School History


A vision of expanding horizons, anchored in 50 years of educational experience — that’s our story.

The archetypal success story runs from rags to riches. In parallel with the rise of Singapore
as a nation, the story of CASS within Singapore Polytechnic has been no less dramatic.

In SP’s first academic year 1958/1959, an English Section was set up within the polytechnic’s Department of General Education to complement and enhance students’ technical training. By 1963/64, as Singapore hurtled towards independence, SP recognised that an appreciation for the arts would open up new vistas in personal, cultural and national development.

Specialisation and expansion. In 1969, the polytechnic’s degree courses were transferred to the new Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the then University of Singapore. A specialised English department at SP initially served the remedial needs of students weaker in English. Gradually, undergoing several name changes over the years, the department grew to offer English courses for academic and vocational purposes, introduce foreign languages, emphasise oral and written skills and enhance communication skills relevant to fields such as business and engineering.

Together we write the future. On 1st February 2008, a new chapter opened; the School of Communication, Arts & Social Sciences (CASS) replaced the Language and Communication department, launching three exciting diplomas and taking over the teaching of communication skills and foreign languages. Dedicated to nurturing first-class communicators, we celebrate a global community and empower you to participate in and transform your world. This is our story — we’ll help you make yours.