Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Double Major - English Literature and Art 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. 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 Art History and English literature, benefiting from the expertise and resources of both the School of Humanities (SoH) and the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM).
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 Art History curriculum aims to equip students with a thorough knowledge and critical awareness of the global histories of art, culture and heritage, which will be taught through lectures, seminars and practical projects. Students will be trained in the rigours and methods of researching and writing about art, including specialisations in Global Art History, Asian Art History, Museums, Heritage, Curating and Contemporary Art and Theory. They will also benefit from ADM’s relationship to professional arts spaces such as the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).
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 English at Standard Level

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 Literature 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.

II. Art History Curriculum​

Core [12 AUs]
DD1003 Introduction to Histories of Art I: Western Art History
DD1004 Introduction to the Histories of Art II: Asian Art History 
HR1001 Ways of Seeing: Exploring Visual Culture 
HR2001 Introduction to the Histories of Southeast Asian Art 

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

Students must take ONE elective each from Categories A to D (4 Electives) and then are free to choose the remainder Electives from any category depending on areas they wish to specialise in.


Category A: Global Art Histories (Choose at least one elective)
Click here for the list of courses under Cat A.

Category B: Contemporary Art & Theory (Choose at least one elective)
Click here for the list of courses under Cat B.

Category C: Curating, Heritage & Museums (Choose at least one elective)
Click here for the list of courses under Cat C.

Category D: Asian Art Histories (Choose at least one elective)
Click here for the list of courses under Cat D.



III. Inter-Major Prescribed Electives

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 except for DF2005, HH3001, HH4015 & HY4007)

Inter-Major PE offerings from School of Humanities:
HL2007 Contemporary Literature and Culture (Cat A)
HL2009 Southeast Asian Literature and Culture (Cat B)
HL2015 War in Literature and Film (Cat D)
HL2044 Introduction to Publishing (Cat D)
HL2045 Workshop in Theatre Practice (Cat C)
HL3001 Film Theory (Cat C)
HL3003 Film and Literature (Cat C)
HL3036 History of the Book (Cat D)
HL3038 Theatre of the Absurd (Cat C)
HL3043 Modernist Soundscapes (Cat D)
HL3044 The Legends of King Arthur (Cat D)
HL3045 The Poetry of Precarity (Cat D)
HL4009 Popular Literature and Culture (Cat C)
HL4014 Advanced Studies in Film (Cat C)
HL4024 Advanced Studies in Contemporary Literature (Cat A)
HL4040 Literature and Art (Cat D)
HL4041 Studies in Art Criticism and Culture (Cat D)
HH3001 Historiography: Theory and Methods
HH4015 Film: A Global History
HY4007 Aesthetics 

Inter-Major PE offerings from Art History:
HR4002 British Art: 1815 – 1929 (Cat A) - 4 AUs
HR3005 The Fantastic in Western Visual Arts (Cat A)
DF2005 Writing for Film


Graduates will develop key transferable skills highly prized by employers, which include visual and critical awareness, Careers in museums, art galleries and auction houses as curators or managers in conserving, valuing or auctioning works of art, antiques and other collectibles are common.

Other careers include arts administrator, archivist, museum education officer, picture editor or researcher, journalist, teacher or lecturer and exhibition or events organiser.

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