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

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 Literature (ELH) and History (HIST), benefiting from the expertise and resources of the two disciplines from the School of Humanities (SoH).

For English Literature, 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.

The History component of the program seeks to train students to not only think critically but also to apply interdisciplinary methods to identify and address contemporary problems from historical perspectives. History graduates will master the secondary literature in their chosen areas of study, engage in independent research, exercise critical judgment about the texts that they encounter, and communicate their findings in a well-reasoned and scholarly manner.

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 General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry/H1 or H2 Level Humanities subject 

For International Baccalaureate Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in SL English 

For NUS High School Diploma holders:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • Good Overall CAP in English Language 

For International Students & Students with other qualifications:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • 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): 

ELHS 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. 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
HL2036 Virgins and Vixens
HL2040 Adapting Greek Mythology
HL2042 Children's Literature
HL2043 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
HL3090 Special Topic in Literature III 
HL3043 Modernist Soundscapes 
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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II. History Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]
HH1001 What is History?
HH1002 Asia-Pacific in Global History: Pre-1800 or HH1003 Asia-Pacific in Global History: From 1800
HH2001 Singapore: The Making of a Cosmopolitan City-State
HH3001 Historiography: Theory and Methods 

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

(i) Choose at least 2 courses at HH3XXX, and 3 courses at HH4XXX.
(ii) Choose at least one course from 3 of the 4 categories.

Applied History
HH1125 History and Archaeology: An Introduction
HH2125 The World in 12 Objects
HH3022 World War II and Southeast Asia
HH3031 The United States and the Modern Middle East
HH3043 China's Cultural Revolution as History and Memory
HH4021 Public & Applied History
HH4027 Propaganda: History, theories and practices

Global Asia
HH1008 The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia HH2005 Foundations of East Asia
HH2009 China in Revolution and Reform
HH2011 Ancient and Medieval South Asia
HH2024 History of the Malay World: Present identities, Past histories
HH2025 The World of Southeast Asia to 1600
HH2030 Ascetics and Aesthetics of Medieval Japan
HH2031 History of Food in China
HH3003 Migration and Diaspora: Chinese Experiences in Comparative Perspective
HH3007 Southeast Asian-China Interactions
HH3008 Modern South Asia
HH3020 Introduction to Korean History
HH3023 Burma/Myanmar: A History
HH3027 A History of Modern Indonesia
HH3036 South Asia and the World
HH3044 Heritage Medicine in Singapore: Malay and Chinese Traditions
HH4003 The Silk Road: Old and New
HH4012 Intellectual History of Modern China
HH4013 The 'Big Man' and Political Legitimation in Southeast Asia
HH4017 Defining the Nation: India on the Eve of Independence
HH4023 The United States and Southeast Asia in the Twentieth Century 
HH4090 Special Topics in History – Global Asia

Interdisciplinary History
HH1004 Science and Technology in Historical Perspective
HH2002 Gender in History
HH2007 Health and Illness in History
HH2008 Feasting and Fasting: Food and Drink in History
HH2015 Biopolitics and East Asian History
HH2017 History of Information Technology
HH2020 Science and War
HH2023 Reading in the History of Health and Medicine
HH2026 Health, Food, and Sports in Modern Korean History
HH2027 Blood, Germs, and Sick Bodies: Biomedicine in History
HH3002 Science, Technology, and Medicine in Modern East Asia
HH3004 Comparative Business History
HH3010 Biotechnology and Society
HH3013 Comparative History of Race Science
HH3016 History of Madness
HH3017 World Environmental History
HH3018 The Environmental History of Oceans
HH3019 History of the Body
HH3028 Global History of Capitalism
HH3032 Science and Religion in History
HH3033 Buddhism: A Social and Intellectual History
HH3034 Ascetism: The Discipline of Desire
HH3040 History of Chinese Medicine
HH3041 History of Feminism
HH3042 Climate and Society in Historical Perspective
HH3044 Heritage Medicine in Singapore: Malay and Chinese Traditions
HH3130 The History of Time
HH4005 Culture and Heritage: Perspectives from History
HH4006 The Green Earth: Issues in Environmental History
HH4020 Science, Technology, and Science Fiction
HH4022 Colonial combination of Western and folk-based medical practices in Singapore
HH4024 Lineage, Ritual, and the State in Asia
HH4025 History of Disease: Human Evolution, Disease and Health
HH4028 Tantric South Asia: Politics, Aesthetics, Religion
HH4091 Special Topics in History - Interdisciplinary History

World History
HH1006 The West in Global History
HH1010 US History to 1865
HH1011 US History since 1865
HH2004 The Islamicate World
HH2006 Modern European History
HH2021 Race, Gender, Class and Colonial Power
HH3006 US Foreign Relations History
HH3009 Comparative History of Global Migration
HH3012 The United States and the Vietnam Wars
HH3024 Decolonisation and Democracy: Britain since 1945
HH3035 Empire and Decolonization
HH3037 Politics of Popular Culture
HH3039 Maritime Asia in the Longue Duree
HH4007 An International History of the Cold War
HH4010 Anticolonial Resistance in the British Empire
HH4011 Slavery and Forced Labour in the Indian Ocean World
HH4014 A Global History of Death
HH4016 Topics in World History
HH4026 Decolonisation of the British Empire in Asia and Africa
HH4092 Special Topics in History – World History

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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 English:
HL2008 Singapore Literature and Culture
HL2009 Southeast Asian Literature and   Culture
HL2021 Literature of Empire
HL3016 Gender and Sexuality Studies
HL3036 History of the Book
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

Inter-Major PE offerings from History:
HH3XXX: Creative Histories (course under design)
HH3025 The Cultural, Social and Economic History of Football
HH3030 The Apocalypse in Western History
HH4015 Film: A Global History
HH4018 History and Fictional Representation
HH4077: Propaganda: History, theories and practices
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 program, students will be equipped with an outstanding command of the language, and they are skilled in analyzing 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 History component of the degree, students will also acquire key transferable skills which include research, analysis, and excellent written and verbal communication. 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. 

Other career opportunities include archival work, library and information operations, museum curation and management, policy-making, think-tank research, defence and intelligence research, diplomacy, tourism, and even content development of computer games as potential future career options. Graduates from the programme are also well-positioned to pursue their academic interests at the MA and PhD levels

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