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

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 Linguistics and Multilingual Studies (LMS) and Philosophy (PHIL), benefiting from the expertise and resources of both Programmes within the School of Humanities(SoH).

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.

The Philosophy curriculum allows students to explore, in a rigorous, systematic, and critical manner, fundamental problems about the nature of knowledge, reality, existence, mind, language, science, and morality, the curriculum includes a solid foundation in both eastern and western traditions of philosophy, and prepares students for the application of philosophy to the challenges of modern society. 

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:

  • 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; and
  • A good grade in General Paper/Knowledge & Inquiry/H1 or H2 Level Humanities subject

For International Baccalaureate Diploma holders:

  • A good grade in SL Chinese and
  • A good grade in SL English

For NUS High School Diploma holders:

  • Good Overall CAP in Chinese Language and
  • Good Overall CAP in English Language

For International Students & Students with other qualifications:

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


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
HG2010 Bilingualism and Multilingualism   
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 
HG2021 Intercultural Communication
HG2025 Delectable Tongues: Language and Food
HG2027 Ecolinguistics: Language and the Environment
HG2030 Reading Development and Disorders
HG2031 History of English
HG2032 Globalization and World Englishes 
HG2033 Introduction to Conversation Analysis 
HG2053 Language Modeling
HG2092 Analysing Spoken Discourse
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 
HG2096 What's in a text? - Analyzing Written Discourse
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) 
HG4012 Structure of Sign Language
HG4013 Multilingualism Across the Lifespan 
HG4015 Psycholinguistics
HG4020 Languages in Contact
HG4021 Language Shift and Maintenance 
HG4022 Forensic Linguistics
HG4023 Language Planning and Policy 
HG4025 Linguistic Ethnography
HG4028 A Wor(l)d in Motion: the sociolinguistics of globalization 
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 
HG4048 Comparative Chinese Dialectology 
HG4050 Machine Translation
HG4051 Corpus Linguistics
HG4052 Speech Synthesis and Recognition 
HG4053 Grammar Engineering
HG4062 Language, Culture and Society in Southeast Asia
HG4063 Advanced World Englishes
​HG4070 Experimental Phonetics
HG4071 The Meat of Speech: The Anatomy and Physiology of Speaking and Hearing​

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II. Philosophy Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]
4 courses
HY1001 Introduction to Philosophy
HY1002 Symbolic Logic
HY2003 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
HY2012 Early Modern Philosophy

Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

Minimum 4 from HY4000 level courses

HY2000 and HY3000 level (3 AUs each)
HY2008 Environmental Ethics
HY2010 Ancient Philosophy 
HY2015 Philosophy of Well-Being 
HY2016 Friendship
HY2025 Medical Ethics
HY2026 Business Ethics 
HY2903 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy 
HY3001 Existentialism 
HY3002 Philosophy of Medicine
HY3003 World Religions 
HY3004 Reason and Faith
HY3012 Philosophy of Technology
HY3014 19th Century Continental Philosophy 
HY3015 20th Century Continental Philosophy
HY3017 Philosophy and Music
HY3018 Epistemology
HY3019 Consequentialism 
HY3020 Deontology
HY3024 Virtue Ethics
HY3910 Philosophy of Science 
HY3912 Philosophy of Technology

​​HY4000 level (4 AUs each)
HY4003 Advanced Epistemology
HY4005 History of Analytic Philosophy 
HY4006 Philosophy of Physics 
HY4007 Aesthetics
HY4008 Advanced Moral Philosophy 
HY4009 Value Theory
HY4010 Neo-Confucianism 
HY4011 Moral Psychology 
HY4015 Philosophical Methodologies 
HY4021 Practical Rationality 
HY4023 Metaethics
HY4024 Metaphysics
HY4027 Perception
HY4037 Kant
HY4110 Special Topics in Philosophy of Science 
HY4111 Special Topics in Ethics
HY4112 Special Topics in Philosophy
HY4113 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy 
HY4114 Special Topics in Logic
HY4116 Phenomenology
HY4118 Independent Study I 
HY4119 Independent Study II
HY4120 Special Topics in Philosophy of Science II
HY4121 Special Topics in Ethics II 
HY4122 Special Topics in Philosophy II
HY4123 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy II 
HY4124 Special Topics in Logic II
HY4130 Special Topics in Philosophy of Science III 
HY4131 Special Topics in Ethics III
HY4132 Special Topics in Philosophy III
HY4133 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy III​
HY4134 Philosophical Issues of Confucianism

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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:
HG2012 Cognitive Linguistics
HG2023 Language and Gender
HG2024 X‐Rated Linguistics: Language, Sexuality and Desire
HG2051 Language and the Computer
HG2052 Language, Technology and the Internet
HG3015 Psycholinguistics
HG4011 Language and the Brain
HG4024 Social Theories and Language
HG4047 Pragmatic Theory
HG4049 Semantic Analysis

Inter-Major PE offerings from Philosophy:
HY2002 Moral Philosophy
HY2005 Political Philosophy
HY3011 Philosophy of Mind
HY3010 Philosophy of Science
HY3021 Philosophy of Race and Gender
HY4002 Knowledge and Reality
HY4013 Philosophy of Language
HY4025 Ethics and Public Policy​



Graduates of this double major programme will acquire valuable intellectual skills that will be transferable to a large number of careers. The Philosophy component of this programme will equip graduates with the ability to critically analyze complex concepts and arguments, the ability to argue logically and effectively, and the ability to express themselves clearly. They will also have a grounding in a diversity of intellectual traditions.

Graduates may go on to careers in areas such as public administration, education, healthcare, communication, marketing, advertising, publishing industry, journalism, education, language teaching, curriculum development, translation/interpreting, computer industry (especially machine translation, speech recognition and natural language processing), lexicography, language documentation, speech therapy, business, and management consulting. Graduates from this programme may also pursue academic interests at the MA and PhD levels.

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