Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Double Major - Chinese 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 Linguistics and Multilingual Studies (LMS) and Chinese (CHN), benefiting from the expertise and resources of both Programmes within the School of Humanities (SoH).

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

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
  • 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): 

*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
HC2010 Classical Chinese Fiction
HC2011 Tang Poetry
HC2014 Chinese Theatre and Performance
HC2015 Coming of Age in Modern China
HC2017 Writing Places: Nativism, Ecology, Politics
HC3011 Studies of Su Shi's Literature and Art
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
HC4015 Special Topics in Classical 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
HC2052 Language and Society
HC3051 Sociolinguistics and Bilingualism
HC4056 Chinese Semasiology

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. Linguistics and 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)
HG2002 Semantics and Pragmatics
HG2010 Bilingualism and Multilingualism
HG2012 Cognitive Linguistics
HG2013 Child Language
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
HG2031 History of English
HG2032 Globalization and World Englishes
HG2033 Introduction to Conversation Analysis
HG2051 Language and the Computer
HG2053 Language Modeling
HG2092 Analysing Spoken Discourse
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
HG2096 What's in a text? - Analyzing Written Discourse
HG2097 What's in a Name? - A General Introduction to Etymology
HG2099 Languages of the World 

HG3000 level (3 AUs each)
HG3010 Language and Communication Disorders
HG3012 Deaf Culture and Sign Language 
HG3017 Advanced Study of Language and Literacy in Infancy 
HG3021 Language Change
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
HG4013 Multilingualism Across the Lifespan
HG4020 Languages in Contact
HG4021 Language Shift and Maintenance
HG4022 Forensic Linguistics
HG4023 Language Planning and Policy
HG4025 Linguistic Ethnography
HG4028 A Wor(l)d in Motion: the sociolinguistics of globalization 
HG4030 Conversation Analysis
HG4031 Multimodality in Situated Contexts
HG4033 Advanced Conversation Analysis
HG4040 Phonological Theory
HG4042 How and Why Languages Differ
HG4043 Language Universals and Language Types 
HG4044 Language Evolution
HG4045 Field Methods: Structure of a Language
HG4046 Malay Linguistics 2 - Dialectology and Language Contact 
HG4048 Comparative Chinese Dialectology 
HG4049 Semantic Analysis
HG4050 Machine Translation
HG4053 Grammar Engineering
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

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:
HC2050 Chinese Lexicology
HC2053 Varieties of Chinese
HC2054 Understanding Classical Chinese Texts
HC3050 Sound and Prosody in Chinese
HC3052 Chinese Language and Grammatical Theories
HC4021 Hong Kong Literature and Culture in Global perspective
HC4050 Chinese Semantics
HC4051 Text, Rhetoric and Style
HC4052 Special Topics in Chinese Linguistics H
HC4055 Chinese Language Acquisition
HC4056 Chinese ​Semasiology
HC4057 Conversational Pragmatics in Chinese 

Inter-Major PE offerings from Linguistics & Multilingual Studies:
HG2001 Morphology and Syntax
HG2014 Second Language Acquisition
HG2052 Language, Technology and the Internet
HG3005 Research Methods in Linguistics II - Statistical Analysis 
HG3016 Language and Cognition in Bilingualism and Multilingualism 
HG4015 Psycholinguistics
HG4024 Social Theories and Language 
HG4041 Theories of Grammar
HG4047 Pragmatic Theory
HG4051 Corpus Linguistics
HG4052 Speech Synthesis and Recognition 
HG4062 Language, Culture and Society in Southeast Asia

Graduates in this double major 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, communication, marketing, advertising, language teaching, curriculum development, translation/interpreting, computer industry (especially machine translation, speech recognition and natural language processing), lexicography, language documentation, speech therapy, as well as theatre and the arts. Graduates from this programme may also pursue academic interests at the MA and PhD levels.

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