrees for this program. Fun Fact: Pharmacy students stay in the historical Main Building!

3. BS Accountancy

Of course, UST got its own ~receipts~ of its performance as a competent training ground for aspiring accounting professionals. ICYDK, the topnotcher in this year’s Certified Public Accountant Licensure Examination is a UST graduate, while three fellow alumni also made it in the top 10! Students taking up BS Accountancy are expected to be knowledgeable about business concepts, accounting functions, and auditing standards through subject offerings like Financial Management, Income Taxation, and International Business and Trade. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills are constantly developed as you go through your journey as an Accountancy major.


4. BA Journalism

Some of the outstanding news anchors we have today like Sandra Aguinaldo and Arnold Clavio from GMA Network are actually graduates of BA Journalism in UST. If you also dream of becoming a reporter, journalist, or media researcher in the future, then this program must be on top of your list! When you pursue a career in journalism, you will be in charge of gathering, investigating, and producing factual stories across various media platforms. So, be ready to take subjects like News Editing and Production, Philippine Politics, and Multimedia Journalism. In addition to your regular classes, you can apply and be part of The Varsitarian, which is the official student publication of UST, to continue honing your skills.

5. BA Communication

Dedicated to producing competent and versatile students, BA Communication has a lot in store for those who want to build a career in advertising, public relations, or media and film. The program offers extensive subjects such as Communication Theory, Broadcasting Principles, and Media Law, with the aim of producing ethical and socially responsible practitioners. UST is giving its students opportunities to participate in national competitions and projects, too. One of which is the Philippine Student Quill, which honors the best creative communication work from students using the standards of the International Association of Business Communicators, where UST was named School of the Year for seven consecutive years.


6. BS Architecture

Once again, UST has proven itself when it dominated the Architect Licensure Exam in January 2022. This is another reason why BS Architecture is among the top courses in the University. In this five-year program, students will be challenged to balance their creativity *and* skill as they take on topics about architectural design, technology, planning, and housing. Graduates of this course can become experts in the fields of urban design, construction technology, and real estate development. UST’s affiliations with foreign institutions can even bring you one step closer to your international dreams!


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