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

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 Chinese Studies and history, benefiting from the expertise and resources of both programmes.

The History Programme 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.

For Chinese, students will study both classical and modern Chinese literature, 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
  • A good grade in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry/H1 or H2 Level Humanities subject; and
  • 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

For International Baccalaureate Diploma holders:

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

For NUS High School Diploma holders:

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

For International Students & Students with other qualifications:

  • NTU General Admission Requirements
  • A good grade in General Paper/English at Senior High School Level and
  • A good grade in Chinese at GCE ‘O’ Level/HSK Level 6

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. 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
HH4015 Film: A Global History
HH4021 Public & Applied History
HH4027 Propaganda: History, theories and practices

Global Asia
HH1008 The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia 
HH2005 Foundations of East Asia 
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
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: Biomedi​​cine 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 
HH3030 The Apocalypse in Western History 
HH3032 Science and Religion in History 
HH3033 Buddhism: A Social and Intellectual History 
HH3034 Ascetism: The Discipline of Desire 
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 
HI3001 1984: Past, Present, Prophecy 

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
HH3025 The Cultural, Social and Economic History of Football 
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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II. 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

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
HC340/HC3040 China's Reform and Economic Development 
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

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 
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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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) 

HH2009 China in Revolution and Reform
HH2031 History of Food in China
HH3040 History of Chinese Medicine
HC1060 History of Singapore and Malaysian Chinese 
HC3002 History of Chinese Thought
HC4021 Hong Kong Literature and Culture in Global perspective
HC4044 Late Imperial and Modern China: History and Social Change​ 

Graduates will develop key transferable skills highly prized by employers, which include research, analysis, and excellent written and verbal communication in Chinese and English. They can consider opportunities in the civil service, business management, public relations, journalism, publishing, translation, education, as well as theatre and the arts.

Other career opportunities include archival work, library and information operations, museum curation and management, policy-making, think-tank research, defence and intelligence research, diplomacy, project management, advertising, tourism, and even content development of computer games as potential future career options.

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