Minors

Besides offering a variety of Major programmes, the College encourages students to pursue a Minor in any of the Major disciplinary areas, as well as subjects that are not offered as a Major, or even one of our exciting Interdisciplinary Minors.

To do a Minor, students are required to complete at least five core courses. These five courses will be counted under the elective requirements of their undergraduate programme.

Art History

The Art History programme, offered as both a second Major and a Minor, is the first of its kind in NTU and in Singapore. Through a study of artworks and monuments from diverse cultural and historical spheres, students will acquire a foundational knowledge of artistic cultures and an understanding of their distinctiveness. Students also develop a preliminary facility for looking at artworks and interpreting them in ways that are methodical, purposeful and informed. 

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Creative Writing

This Minor is for students interested in exploring their creative literary potential. Students learn the techniques necessary for crafting well-made poetry, fiction, drama, and screenplays, and are encouraged to nurture their creative and innovative abilities. The courses comprise workshops that are devoted to literary form and technique, and to the exploration of contemporary trends.

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Modern Languages 

Completing the Minor in Modern Languages demonstrates an appreciation of foreign cultures and an interest in the world beyond. A minor in a foreign language (French, German, Japanese, Korean, or Spanish) will enable students to acquire higher-level language skills and to perceive areas of their specialisation in a new light. These qualities provide extra dimensions for career opportunities in the private industry, the non-profit and government sectors, as well as for graduate school or academic careers. This minor also adds an important credential to CVs and can greatly improve employment prospects.

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Photography 


The Minor in Photography in NTU is open to non-ADM undergraduate students interested in studying and practicing the art of photography.

 

Embarking on this course you will explore photographic artworks in-depth, looking at composition and context, cultural and historical backgrounds and influences, developing a knowledge of the aesthetic values behind lens-based art and its distinctive qualities.

 

Through classes that integrate technical aspects with aesthetic concerns, you will acquire the technical and creative skills necessary for production, and have the opportunity to explore your own creative approach to making photographic images. Through this practice you will learn to think and express yourself visually. This Minor will be beneficial for those who want to develop their photography skills and knowledge at a higher level, as well as those interested in careers in the arts, journalism, communications, fashion and media.

 

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Translation

Students will learn about the various aspects of translation including the context of its historical development, the leading theories and the principles of translation from both Western and Asian schools. Students will also learn the basic techniques of translation, and be exposed to three specialized areas of translation (Mass Media, Business, and Science and Technology), and explore the use of translation strategies for these texts.

 

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The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) believes in cultivating intellectual curiosity among our students. One of our approaches is to allow students to explore and pursue interdisciplinary minors that cross the boundaries of the various disciplines.

If students find that their interests fall outside traditional divisional or school lines, HASS offers the following interdisciplinary Minors, drawing on the courses from the School of Art, Design and Media, School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. An interdisciplinary Minor is a great option for motivated students who are looking to enrich their education experience.

Environmental concerns have dominated the studies of science and engineering in the past few decades, but to a lesser extent in humanities subjects. In an era when climate change, natural disasters and environmental problems have intensified and increasingly characterized our everyday life, it is crucial to place the humanities back into the environment.

Environmental Humanities (EH) has emerged as a fast expanding interdisciplinary area of research and study in the recent decade, as evident in the growing number in both degree programmes and the establishments of research institutes, in universities worldwide. Most of these initiatives rely on interdisciplinary collaborations, such as the intersection of a range of academic disciplines ranging from environmental history, philosophy and aesthetics, environmental literature studies (ecocriticism); critical animal studies; to environmental psychology, sociology, eco-linguistics, environmental communications and media studies, among other sub-disciplines. 

This EH minor programme aims to bring all these disciplines together so as to expose inherent problems of the existing intellectual boundaries that hinder innovative and pluralistic environmental thinking and practices. We believe in the importance of thinking beyond boundaries, and destabilizing the clear divides of nature/culture; East/West; human/nonhuman; science/humanities; in order to promote consilient thinking that redefines our relationships with the environment.

Minor in Environmental Humanities Coordinator
- Chu Kiu-wai: School of Humanities

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The Minor in Film at NTU is an interdisciplinary program drawing on courses from the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS), comprising School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), School of Humanities (SoH), School of Social Sciences (SSS), and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI). Thus, Film at NTU draws on the expertise and talents of faculty from across the College curriculum, offers a varied conceptual and academic focus, and a wide range of courses, ensuring students are able to work towards a coherent academic programme while simultaneously pursuing their primary degree subject. Film is an important discipline within the College, and of growing importance within Singapore and the South East Asian Region.

