Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Double Major - Chinese and Linguistics and Multilingual Studies

Double major

Programme Type


The Double Major Programme is a four-year direct honours degree programme. Undergraduate students will read two majors chosen from among the disciplinary strengths of the four schools in the College, namely, the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), the School of Humanities (SoH), the School of Social Sciences (SSS), and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI).

Unlike the existing single discipline-based degrees, this degree will feature two distinct majors within an innovative new structure. As such this is a fully conceived double-disciplinary degree. Each major will have equal weightage. Students will be admitted into this Double Major degree programme at the point of entry to NTU, and declare their two majors at this point.

During this four-year degree programme, undergraduates will read both Linguistics and Multilingual Studies (LMS) and Chinese (CHN), benefiting from the expertise and resources of both Programmes within the School of Humanities (SoH).

For Chinese, students will study both classical and modern Chinese literature, a deeper understanding of Chinese language, and a broader perspective on Modern China and the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia. The programme aims to equip students with multidisciplinary research skills and bilingual capabilities.

The Linguistics and Multilingual Studies curriculum allows students to explore the many interesting facets of language and communication, from the properties of speech sounds to grammatical and discourse structure, from children’s language development to communication in bilingual and multilingual societies.

4-Year Direct Honours Programme

This is a four-year direct honours degree programme. If your CGPA is 3.0 and above, your Honours stays with you.


Equal Weightage

Unlike second major, you will receive equal training for both majors.


Degree Scroll

Both majors will be listed on the degree school. You will be recognised for the effort and time spent for the programme



You may apply to change your programme after your first year. You must meet the minimum requirement set for your admit year and the acceptance of the new selected programme.

For GCE 'A' level certificate holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • Pass in H2 Level Chinese subjects or
  • Good pass in H1 Level Chinese subjects or
  • Good pass in ‘O’ Level Higher Chinese or
  • Good pass in ‘O’ Level Chinese; and
  • A good grade in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry/H1 or H2 Level Humanities subject

For International Baccalaureate Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in SL Chinese and
  • A good grade in SL English

For NUS High School Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • Good Overall CAP in Chinese Language and
  • Good Overall CAP in English Language

For International Students & Students with other qualifications:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in Chinese at GCE ‘O’ Level/HSK Level 6 and
  • A good grade in General Paper/English at Senior
Successful Polytechnic applicants will be exempted certain courses that will be confirmed before the start of their first semester.
A 4-year direct honours programme.  The core courses equip students with a firm foundation in their two Majors. Students can then choose from a range of prescribed electives in their interests. 


To graduate, students must complete two (2) categories of requirement, totalling at least 138 Academic Units (AUs): 

*Students who are eligible to do the FYP will be strongly encouraged to do an inter-major FYP.  Students whose GPAs fall in a certain range can choose whether or not to do the FYP. Students who do not do the FYP must clear 8 AUs of PEs (two 4000-level courses, one from each discipline) within the double major.

Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core Courses (ICC):

ICC Curriculum

Broadening and Deepening Electives (BDE):

BDE Curriculum


I. Chinese Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]

HC1001 Intro to the Study of Lit. and Culture
HC1002 Intro to Chinese Language
HC2006 Introduction to Chinese History
HC3003 Southeast Asian Chinese

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

Choose at least 2 courses at HC3XXX, and 4 courses at HC4XXX

Other core subjects of Chinese major
HC2001 Directed Readings of Literary Works: Pre-Qin, Han, Wei and Jin
HC2003 Directed Readings of Literary Works: Tang and Song
HC2004 Directed Readings of Literary Works: Yuan, Ming and Qing
HC3001 Modern Chinese Literature
HC3002 History of Chinese Thought


Category A: Chinese Literature and Culture
Click here for the list of courses under Cat A.

Category B: Chinese History, Thought and China Studies
Click here for the list of courses under Cat B.

Category C: Linguistics and Chinese Linguistics

Click here for the list of courses under Cat C.

Category D: Studies of Ethnic-Chinese
Click here for the list of courses under Cat D.


II. Linguistics and Multilingual Studies Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]

HG1001 Mind and Meaning
HG2003 Phonetics and Phonology
HG2020 Language in Society
HG2034 Structure of Modern English

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

Minimum 1 from HG3000 level, and minimum 2 from HG4000 level.

Click here for the list of Linguistics & Multilingual Studies MPEs.

III. Inter-Major Prescribed Electives

8 AUs
Students must clear at least 8 AUs from the Inter-Major Prescribed Electives listed below. 
(Note: Courses listed as Inter-Major PEs can be counted as Major PEs)

Inter-Major PE offerings from Chinese:
HC2018 Book Culture, Chinese Print History, and Technology (Cat A)
HC2050 Chinese Lexicology (Cat C)
HC2053 Varieties of Chinese (Cat C)
HC2054 Understanding Classical Chinese Texts (Cat C)
HC2055 Foundations of Interactional Analysis in Chinese (Cat C)
HC2062 Chinese-language Cultural Production in Singapore (Cat D)
HC3050 Sound and Prosody in Chinese (Cat C)
HC4021 Hong Kong Literature and Culture in Global perspective (Cat A)
HC4050 Chinese Semantics (Cat C) HC4051 Text, Rhetoric and Style (Cat C)
HC4052 Special Topics in Chinese Linguistics H (Cat C)
HC4055 Chinese Language Acquisition (Cat C)
HC4056 Chinese Semasiology (Cat C)
HC4058 Chinese Language and Grammatical Theories (Cat C)
HC4059 Chinese-English Contrastive Linguistics (Cat C)
HC4080 Advanced Interactional Analysis in Chinese (Cat C)

Inter-Major PE offerings from Linguistics & Multilingual Studies:
HG2001 Morphology and Syntax
HG2014 Second Language Acquisition
HG3005 Research Methods in Linguistics II - Statistical Analysis 
HG3016 Language and Cognition in Bilingualism and Multilingualism 
HG4014 Designing interactive environments for learning
HG4015 Psycholinguistics
HG4024 Social Theories and Language 
HG4041 Theories of Grammar
HG4047 Pragmatic Theory
HG4051 Corpus Linguistics
HG4052 Speech Synthesis and Recognition 
HG4062 Language, Culture and Society in Southeast Asia

Graduates in this double major can look forward to careers in the private and public sectors where in-depth knowledge of Chinese language and culture are required. Some of these are the civil service, education, business management, public relations, journalism, publishing, translation, communication, marketing, advertising, language teaching, curriculum development, translation/interpreting, computer industry (especially machine translation, speech recognition and natural language processing), lexicography, language documentation, speech therapy, as well as theatre and the arts. Graduates from this programme may also pursue academic interests at the MA and PhD levels.