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
Click here for the list of courses under Applied History.

Global Asia
Click here for the list of courses under Global History.

​​Interdisciplinary History
Click here for the list of courses under Interdisciplinary History.

World History
Click here for the list of courses under World History.



II. Chinese Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]
HC1001 Intro to the Study of Lit. and Culture 
HC1002 Intro to Chinese Language
HC2006 Introduction to Chinese History
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
Click here for the list of courses under Cat A.

Category B: Chinese History, Thought and China Studies
Click here for the list of courses under Cat B.

Category C: Linguistics and Chinese Linguistics

Click here for the list of courses under Cat C.

Category D: Studies of Ethnic-Chinese
Click here for the list of courses under Cat D.



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) 

HC1060 History of Singapore and Malaysian Chinese (Cat D)
HC3002 History of Chinese Thought
HC4021 Hong Kong Literature and Culture in Global perspective (Cat A)
HC4023 Fiction and Society in Contemporary China (Cat A)
HC4044 Late Imperial and Modern China: History and Social Change​ (Cat B)
HH2009 China in Revolution and Reform (Global Asia)
HH2031 History of Food in China (Global Asia)
HH3040 History of Chinese Medicine (Interdisciplinary History)
HH4012 Intellectual History of Modern China (Global Asia)
HH4029 History of Modern China and Colonial Hong Kong, c. 1945-1977 (Global Asia)


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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