Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Double Major - Chinese and English

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 English (ELH) and Chinese (CHIN), benefiting from the expertise and resources of the two disciplines from the School of Humanities (SoH).

For English, students will focus both on traditional historical periods and on contemporary innovative approaches to the subject. Specialisations offered include all the major literary periods, Singaporean and Asian literatures, critical and literary theory, cultural studies, film studies, drama, postmodernism, and gender studies.

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

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): 

CNEL curriculum

*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

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. English Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]
HL1001 Introduction to Literature
HL1002 Survey of English Literature I
HL1003 Survey of English Literature II
HL1005 Introduction to Singapore Literature

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

Choose at least TWO from Category A (including at least one of the following: HL2001, HL2002, HL2003, HL2004). Choose ONE each from Categories B, C, and D and the remaining AUs from any category. (At least THREE courses must be of HL4xxx.) 

Note to English Literature Double Majors: 
For the remaining 2 courses not specified in the Category requirements, besides courses from Cat A to D, you can choose the following uncategorised courses to count towards your Major Prescribed Electives:

  • HL1006 Introduction to American Literature
  • HL2024 ​Approaches to Literature

Category A: Period Studies (Choose at least two electives)

Click here for the list of courses under Cat A.

Category B: World Literatures (Choose at least one elective)
Click here for the list of courses under Cat B.

Category C: Theory, Culture, and Film (Choose at least one elective)
Click here for the list of courses under Cat C.

Category D: Special Interest Areas (Choose at least one elective)
Click here for the list of courses under Cat D.



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:
HC2010 Classical Chinese Fiction (Cat A)
HC2011 Tang Poetry (Cat A)
HC2014 Chinese Theatre and Performance (Cat A)
HC2018 Book Culture, Chinese Print History, and Technology (Cat A)
HC2062 Chinese-language Cultural Production in Singapore (Cat D)
HC3011 Studies of Su Shi's Literature and Art (Cat A)
HC3019 Aesthetics of the South (Cat A)
HC4015 Special Topics in Classical Chinese Literature​ (Cat A)
HC4021 Hong Kong Literature and Culture in Global perspective (Cat A)
HC4023 Fiction and Society in Contemporary China (Cat A)

Inter-Major PE offerings from English:​
HL2008 Singapore Literature and Culture (Cat B)
HL2009 Southeast Asian Literature and Culture (Cat B)
HL2044 Introduction to Publishing (Cat D)
HL2045 Workshop in Theatre Practice (Cat C)
HL3016 Gender and Sexuality Studies (Cat C )
HL3040 Gender and Diversity (Cat C )
HL4009 Popular Literature and Culture (Cat C)
HL4010 Feminist Studies (Cat C )
HL4013 Advanced Studies in Literature & Culture  (Cat D)
HL4037 Writing the Self  (Cat D)
HI3001 1984: Past, Present, Prophecy​​  (Cat D)


Graduates in this double major programme will develop key transferable skills highly prized by employers. With their training in the English Literature component of the programme, students will be equipped with an outstanding command of the language, and they are skilled in analysing critical narratives both within and beyond the literary realm. They are trained in all aspects of English literary studies with some comparative and cross-cultural components and features. English graduates can look forward to careers that require analytical skills and strong language proficiency. Along with the Linguistics and Multi-lingual component of the programme, graduates in Chinese are bilingual and bicultural and have strong training in the comprehension of classical and modern texts. They are also knowledgeable in the fields of Chinese literature, culture, history, philosophy, linguistics, etc. Being exposed to a wide range of knowledge and methodologies, our graduates specialise not only in their selected areas within the traditional disciplines of Chinese language and literature, but also in interdisciplinary studies such as contemporary Chinese politics, society, urban culture, and international relations.

Potential job sectors include careers in education, journalism, media and marketing, advertising, publishing, human resources, management, 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. Graduates of the ELH-CHIN programme 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, as well as theatre and the arts. Graduates from the programme are also well-positioned to pursue their academic interests at the MA and PhD levels.

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