Overview of the Programme
What is Film? How do we understand it? How does it provoke our responses? These three questions guide our courses in film. Through close textual analysis (rhetorically and grammatically), we examine how film figures and displays meaning. Across the three schools students have the opportunity to approach Film from a variety of approaches, including film-making, film criticism, film theory, and the history of film, and to respond to film in aesthetic, ethical and cultural contexts, among others.

Key Aspects of the Programme
The Minor in Film builds on the culture of interdisciplinary learning and research at NTU and represents an important component to undergraduate studies and other HASS majors. Specifically a Minor in Film enables students to:

  • Develop insights into the dynamics of imaging the world
  • Learn the skills to analyse film in many theoretical contexts
  • Understand developments in film by studying relationships between the production, distribution, exhibition and reception of movies and their historical circumstances.
  • Develop the necessary critical language to formulate responses to film
  • Learn a variety of skills that will enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the arts, film and cultural industries in Singapore 


The Minor in Film compliments existing degree programmes at NTU. It encourages cross-school academic work, and ultimately cross-college engagement. As well, it also allows students to pursue research into areas concerned with New Media.


Selection Criteria
All undergraduate students of NTU will be eligible to take the minor. Students must read and passed FL8001 (min grade of B) first before reading other electives in the minor basket and continue in the minor programme.

Graduation Requirements
Students wishing to take the Minor in Film will need to pass the core subject AND at least four other courses from the table below.

1 Core
  • FL8001 Introduction to Film Studies
 
4 Unrestricted Electives
ADM
  • DF2000 Film Production 1
  • DF2001 Film Editing
  • DF2003 Cinematography 1
  • DT2007 History and Culture of Animation, VFX and Game
  • DF2009 History of World Cinema
  • DF2011 Sound for Film
  • DF3001 Cinematography for Visual Effects
  • DF3002 Documentary Filmmaking
  • DF3010 Experimental Film Production
  • DF3012 Film Directing
  • DF3013 Producing for Film and Media
  • DF8000 Survey of Experimental Film
SoH/Chinese
  • HC3014 Cultural Study of Chinese Cinemas (in Mandarin)
  • HT9202 Introduction to Audiovisual Translation (in Mandarin)
  • HC9016 Chinese Cinemas: Methods and Issues (to be taught in English)
SoH/English
  • HL2011 Representations of Asia
  • HL2015 War in Literature and Film
  • HL2037 History of Film
  • HL3001 Film Theory
  • HL3002 Film, Politics and Ethics
  • HL3003 Film & Literature
  • HL3004 World Cinema
  • HL4014 Advanced Studies in Film
SoH/History
  • HH4015 Film: A Global History
WKWSCI
  • CS2027 Genre and Narrative Strategies
  • CS4053 Popular Cinema
  • CS4054 Asian Cinema
  • CS4068 Issues in Cinema Studies
  • CS2300 Acting and Directing for TV and Film
  • CS4026 Documentary Film and TV: Concepts and Applications
  • CS4027 Narrative Film and TV: Concepts and Applications
  • CS4079 Issues in Cinema Studies: Cinema and Social Currents
  • CS4260 Film Festivals: History and Theory
  • CS4265 Global Film Culture: Hollywood and the West
  • CS4266 Global Film Culture: Non-Western Cinema
  • CS4312 Women in Film and TV Industries
  • CS8900 Global Cinema

 

Students can take any ONE of the following as part of the minor:

  • DF2005 Writing For Film (ADM)
  • HZ9205 Creative Writing: Screenwriting (SoH)
  • CS4024 Writing for Cinema and TV (WKWSCI)

Minor in Film Coordinators
The Minor in Film coordinators are drawn from ADM and WKWSCI. Currently, they include:
- Peer Sathikh: School of Art, Design and Media
- Stephen Teo: Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information

This Minor crosses a range of disciplines in which students can engage imaginatively and innovatively with issues of identity formation and diversity as they impact upon their experience of the world around them. It will reflect upon historical engagements with gendered identities, constructions of gendered selves in language, the impact of online culture and virtual reality on identity formation, and the representation of gender and diversity in literature and literary theory. 

 

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The Minor in Geography and Urban Planning (GUP) at NTU is a program that introduces students to spatial thinking about our contemporary societies, urban development and the physical environment. GUP is based in the School of Social Sciences (SSS) in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) but actively cross-lists elective courses from the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), School of Humanities (SoH), Asia School for the Environment (ASE) and National Institute of Education (NIE).

Overview of the Programme
Space plays a critical role in shaping societal and environmental changes. Its influence in ordering growth, ways of life and politics of development is often invisible but significant. As many parts of the world enter into urbanization and the urban way of life, our relationship with space is intensified. GUP’s distinctive focus is to introduce and equip undergraduate students with a set of spatial lenses to understand and analyse society and its organization. For this purpose, GUP draws on multiple disciplines including sociology, political science, history, art, ecology and policy to develop students’ appreciation and awareness that the role of space plays in shaping urban life, public discourses and policy decisions.

