May 4, 1965 marked the establishment of the College of Arts and Sciences (then the School of Arts and Sciences) under Republic Act no. 4189, which converted the Iloilo Normal School into West Visayas State College. The first Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences was Dr. Ma. Celia R. Palma.
The Liberal Arts curriculum was opened in 1970, offering courses leading to majors in English and Social Sciences. The original Liberal Arts offered courses leading to major in English and minor in Social Science. Course offerings were later expanded to prepare students for teaching in secondary schools and in college with majors in English, Home Economics, Physical Education, and Filipino.