Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Double Major - History 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 LMS and history, benefiting from the expertise and resources of both programmes.

The History Programme seeks to train students to not only think critically but also to apply interdisciplinary methods to identify and address contemporary problems from historical perspectives. History graduates will master the secondary literature in their chosen areas of study, engage in independent research, exercise critical judgment about the texts that they encounter, and communicate their findings in a well-reasoned and scholarly manner.

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
  • 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 English 

For NUS High School Diploma holders:

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

For International Students & Students with other qualifications:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in General Paper/English at Senior High School Level
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. History Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]
HH1001 What is History?
HH1002 Asia-Pacific in Global History: Pre-1800 or HH1003 Asia-Pacific in Global History: From 1800
HH1004 Science and Technology in Historical Perspective 
HH3001 Historiography: Theory and Methods

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

Choose at least 2 courses at HH3XXX, and 3 courses at HH4XXX.
Choose at least one course from 3 of the 4 categories.​

​​Applied History
HH1025 World Archaeology
HH1125 History and Archaeology: An Introduction
HH2125 The World in 12 Objects
HH3022 World War II and Southeast Asia
HH3031 The United States and the Modern Middle East
HH3043 China's Cultural Revolution as History and Memory
HH4015 Film: A Global History
HH4021 Public & Applied History
HH4027 Propaganda: History, theories and practices
HH4125 Colonial Archaeology of Southeast Asia

Global Asia
HH1008 The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia 
HH2001 Singapore: The Making of a Cosmopolitan City-State
HH2005 Foundations of East Asia
HH2009 China in Revolution and Reform 
HH2011 Ancient and Medieval South Asia 
HH2024 History of the Malay World: Present identities, Past histories 
HH2025 The World of Southeast Asia to 1600 
HH2030 Ascetics and Aesthetics of Medieval Japan
HH2031 History of Food in China 
HH3003 Migration and Diaspora: Chinese Experiences in Comparative Perspective 
HH3007 Southeast Asian-China Interactions 
HH3008 Modern South ​Asia
HH3020 Introduction to Korean History
HH3023 Burma/Myanmar: A History 
HH3027 A History of Modern Indonesia 
HH3036 South Asia and the World 
HH3044 Heritage Medicine in Singapore: Malay and Chinese Traditions
HH4003 The Silk Road: Old and New 
HH4012 Intellectual History of Modern China 
HH4013 The 'Big Man' and Political Legitimation in Southeast Asia 
HH4017 Defining the Nation: India on the Eve of Independence
HH4023 The United States and Southeast Asia in the Twentieth Century  
HH4090 Special Topics in History – Global Asia 

​​Interdisciplinary History
HH2015 Biopolitics and East Asian History 
HH2017 History of Information Technology 
HH2020 Science and War 
HH2023 Reading in the History of Health and Medicine 
HH2026 Health, Food, and Sports in Modern Korean History 
HH2027 Blood, Germs, and Sick Bodies: Biomedi​​cine in History
HH3002 Science, Technology, and Medicine in Modern East Asia 
HH3004 Comparative Business History ​
HH3010 Biotechnology and Society 
HH3013 Comparative History of Race Science 
HH3018 The Environmental History of Oceans 
HH3028 Global History of Capitalism 
HH3030 The Apocalypse in Western History 
HH3033 Buddhism: A Social and Intellectual History 
HH3034 Ascetism: The Discipline of Desire 
HH3040 History of Chinese Medicine 
HH3044 Heritage Medicine in Singapore: Malay and Chinese Traditions
HH4006 The Green Earth: Issues in ​Environmental History 
HH4020 Science, Technology, and Science Fiction 
HH4022 Colonial combination of Western and folk-based medical practices in Singapore 
HH4024 Lineage, Ritual, and the State in Asia 
HH4025 History of Disease: Human Evolution, Disease and Health 
HH4028 Tantric South Asia: Politics, Aesthetics, Religion
HH4091 Special Topics in History - Interdisciplinary History 
HI3001 1984: Past, Present, Prophecy 

World History
HH1006 The West in Global History
HH1010 US History to 1865
HH1011 US History since 1865
HH2004 The Islamicate World
HH2006 Modern European History
HH2021 Race, Gender, Class and Colonial Power 
HH3006 US Foreign Relations History
HH3009 Comparative History of Global Migration
HH3012 The United States and the Vietnam Wars
HH3024 Decolonisation and Democracy: Britain since 1945
HH3025 The Cultural, Social and Economic History of Football 
HH3035 Empire and Decolonization
HH3037 Politics of Popular Culture
HH3039 Maritime Asia in the Longue Duree
HH4007 An International History of the Cold War
HH4010 Anticolonial Resistance in the British Empire
HH4011 Slavery and Forced Labour in the Indian Ocean World
HH4014 A Global History of Death
HH4016 Topics in World History
HH4026 Decolonisation of the British Empire in Asia and Africa
HH4092 Special Topics in History – World History 

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II. Linguistics & 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.

