The Nanyang Technological University – University Scholars Programme (NTU–USP) provides an intellectually stimulating environment for students who are enrolled in our programme. NTU–USP students sharpen their critical thinking skills and leadership abilities through interdisciplinary academic and co-curricular programmes promising independent learning and immersive intercultural experiences.
This academically rigorous multi-disciplinary programme complements and bridges NTU’s core disciplines, adding breadth to each scholar’s academic experience. Scholars remain in their home programme while concurrently pursuing NTU–USP courses and activities.
The NTU–USP experience offers a vibrant student life. Our co-curricular enrichment activities supplement the NTU–USP academic curriculum through freshmen overseas study, seminars by distinguished professors, and NTU–USP scholar-led initiatives.
This academically rigorous programme comprises of a robust, multi-disciplinary curriculum, enabling students to investigate both the sciences and the arts, and dialogue with students from different majors to broaden their perspective and encourage critical thinking.
The curriculum is also designed to be academically rigorous, intellectually daring and stimulating. Students remain in their home programmes while concurrently pursuing NTU–USP courses and activities, with the choice of a single or double major. Through these courses and activities, students possess many opportunities to explore a variety of disciplines outside their domain of study. The multidisciplinary nature of the NTU-USP creates unique combinations of disciplines for each scholar, sparking the scholar's creativity and granting the scholar deeper insights into academic issues that would otherwise be impossible in their own major alone.
NTU-USP students typically take about 20% of their undergraduate courses with the NTU-USP while the remaining academic components are devoted to courses within schools/majors. Every NTU-USP student is required to undertake four compulsory core courses in their freshmen year. These four courses cover a range of key foundational disciplines including Philosophy, Big Data, Digital Society, Quantitative Reasoning and Fieldwork & Documentation. In the second to fourth year, the students are additionally required to undertake five electives from two categories – 1) Science, Technology, and Society and 2) Arts, Humanities, and Culture.
Thus the NTU-USP curriculum ensures that our students are exposed to broad streams of knowledge in the hard and soft sciences and the arts and humanities, while taking into consideration the mental and social well-being of our students.
Elective courses to be chosen from the following
- [AHC] SP0011: Major Contemporary Environmental Challenges: A Multidisciplinary Perspective
- [STS] SP0013: Cultivating Heartware for Inclusivity and Diversity
- [STS] SP0015: Science in the Media
- [STS] SP0016: What is Reality? Perspectives from Quantum Physics and Philosophy
- [STS] SP0018: Sociolinguistics: Language and Culture
- [STS] SP0023: Error and Bias
- [STS] SP0024: Political Earth
- [AHC] SP0025: Exploring Spaces: Communities, Societies, and Cultures
- [AHC] SP0030: Travels and Travellers
- [AHC] SP0031: Re-negotiating Truth and Ethics at the nexus of art and journalism
- [AHC] SP0032: Art, Technology, and the Image
- [AHC] SP0033: Community Literacy Practices in the 21st Century
- [AHC] SP0034: Mindfulness
- [AHC] SP0037: Deviance in Fables, Folklore, and Literature
- [AHC] SP0040: Maritime Silk Roads: Past, Present, and Future
- [AHC] SP0042: Dramatic Texts: Adaptation and Improvisation
- [AHC] SP0046: Performing Comedy: Improvisation and Stand-up
- [AHC] SP0047: Key Problems and Puzzles in Contemporary Aesthetics
- [AHC] SP0048: Global Histories Through Masterpieces
- [STS] SP0051: Astronomy
- [STS] SP0056: Workings of the Human Body
- [AHC] SP0065: Displaced Communities, Education and Opportunities
- [STS] SP0067: Creativity, Cognition, & the Imagination
- [STS] SP0068: Artificial Intelligence: History, Philosophy, & Prospects
- [AHC] SP0071: Love and Sex
- [STS] SP0072: Enterprise, Innovation and Leadership
- [STS] SP0079: Language and Society
- [AHC] SP0081: Culture and Conflict
- [AHC] SP0082: Truth, Lies, and Hype
- [AHC] SP0083: Science, Culture, and Society
- [AHC] SP0084: Communicating Gender: From Biology to Culture
Eminent Speakers Series
The Eminent Speaker Series (ESS) is a series of talks and seminars for scholars that aims to provide a higher-level platform for the scholars to connect with world-class professor, industry and business leaders and to learn best practices from the best brains around the world.
ESS topics will be broad-based to cater to the different needs and expectations of the scholars. The topics range from culture and the arts, business and entrepreneurship, philosophy, modern science and technology to politics.