Commencing in 1978 as NEEI’s (New Era Evangelical Institute), the Department of Liberal Arts, with only a handful of faculty members teaching Social Sciences and Natural Sciences subjects, continuously evolved as an institute to become a College by virtue of Republic Act 1459 which was granted by the Commission on Higher Education.
In 1981, the said department became the Institute of Arts and Sciences with Dr. Perlita Cabilangan as its first Dean. By this time, there were two courses offered namely; AB Psychology and AB Journalism. In 1987, New Era College was moved to its new campus along Saint Joseph Street in Milton Hills Subdivision, Diliman, Quezon City, having Dr. Amanda Mejorada its new dean. Dr. Perlita Cabilangan as the latter took the helm of leading the College as its 3rd President. Additional course programs were offered such as BS Biology, AB Economics, AB Foreign Service, and Political Science. Dr. Mejorada was succeeded by Prof. Jovita V. De Guzman as the Officer-in- Charge of the said Institute.
In 1989, Dr. Corazon C. Osorio became the 3rd Dean of the Institute of Arts and Sciences, and in 1992, when Dr. Corazon C. Osorio became President of New Era College, a new Dean was appointed in the person of Prof. Laniza D. Juan, the former Principal of the High School Department.
In 1995, a year after the transformation of New Era College into New Era University under the leadership of Dr. Corazon C. Osorio, the NEU President herself commissioned Prof. Noe L. Pobadora, to revive the AB Foreign Service program which was shelved-off for a while due to lack of enrollees and Faculty. The Institute then became College of Arts and Sciences, with its new Dean in the person of Dr. Corazon A. Quintana. This period marked a lot of sterling achievements for the College as it bagged several awards and achievements in the national literary, arts and short film competitions.
It was also during this period when rigorous efforts were undertaken in order to elevate the status of the institute through accreditation which was then led by a former CAS faculty, Dr. Edna C. Aquino and Prof. Rosalie Q. Cervantes as the Assistant Chairperson.
On March 15, 1996, the Liberal Arts courses namely; AB Political Science, AB Foreign Service and AB Economics were certified by having satisfactorily met the standards of PACUCOA – (an accrediting organization) for its Level I Accreditation status.
This endeavor veered towards accreditation was given a new momentum when the college passed the Level II Accreditation as cited by the PACUCOA or Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities Commission on Accreditation. Departments were also established within the College such as the Language Department, Social Sciences Department, Math and Science Department, Biology Department, Psychology Department and the Mass communication Department.
The year 2002 marked the graduation of the first batch of AB Foreign Service. The following year (2003), the former Chairman of the Social Sciences Department, Dr. Pedrito B. Placio was appointed as the 6th Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. During this time, Dr. Placio appointed Dr. Joseph A. Asuncion as the new Social Science Chair of the said department which includes the three programs such as: AB Political Science, Economics, and Foreign Service. Dr. Asuncion served for (5) years being the chairman of the Social Science Department.
In 2004, the Administration decided to install new officers in the different colleges including the appointment of Associate Dean in every College. College of Arts and Science’s first vice Dean was Dr. Minerva Belen-Parnaso. In 2006, she was replaced by a College Secretary in the person of Bro. Beliardo Dote, a Minister of the Gospel.
In 2007, Dr. Placio’s term (as the CAS Dean) was extended and was followed by the appointment of Prof. Rosalie Q. Cervantes in 2009 as the College’s Vice Dean. In the same year PACUCOA granted the college’s Liberal Arts Program its Level II 2nd Revisit Accreditation Status. After (3) years that the college satisfactorily complied with another round of accreditation visit in February 2012, the program obtained its Level II 3rd Revisit Accredited Status in time with the college’s Science Program which was granted Level I Accredited Status.
In June 2013, Bro. Orlando M. Cabigting Jr. was appointed as College Dean. After a year under his Leadership, through the initiatives of the Mass Communication Program Chair, Prof. Margele A. Andres and Prof. Irwin R. Blanco for AB Political Science who worked in complying the requirements, CHED granted both programs the straight program status.
The following year August 2014, the Mass Communication program formally started operating as a separate college that offers the same degree under the nomenclature, Bachelor of Arts in Communication. In October 2015, the college’s Liberal Arts Program will face another PACUCOA preliminary visit for Level II Accreditation.
As the college continues to commit itself to achieve and become a globally-competitive learning institution that produces competent and God-loving practitioners in the professional fields of arts and sciences, it also mark its history of remarkable achievements not only to bring honor and prestige to the university but most of all glory to God, the Almighty.