Key Aspects of the ProgrammeA key aspect of the Minor in Geography and Urban Planning is the opportunity it offers students to develop a theory-practice framework to understand our contemporary societies and cities. Courses in Geography enrich students with a theoretical understanding of space, while courses in Urban Planning enable students to learn how to effect practical change to urban spaces. Therefore, we envision the GUP program to equip graduates with the capability to critically address the problems of contemporary societies and to creatively pursue possibilities for alternative urban futures.  

RequirementsAll undergraduate students of HASS will be eligible to take the minor. Students will read 5 courses or at least 15 AUs in total for this programme, including the core compulsory course (HU1001 Introduction to Geography OR HU1002 Introduction to Urban Planning) AND at least 4 other courses from the list of unrestricted electives listed in the table below.

HU1001 Introduction to Geography (New title, w.e.f AY2021) and HU1002 Introduction to Urban Planning will serve as a co-requisite to all unrestricted electives in the GUP minor basket i.e., Students can enroll the core course alongside other minor electives. Students will read the courses below as Unrestricted Electives (UE) and using them to double-count towards 2 Minor programmes will not be allowed.

1 CoreChoose any ONE course from the following:

·         HU1001: Introduction to Geography - new title w.e.f AY2021
          (old title 'Introduction to Geography and Urban Planning')
·         HU1002: Introduction to Urban Planning
 ​
4 Unrestricted Electives (Choose any FOUR courses from the following)
Geography and Urban Planning·         HU2002: Urban Life, Design and Policy
·         HU2003: The Geographies of Uneven Development
·         HU2004: Borders, Power, and Culture 
·         HU3032: Urban Politics and Policy-making
·         HA4032: What is a City?
          (only students with prerequisite of either HU1002 or HU2002 can enroll)
Asian School Of Environment·         ES1001: Environment and Society 
·         ES2202: Global Environment Politics and Governance
NIE Geography·         AAG10C Techniques in Geography
·         AAG10A Elements of Physical Geography
          (This module is a pre-requisite to join NIE for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programmes)
·         AAG23H Introduction to GIS
·         AAG23B Remote Sensing
Art, Design and Media·         DD3008: Cities, Bodies, Memories, Art and Everyday Life in Contemporary Singapore
History
(only 1 History course may be taken)

·         HH2001: Singapore: The Making of a Cosmopolitan City-State
·         HH3028: Global History of Capitalism
 
PPGA
(only 1 PPGA course may be taken)
·         HA2003: Politics and Government in Southeast Asia
·         HA3005: Politics of the Developing World
·         HA3018: Borderless Migration?  
Sociology
(only 1 Sociology course may be taken)
·         HS2007: Understanding Globalization
·         HS2008: Social Class and Inequality
·         HS2013: Migration and Multiculturalism
·         HS2023: Environmental Sociology

Minor in Geography and Urban Planning Coordinators
Felicity Chan: felicitychan@ntu.edu.sg
Ian Rowen: ian@ntu.edu.sg
Ye Junjia: jjye@ntu.edu.sg

 

Minor in Global Asia

Asia is the world’s most populous continent, with many vibrant economies. It has 48 independent countries, 6 partially recognized countries and another 6 dependencies/special administrative regions. It has the 2nd largest nominal GDP in the world, after the continent of Europe and contains 1st World as well as 3rd World countries. In particular, the continent is dominated by 3 giants, namely China, India and Indonesia. With their healthy economic growth, these 3 countries will be the driving force of Asia’s rise in the 21st century. As Singapore’s future is extremely dependent on the performance of our Asian neighbors, it is hence timely that NTU offers a new Minor programme focusing on Asian Studies and Asia’s role in the world today, in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It is hoped that the new Minor will enhance our students’ knowledge in a wide aspect of Asia, from economics to media to art history.

Overview of the Programme
By drawing upon courses offered by divisions in the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Art, Design and Media and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, students will engage with the social, economic, cultural, and technological aspects of Asia in the global environment and in diverse settings. The courses included cover areas of economics, psychology, sociology, English literature, philosophy, public administration, history, linguistics, media and journalism and art.  This Minor will be made available to all NTU students in Semester 1, AY2013/14.

Selection Criteria
All undergraduate students of HASS will be eligible to take the minor.

Graduation Requirements
Students will have to read 5 courses totaling at least 15 AUs in courses for this programme. They need to read ONE or TWO compulsory courses and THREE or FOUR other electives from 3 sub-groups below.

