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
HC2005 General History of China 
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
HC2015 Coming of Age in Modern China
HC2017 Writing Places: Nativism, Ecology, Politics 
HC3014 Cultural Study of Chinese Cinemas 
HC3015 City and Culture in Modern China 
HC3016 Readings of Classical Chinese Prose 
HC3017 Text and Image Studies
HC3018 Posthumanism in Chinese Literature, Film and Culture
HC4010 Classical Chinese Literary Theory
HC4013 Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Literature
HC4016 Comparative Literature Studies: Theory and Practice 
HC4019 Chinese Literary Canon and Images of Art 
HC4020 Literary Criticism and Critical Theories 
HC4022 Art and Revolution in Modern China

Category B: Chinese History, Thought and China Studies
HC2030 Pre-Qin Thought 
HC2031 Confucian Thought
HC2032 Division and Integration: From the Spring-Autumn/Warring States to Sui, Tang and the Five Dynasties
HC2040 Understanding China
HC2041 Contemporary Chinese Politics and Society
HC3031 Conquering and Conquered Dynasties: From Song to Qing
HC3043 Chinese Ecological Thoughts and Philosophy
HC4030 Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Political Movements 
HC4033 Special Topics in Chinese History and Thought 
HC4035 Western Influences on Modern Chinese Thought 
HC4040 Cross-Taiwan Straits Relations
HC4042 China and Globalisation 
HC4043 Special Topics in Modern China
HC4044 Late Imperial and Modern China: History and Social Change

Category C: Linguistics and Chinese Linguistics
HC1050 The Science of Chinese Characters 
HC1051 Modern Chinese
HC2050 Chinese Lexicology 
HC2052 Language and Society 
HC2053 Varieties of Chinese
HC2054 Understanding Classical Chinese Texts 
HC3050 Sound and Prosody in Chinese 
HC3051 Sociolinguistics and Bilingualism
HC3052 Chinese Language and Grammatical Theories 
HC4050 Chinese Semantics
HC4051 Text, Rhetoric and Style
HC4052 Special Topics in Chinese Linguistics 
HC4055 Chinese Language Acquisition 
HC4056 Chinese Semasiology
HC4057 Conversational Pragmatics in Chinese

Category D: Studies of Ethnic-Chinese
HC1060 History of Singapore and Malaysian Chinese 
HC2060 Chinese Education in Southeast Asia 
HC2061 Chinese Literature in Singapore and Malaysia 
HC3062 Chinese Overseas and China 
HC3063 Critical Study of Singapore Society and Culture 
HC3064 Overseas Chinese in the United States 
HC4060 Globalisation and Chinese Overseas
HC4061 Chinese Migration
HC4062 Special Topics in the Studies of Ethnic-Chinese
HC4063 A Study of Sinophone Culture in Singapore and Malaysia
HC4064 History and Issues: Transcultural Chinese Theatre in Singapore ​

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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)
HL2001 Medieval Literature  
HL2002 Renaissance Literature 
HL2003 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
HL2004 Sensibility and Romanticism 
HL2005 Victorian Literature
HL2006 Modernism 
HL2007 Contemporary Literature and Culture
HL2027 Early American Literature  
HL2028 Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture 
HL2029 American Modernism  
HL2030 Post 1945 American Literature and Culture  
HL4015 Advanced Studies in Medieval Literature   
HL4016 Advanced Studies in Renaissance Literature  
HL4017 Advanced Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature  
HL4018 Advanced Studies in Romanticism  
HL4019 Advanced Studies in Victorian Literature  
HL4020 Advanced Studies in Modernist Literature  
HL4023 Advanced Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature  
HL4024 Advanced Studies in Contemporary Literature
Category B: World Literatures (Choose at least one elective)
HL2012 Asian-American Literature 
HL2022 South Asian Literature 
HL2032 African Literature 
HL2033 Irish Writing: Romanticism to Modernism
HL2041 Asian Historical Fiction 
HL3007 Postcolonial Literature
HL3010 European Literature
HL3014 Latin American Literature
HL3034 Irish Writing: Modernism to the Contemporary
HL3041 Global Cities in World Literature
HL3042 Gothic Literature
HL4030 Scottish Literature
HL4031 Comparative Literature
HL4034 British Asian Literature
HL4038 Advanced Studies in Postcolonial Literature

Category C: Theory, Culture, and Film (Choose at least one elective)
HL2026 Reading Drama
HL3001 Film Theory  
HL3002 Film, Politics and Ethics 
HL3003 Film & Literature  
HL3004 World Cinema  
HL3006 Modern Drama
HL3037 The Environment and Cultural Production 
HL3038 Theatre of the Absurd
HL4005 Literary Criticism  
HL4008 Postcolonial Studies  
HL4012 Advanced Studies in Drama   
HL4014 Advanced Studies in Film
HL4042 Being Human in Film and Literature
HL4044 The Literary History of Virtual Reality 

Category D: Special Interest Areas (Choose at least one elective)
HI3002 Opera and Literature
HL2015 War in Literature and Film 
HL2020 Creative Writing Workshop
HL2021 Literature of Empire 
HL2036 Virgins and Vixens
HL2040 Adapting Greek Mythology
HL2042 Children's LiteratureHL2043 Fantasy Literature
HL2090 Special Topic in Literature I
HL3011 Science Fiction: Origins to Parody
HL3012 The Discourse of Love 
HL3017 The Rise of the Novel  
HL3024 Contemporary Women’s Writing
HL3030 Major Author Study: Shakespeare  
HL3036 History of the Book   
HL3039 Major Author Study: Samuel Beckett
HL3043 Modernist Soundscapes 
HL3090 Special Topic in Literature III 
HL4028 Science and Literature  
HL4033 Major Author Study: James Joyce
HL4036 Literature and Medicine
HL4039 Advanced Studies in Children's Literature 
HL4040 Literature and Art
HL4041 Studies in Art Criticism and Culture
HL4043 Postmodernism
HL4090 Special Topic in Literature III 

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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 FictionHC2011 Tang Poetry
HC2014 Chinese Theatre and Performance
HC3011 Studies of Su Shi's Literature and Art
HC4015 Special Topics in Classical Chinese Literature​
HC4021 Hong Kong Literature and Culture in Global perspective

Inter-Major PE offerings from English:​
HL2008 Singapore Literature and Culture 
HL2009 Southeast Asian Literature and   Culture
HL3016 Gender and Sexuality Studies
HL3040 Gender and Diversity
HL4009 Popular Literature and Culture
HL4010 Feminist Studies
HL4013 Advanced Studies in Literature & Culture
HL4037 Writing the Self 
HI3001 1984: Past, Present, Prophecy​​


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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