The Institute for Culture and Language Studies (ICLS) formerly known as the Institute of Social History (ISH) and Institute for Cultural Studies (ICS) was originally established in 1986 by PUP President Emeritus Dr. Nemesio E. Prudente who also served as its founding director. In 1989, the directorship of the Institute was transferred to Prof. Domingo Castro De Guzman, a Palanca laureate and a faculty member teaching philosophy and literature in the now defunct College of Arts and Sciences. De Guzman’s directorship ended with the retirement of Dr. Prudente.
After Dr. Prudente’s term, the Institute was put on hold. It was revived three years after when Dr. Dante G. Guevarra assumed the presidency of the University in 2005. ISH was then merged with the Research Institute for Politics and Economics or RIPE. The combined Institutes ended operation in 2012, paving the way for a new Institute with a much broader but well defined scope, the Institute for Culture and Language Studies. From 2012 to October 2016, the Institute was supervised and headed by Prof. Virgilio A. Rivas of the College of Arts and Letters. Currently, Prof. Joseph Reylan Viray, also a faculty member of the College of Arts and Letters, serves as Director of the Institute.
Under the ICLS wings are four research centers: the Center for Humanities and Philosophy, Center for Social History, Center for Creative Writing, Center for Educational Research, and the Center for Language and Literature Studies.