Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Double Major - History and Linguistics and Multilingual Studies

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 LMS 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.

The Linguistics and Multilingual Studies curriculum allows students to explore the many interesting facets of language and communication, from the properties of speech sounds to grammatical and discourse structure, from children’s language development to communication in bilingual and multilingual societies.

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. 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]

Choose at least 2 courses at HH3XXX, and 3 courses at HH4XXX.
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. Linguistics & Multilingual Studies Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]

HG1001 Mind and Meaning
HG2003 Phonetics and Phonology
HG2020 Language in Society
HG2034 Structure of Modern English

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]|

Minimum 1 from HG3000 level, and minimum 2 from HG4000 level.


Click here for the list of Linguistics & Multilingual Studies MPEs.



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)

Inter-Major PE offerings from History:
HH2002 Gender in History (Interdisciplinary History)
HH2007 Health and Illness in History (Interdisciplinary History)
HH2008 Feasting and Fasting: Food and Drink in History (Interdisciplinary History)
HH3016 History of Madness (Interdisciplinary History)
HH3017 World Environmental History (Interdisciplinary History)
HH3019 History of the Body (Interdisciplinary History)
HH3032 Science and Religion in History (Interdisciplinary History)
HH3041 History of Feminism (Interdisciplinary History)
​HH3042 Climate and Society in Historical Perspective (Interdisciplinary History)
HH3130 The History of Time (Interdisciplinary History)
HH4005 Culture and Heritage: Perspectives from History​​ (Interdisciplinary History)

Inter-Major PE offerings from Linguistics & Multilingual Studies:
HG2031 History of English
HG2032 Globalization and World Englishes
HG2093 Discovering Unwritten Stories: A General Introduction to Toponymy and Toponomastics
HG2094 Word of Mouth: Transmission of Oral Culture
HG2095 Codes from the Past: A General Introduction to the History of Cryptography
HG2097 What's in a Name? - A General Introduction to Etymology
HG3021 Language Change
HG4013 Multilingualism Across the Lifespan
HG4014 Designing interactive environments for learning
HG4028 A Wor(l)d in Motion: the sociolinguistics of globalization
HG4044 Language Evolution




Graduates will develop key transferable skills highly prized by employers, which include research, analysis, and excellent written and verbal communication. 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, defense and intelligence research, diplomacy, project management, advertising, tourism, language teaching, translation/interpreting, computer industry (especially machine translation, speech recognition and natural language processing), lexicography, language documentation, speech therapy, media and marketing, publishing, human resources, 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 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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