Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) in Double Major - Economics and Public Policy & Global Affairs

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. 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 Economics and Public Policy and Global Affairs, benefiting from the expertise and resources of both programmes from the School of Social Sciences(SSS).

The Economics curriculum offers opportunities to pursue specializations in both the traditional, as well as contemporary areas such as micro- and macro-economics, growth and development, labour economics, financial economics, environmental economics, health economics and behavioural economics.

The Public Policy and Global Affairs curriculum focuses on public administration, public policy, Singapore politics and government, public organisation and management, comparative public administration, government budgeting and financial management, human resource management, international relations, public service ethics, and programme evaluation. The aim is to provide students with a general understanding of and exposure to the field of Public Administration and Public Policy. It complements the relevant curriculum in fields such as Economics by introducing the economics rationales behind policy decisions and policy impact in the context of economics.

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 H2 Level Mathematics
  • A good grade in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry/H1 Level History/English Literature/Geography

For International Baccalaureate Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in Mathematics at Higher Level
  • A good grade in English at Standard Level

For NUS High School Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • Major CAP of 2.0 in Mathematics
  • Good Overall CAP in English Language

For International Students & Students with other qualifications:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in Mathematics at Senior High School Level
  • 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. Economics Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]
HE1001 Microeconomics Principles
HE1002 Macroeconomics Principles 
HE2001 Intermediate Microeconomics 
HE2002 Intermediate Macroeconomics 

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

1. Compulsory Courses:
     HE1004 Mathematics for Economists I
     HE2003 Econometrics I
     HE3001 Microeconomics III
     HE3002 Macroeconomics III
     HE3003 Econometrics II
     MH1820 Probability & Introduction to Statistics

2. Two (2) HE4XXX courses [8 AUs]

Click here for full list of Economics MPEs and course description.

II. Public Policy & Global Affairs Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]
HA1001 Introduction to International Relations and Foreign Policy
HA1002 Introduction to Political Theory
HA1003 Introduction to Public Administration and Policy
HA1012 Fundamentals of Politics

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

1. Two (2) HA2/3XXX courses [6 AUs]
2. Five (5) HA4XXX courses [20 AUs]

Politics and International Relations
HA2003 Politics and Government in Southeast Asia
HA2004 Theories in International Relations
HA2005 Contemporary Political Theory
HA2015 China in Africa
HA2017 Foreign Policy Analysis
HA2026 American Foreign Policy
HA2027 Statistical analysis for public affairs II
HA3004 United States and East Asia
HA3005 Politics of the Developing World
HA3014 Singapore's Foreign Policy
HA3015 Media and Politics
HA3016 China's Foreign Policy
HA3020 Justice
HA3022 The Origins of Modern Political Thought
HA3023 International Security
HA3024 China’s Re-emergence in World Politics
HA3025 The Politics and Practice of International Diplomacy​
HA3027 Comparative Regional Security Institutions: From Asia to Africa
HA3028 Political Parties and Elections
HA3029 China and Southeast Asia in the 21st Century
HA3080 Special Topics in Public Policy
HA3090 Special Topics in Global Affairs
HA4001 ASEAN in the 21st Century
HA4012 Challenging Issues in Singapore
HA4013 Advanced Topics in Democratic Theory: Democracy and Division
HA4014 European Union
HA4021 Comparative Politics in Asia
HA4022 International Politics of the Asia-Pacific
HA4033 Political Theory and Psychoanalysis
HA4038 Critical International Theory​
HA4039 Knowledge Politics
HA4041 Film and Political Theory
HA4042 Grand Strategy: From Great Powers to Small Powers in Asia
HA4043 Japanese Foreign Policy
HA4045 Policy Analysis in Practice
HA4046 Culture, Arts and Politics
HA4064 Model United Nations
HA4065 Crisis Diplomacy
HA4066 War in Film
HA4071 Religion in Plural Societies: Violence, Peace, and Identity

Public Policy and Public Administration
HA3029 China and Southeast Asia in the 21st Century
HA3030 Innovation Management and Policy
HA3080 Special Topics in Public Policy
HA3090 Special Topics in Global Affairs
HA4019 Methods in Political Theory
HA4028 Global Perspectives on Politics and Policy
HA4030 Interstate Conflict
Health, Disease Outbreaks and Politics
HA4042 Grand Strategy: From Great Powers to Small Powers in Asia
HA4043 Japanese Foreign Policy
HA4045 Policy Analysis in Practice
HU2002 Urban Life and Urban Planning



​III. Inter-Major Prescribed Electives

Students must clear at least 8 AUs from the Inter-Major Prescribed Electives listed below. 
(Note: Only HE4042, HE4043, HE4044 and HE4103 can be counted as Major PEs)

Inter-Major PE offerings from Economics:
HE3004 Mathematical Economist II
HE3010 Money and Banking
HE3012 Financial Economics
HE3013 Economics of Corporate Finance
HE3020 International Economics 
HE3021 Development Economics
HE3022 Public Economics
HE3023 Labour Economics
HE3024 Environmental Economics
HE3025 Health Economics
HE3026 Urban Economics 
HE3027 Housing Economics
HE3031 Industrial Organization & Business Strategies
HE3032 Game Theory 
HE3033 The Chinese Economy
HE3034 Economics of Education
HE3111 Monetary Economics
HE3125 Economics of Mental Health and Well-Being
HE4010 Singapore Economy in a Globalized World
HE4043 Finance & Development
HE4044 Growth Theory & Empirics
HE4203 Panel Data & Policy Analysis

Inter-Major PE offerings from Public Policy & Global Affairs

(Note: Courses listed as Inter-Major PEs can be counted as Major PEs)
HA1011 Politics of Singapore
HU1002 Introduction to Urban Planning
HA2009 The Making of E-government
HA2011 Cost-benefit Analysis in Public Policy
HA2014 Public Organization​ Theory
HA2023 Research Methodology in Social Sciences
HA2024 Statistical Analysis for Public Affairs I
HU2002 Urban Life, Design and Policy
HA3001 Political Analysis of Public Policy 
HA3007 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
HA3010 Mass Media and Public Policy
HA3018 Borderless Migration?
HA3019 East Asian Security
HA3026 Crisis Leadership and Management
HA3032 Urban Politics and Policy-making
HA4006 Public Leadership
HA4011 Public Administration: Past, Present, and Future
HA4017 Economics Issues for Public Decision Making
HA4018 Policy Evaluation
HA4025 Designing and Conducting Qualitative Research
HA4026 Selected Topics in Health Care and Ageing
HA4029 Quantitative Approach to International Relations
HA4031 Human Capital Management in the Government (2 AUs)
HA4032 What is a City?
HA4034 Causal Inference In Policy Evaluation
HA4035 Food Politics and Policies
HA4036 Power in International Relations:  Order and Transition 

Graduates will possess complex problem solving, social perceptiveness and writing skills.  They can develop a career in conducting social research for market research companies or in the public sector, where they can advise decision-makers on relevant programmes, campaigns or policies.

One possible career option is a Political Scientist. Using the critical thinking and analytical skills gained, Political Scientist collect public opinion and election data, look at how the law affects people's daily lives and make insightful predictions about political trends.