CASS shall lead in the scientific and ethical production and dissemination of knowledge in human and social conditions aligned with the technological and social innovations in the region; promote the appreciation of the arts and its value in social reproduction; and develop competent and well-rounded individuals who can serve the country with pride, honor, and integrity.
College of Arts and Social Sciences as a leading school and research community in the studies of the arts and human society that communicates empowerment and social responsibility.
The creation and institutionalization of the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) was a product of long and comprehensive deliberation of possible separation of the arts programs from the sciences which began as early as two decades ago with the then College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) that is the largest and pioneering service college in CLSU. The creation of CAS was a component of Republic Act No. 4067 which converted the then Central Luzon Agricultural College (CLAC) into Central Luzon State University on June 18, 1964 signed by President Diosdado Macapagal. The new college started with four departments, namely, Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Languages, Biological Sciences and Physical Sciences.
While degree programs from the natural sciences were offered as early as 1980, it was not until 1993 that the first curricular offering from the social sciences, the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (ABSS) was approved by the CLSU Board of Regents. Receiving favorable approval and receptions from the CLSU stakeholders, the CAS took bolder initiatives to propose and to offer more arts and social science-based degree programs, such as Bachelor of Arts in Development Communication in 1999 (later revised to become Bachelor of Science in Development Communication in 2013); Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2003 (later revised to become Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2017); Bachelor of Arts in Language and Literature in 2010 (later revised to become Bachelor of Arts in Literature in 2018); and, Bachelor of Arts in Filipino in 2018.
And with this, the newly established college has five academic-service departments: Development Communication, English and Humanities, Filipino, Psychology and Social Sciences.
As the CAS expanded and heavily sought by students who wish to pursue academic courses in the natural and social sciences, a committee was formed in 2018 to seriously study the possibility of splitting the growing college into two – the College of Science and the College of Arts and Social Sciences.
The committee was led by Dr. Danilo S. Vargas of the Department of Development Communication where it was strongly recommended to split the College of Arts and Sciences into two distinct colleges. The committee cited the verticalization of graduate program offerings and the consistent rising number of students enrolling in the different CAS curricula thereby resulting to recruitment of more academic and non-academic personnel which could result in the overloading of management functions as the main reasons for the division. The CAS Academic Council, the CLSU Academic Council and the CLSU Administrative Council approved such proposal on their respective meetings in 2018.
Then on March 8, 2019, on its 217th Regular Meeting held in the CHEd Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City, the CLSU Board of Regents approved BOR Resolution No. 5-2019 authorizing the “Splitting of the Present College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) into the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) and the College of Science (CS).
After more than a year of setting the preparation and transition, the CASS officially became a sub juridical entity of the Central Luzon State University on August 10, 2020 when the incumbent University President, Dr. Edgar A. Orden designated Dr. Jay C. Santos as the Acting Dean of the newly-created college.