HG2000 level (3 AUs each)
HG2001 Morphology and Syntax
HG2002 Semantics and Pragmatics
HG2010 Bilingualism and Multilingualism  
HG2012 Cognitive Linguistics
HG2013 Child Language
HG2014 Second Language Acquisition
HG2015 Investigating Literacy as Social Textual Practice 
HG2016 Language and Music
HG2017 Father-and-Mother Tongues: Languages of SE Asia 
HG2021 Intercultural Communication
HG2023 Language and Gender
HG2024 X‐Rated Linguistics: Language, Sexuality and Desire 
HG2025 Delectable Tongues: Language and Food
HG2027 Ecolinguistics: Language and the Environment
HG2030 Reading Development and Disorders
HG2033 Introduction to Conversation Analysis 
HG2051 Language and the Computer
HG2052 Language, Technology and the Internet 
HG2092 Analysing Spoken Discourse
HG2096 What's in a text? - Analyzing Written Discourse
HG2099 Languages of the World​

HG3000 level (3 AUs each)
HG3005 Research Methods in Linguistics II - Statistical Analysis 
HG3010 Language and Communication Disorders
HG3012 Deaf Culture and Sign Language 
HG3016 Language and Cognition in Bilingualism and Multilingualism 
HG3017 Advanced Study of Language and Literacy in Infancy 
HG3022 Sociolinguistics of a Region 
HG3023 Anthropological Linguistics
HG3025 Language Variation
HG3031 Methods in Sociolinguistics 
HG3043 Malay Linguistics 1 - History and Structure 
HG3047 Experimenting with Spoken Language 

HG4000 level (4 AUs each)
HG4011 Language and the Brain 
HG4012 Structure of Sign Language
HG4015 Psycholinguistics
HG4020 Languages in Contact
HG4021 Language Shift and Maintenance 
HG4022 Forensic Linguistics
HG4023 Language Planning and Policy 
HG4024 Social Theories and Language 
HG4025 Linguistic Ethnography
HG4030 Conversation Analysis
HG4031 Multimodality in Situated Contexts 
HG4033 Advanced Conversation Analysis 
HG4040 Phonological Theory
HG4041 Theories of Grammar
HG4042 How and Why Languages Differ
HG4043 Language Universals and Language Types 
HG4045 Field Methods: Structure of a Language
HG4046 Malay Linguistics 2 - Dialectology and Language Contact 
HG4047 Pragmatic Theory
HG4048 Comparative Chinese Dialectology 
HG4049 Semantic Analysis
HG4051 Corpus Linguistics
HG4052 Speech Synthesis and Recognition 
HG4062 Language, Culture and Society in Southeast Asia
HG4063 Advanced World Englishes
​HG4070 Experimental Phonetics
HG4071 The Meat of Speech: The Anatomy and Physiology of Speaking and Hearing​

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III. Inter-Major Prescribed Electives

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 History:
HH2002 Gender in History
HH2007 Health and Illness in History
HH2008 Feasting and Fasting: Food and Drink in History
HH3016 History of Madness
HH3017 World Environmental History
HH3019 History of the Body
HH3032 Science and Religion in History
HH3041 History of Feminism
​HH3042 Climate and Society in Historical Perspective
HH3130 The History of Time
HH4005 Culture and Heritage: Perspectives from History​​

Inter-Major PE offerings from Linguistics & Multilingual Studies:
HG2031 History of English
HG2032 Globalization and World Englishes
HG2093 Discovering Unwritten Stories: A General Introduction to Toponymy and Toponomastics
HG2094 Word of Mouth: Transmission of Oral Culture
HG2095 Codes from the Past: A General Introduction to the History of Cryptography
HG2097 What's in a Name? - A General Introduction to Etymology
HG3021 Language Change
HG4013 Multilingualism Across the Lifespan
HG4028 A Wor(l)d in Motion: the sociolinguistics of globalization
HG4044 Language Evolution




Graduates will develop key transferable skills highly prized by employers, which include research, analysis, and excellent written and verbal communication. They can consider opportunities in the civil service, business management, public relations, journalism, publishing, translation, education, as well as theatre and the arts.

Other career opportunities include archival work, library and information operations, museum curation and management, policy-making, think-tank research, defense and intelligence research, diplomacy, project management, advertising, tourism, language teaching, translation/interpreting, computer industry (especially machine translation, speech recognition and natural language processing), lexicography, language documentation, speech therapy, media and marketing, publishing, human resources, public administration, arts administration, and other creative industries. Graduate will also possess the unique skills to take on positions as public service administrators, language analysts, education and research officers, public campaign organisers and even content development of computer games as potential future career options. Graduates from the programme are also well-positioned to pursue their academic interests at the MA and PhD levels.