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

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 Philosophy (PHIL), 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 Philosophy curriculum allows students to explore, in a rigorous, systematic, and critical manner, fundamental problems about the nature of knowledge, reality, existence, mind, language, science, and morality, the curriculum includes a solid foundation in both eastern and western traditions of philosophy, and prepares students for the application of philosophy to the challenges of modern society.

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): 

*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  
HL3039 Major Author Study: Samuel Beckett
HL3043 Modernist Soundscapes 
HL3044 The Legends of King Arthur
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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II. Philosophy Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]
HY1001 Introduction to Philosophy 
HY2003 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
HY2010 Ancient Philosophy 
HY2012 Early Modern Philosophy

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

Minimum 4 from HY4000 level courses

Other core subjects of Philo major
HY1002 Symbolic Logic

HY2000 and HY3000 level (3 AUs each)

HY2008 Environmental Ethics
HY2015 Philosophy of Well-Being
HY2025 Medical Ethics
HY2026 Business Ethics
HY2903 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
HY3002 Philosophy of Medicine
HY3004 Reason and Faith
HY3010 Philosophy of Science
HY3011 Philosophy of Mind
HY3012 Philosophy of Technology
HY3014 19th Century Continental Philosophy
HY3015 20th Century Continental Philosophy
HY3017 Philosophy and Music
HY3018 Epistemology
HY3019 Consequentialism
HY3020 Deontology
HY3024 Virtue Ethics
HY3910 Philosophy of Science
HY3912 Philosophy of Technology

​​HY4000 level (4 AUs each)
HY4003 Advanced Epistemology
HY4005 History of Analytic Philosophy
HY4006 Philosophy of Physics
HY4008 Advanced Moral Philosophy
HY4009 Value Theory
HY4010 Neo-Confucianism
HY4015 Philosophical Methodologies
HY4021 Practical Rationality
HY4023 Metaethics
HY4024 Metaphysics
HY4027 Perception
HY4037 Kant
HY4110 Special Topics in Philosophy of Science
HY4111 Special Topics in Ethics
HY4112 Special Topics in Philosophy
HY4113 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy
HY4114 Special Topics in Logic
HY4116 Phenomenology
HY4118 Independent Study I
HY4119 Independent Study II
HY4120 Special Topics in Philosophy of Science II
HY4121 Special Topics in Ethics II
HY4122 Special Topics in Philosophy II
HY4123 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy II
HY4124 Special Topics in Logic II
HY4130 Special Topics in Philosophy of Science III
HY4131 Special Topics in Ethics III
HY4132 Special Topics in Philosophy III
HY4133 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy III​
HY4134 Philosophical Issues of Confucianism

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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 Philosophy:
HY2002 Moral Philosophy
HY2005 Political Philosophy
HY2016 Friendship
HY3001 Existentialism
HY3003 World Religions
HY3021 Philosophy of Race and Gender
HY4002 Knowledge and Reality
HY4007 Aesthetics
HY4011 Moral Psychology
HY4013 Philosophy of  Language
HY4025 Ethics and Public Policy




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. The Philosophy component of this programme will equip graduates with the ability to critically analyze complex concepts and arguments, the ability to argue logically and effectively, and the ability to express themselves clearly. They will also have a grounding in a diversity of intellectual traditions.

Potential job sectors include careers in education, journalism, media and marketing, advertising, publishing, human resources, management, public administration, arts administration, and other creative industries. Graduates will also possess the unique skills to take on positions in public service administration, language analysts, education, healthcare research, public campaign organization, communication, marketing, advertising, business, and management consulting. Graduates from the programme are also well-positioned to pursue their academic interests at the MA and PhD levels.

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