There will be a selection of compulsory and elective courses to choose from. Courses in Sub Group A are offered by the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences, courses in Sub Group B are offered by the School of Art, Design and Media, while those in Sub Group C are offered by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information.

Students will read the courses below as Unrestricted Electives (UE) and using them to double-count towards 2 Minor programmes will not be allowed.

Compulsory courses
(Students need to read ONE or

TWO courses from the following)   
·         HL1005:  Singapore Literature and Culture I
·         HH1002:  Asia-Pacific in Global History: Pre-1800
·         HH1003:  Asia-Pacific in Global History: From 1800
·         HS1002:  Singapore Society in Transition
·         HA3014:  Singapore’s Foreign Policy
Sub Group A - Humanities and
Social Sciences
 
(Students to take AT LEAST ONE course)
 
·         HL2010: East Asian Literature
·         HE2015: Macroeconomic Issues and Policies in Contemporary China
·         HE3003: The Chinese Economy
·         HS3050: Society and Culture in SouthEast Asia
·         HG3020: Language Planning and Policy
·         HG2032: Globalization and World Englishes
·         HY2003: Chinese Philosophy
·         HA2006: The Rise of China
·         HA3016: China’s Foreign Policy
·         HP3902: Psychology in the Asian Context
Sub Group B - Art
(Students to take AT LEAST ONE course)
 
·         DD2010: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
·         DD3010: Issues in Global Contemporary Art
·         DD3011: Contemporary South-East Asian Art
·         DD3022: Art in the Age of Colonialism
·         DD8006: The Modern and Modernism in Southeast Asian Art
·         DD9010: Imag(in)ing the Silk Road
Sub Group C - Media, Journalism
and Communications

(Students to take AT LEAST ONE course)

 
·         CS2051: Comparative Press Systems
·         CS2022: Multimedia Writing in Chinese
·         CS0209: Media Law, Ethics and Policies (focus on Singapore’s media law)
·         CS4015: Multimedia News and Feature Writing in Chinese
·         CS4054: Asian Cinema
·         CS4017: Specialised Journalism: Public Affairs
·         CS4061: Global Media Issues and Policy
·         CS4160: The Korean Wave: A Multidisciplinary Perspective

 

The understanding of the manifold relationships between science and society is the goal of the interdisciplinary field of “Science, Technology, and Society.” Drawing on history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, media and communication studies, and other fields, this minor will seek to introduce undergraduate students to ways of thinking about science and technology from a range of social and humanist perspectives. As a “technological” University with growing strengths in the humanities and social sciences, “Science, Technology, and Society” should form a critical part of both scientific, engineering, and social science education. Scientists and engineers need to be equipped to think about technical problems, from a range of points of view, including a social science perspective. Likewise, students of the humanities and social sciences should be able to get a better grasp of the technosciences and how they impact our lives and society.   The aim of this minor, then, is to build an intellectual bridge between the humanities, social sciences, and the natural science and engineering and to educate provide ways for all students to develop ways of thinking creatively and innovatively about science, technology, and its role in the world.  NTU is in a particularly good position to offer this minor and develop its strengths in “Science, Technology, and Society.”

Students will have to read 5 courses of at least 15 AUs in total for this programme. There will be a core compulsory course (ST9001: Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society), and four other courses from list of courses below.

The compulsory course is designed to provide students with essential knowledge under this Minor in Science, Technology and Society (STS).  In lieu of the existing prerequisites, ST9001 Introduction to Science, Technology and Society will serve as a co-requisite to all STS courses. Students who have declared their intent to read the Minor will then be able to take STS courses even if they do not have the necessary course-based prerequisites.

Students will read the courses below as Unrestricted Electives (UE), and using them to double-count towards two Minor programmes will not be allowed.


1 Core Course ·         ​ST9001: Introduction to Science, Technology and Society
4 Unrestricted Electives (any four courses from this list)
History ·         HH2015: Biopolitics and East Asian History
·         HH2017: History of Information Technology
·         HH3019: History of the Body
·         HH3010: Biotechnology and Society
Philosophy ·         HY3010: Philosophy of Science
·         HY3012: Philosophy of Technology
·         HY3005: Great Ideas and Innovations
English ·         HL4028: Science and Literature
Sociology ·         HS2019: Sociology of Science and Technology
·         HS3014: Health, Medicine and Society
·         HS3058: Ethical and Social Implications of Genomic Science
·         HS4019: Body, Self and Society
Psychology ·         HP4201: Technology and Social Behavior
Public Policy and Global Affairs ·         HA3011: Science, technology and public policy

Communication Studies ·         CS2059: Social Consequences of Mobile Communication
·         CS4043: Specialised Journalism: Science & Health
·         CS4321: Digital Inclusion and Disability: Technology, Inclusive Design, and Social Futures