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

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 Linguistics and Multilingual Studies (LMS), benefiting from the expertise and resources of the two disciplines from the School of Humanities (SoH).

The Linguistics and Multilingual Studies component of the 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.

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.

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. 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.

HG2000 level (3 AUs each)
HG2001 Morphology and Syntax
HG2002 Semantics and Pragmatics  
HG2012 Cognitive Linguistics
HG2013 Child Language
HG2014 Second Language Acquisition
HG2015 Investigating Literacy as Social Textual Practice 
HG2016 Language and Music
HG2017 Father-and-Mother Tongues: Languages of SE Asia
HG2025 Delectable Tongues: Language and Food
HG2027 Ecolinguistics: Language and the Environment
HG2030 Reading Development and Disorders
HG2033 Introduction to Conversation Analysis 
HG2051 Language and the Computer
HG2052 Language, Technology and the Internet 
HG2053 Language Modeling
HG2093 Discovering Unwritten Stories: A General Introduction to Toponymy and Toponomastics
HG2095 Codes from the Past: A General Introduction to the History of Cryptography 
HG2097 What's in a Name? - A General Introduction to Etymology 
HG2099 Languages of the World​

HG3000 level (3 AUs each)
HG3005 Research Methods in Linguistics II - Statistical Analysis 
HG3010 Language and Communication Disorders
HG3012 Deaf Culture and Sign Language 
HG3016 Language and Cognition in Bilingualism and Multilingualism 
HG3017 Advanced Study of Language and Literacy in Infancy 
HG3021 Language Change
HG3022 Sociolinguistics of a Region 
HG3023 Anthropological Linguistics
HG3025 Language Variation
HG3031 Methods in Sociolinguistics 
HG3043 Malay Linguistics 1 - History and Structure 
HG3047 Experimenting with Spoken Language 

HG4000 level (4 AUs each) 
HG4011 Language and the Brain 
HG4012 Structure of Sign Language
HG4013 Multilingualism Across the Lifespan 
HG4015 Psycholinguistics
HG4020 Languages in Contact
HG4021 Language Shift and Maintenance 
HG4022 Forensic Linguistics
HG4025 Linguistic Ethnography
HG4030 Conversation Analysis
HG4031 Multimodality in Situated Contexts 
HG4033 Advanced Conversation Analysis 
HG4040 Phonological Theory
HG4041 Theories of Grammar
HG4042 How and Why Languages Differ
HG4043 Language Universals and Language Types 
HG4044 Language Evolution
HG4045 Field Methods: Structure of a Language
HG4046 Malay Linguistics 2 - Dialectology and Language Contact 
HG4047 Pragmatic Theory
HG4048 Comparative Chinese Dialectology 
HG4049 Semantic Analysis
HG4050 Machine Translation
HG4051 Corpus Linguistics
HG4052 Speech Synthesis and Recognition 
HG4053 Grammar Engineering
HG4062 Language, Culture and Society in Southeast Asia
​HG4070 Experimental Phonetics
HG4071 The Meat of Speech: The Anatomy and Physiology of Speaking and Hearing​

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II. 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 
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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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 Linguistics & Multilingual Studies:
HG2010 Bilingualism and Multilingualism
HG2021 Intercultural Communication
HG2023 Language and Gender
HG2024 X‐Rated Linguistics: Language, Sexuality and Desire
HG2031 History of English
HG2032 Globalization and World Englishes
HG2092 Analysing Spoken Discourse
HG2094 Word of Mouth: Transmission of Oral Culture
HG2096 What's in a text? - Analyzing Written Discourse
HG4023 Language Planning and  Policy
HG4024 Social Theories and Language
HG4028 A Wor(l)d in Motion: the sociolinguistics of globalization
HG4063 Advanced World Englishes​

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



Graduates in this double major program 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.

Potential job sectors include careers in education, journalism, language teaching, translation/interpreting, computer industry (especially machine translation, speech recognition and natural language processing), lexicography, language documentation, speech therapy, media and marketing, advertising, publishing, human resources, management, 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 organizers. Graduates from the program are also well-positioned to pursue their academic interests at the MA and PhD levels.

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