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

Double major

Programme Type

Full-time

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

 

Flexible

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.


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

 

II. Philosophy Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]
4 courses
HY1001 Introduction to Philosophy
HY1002 Symbolic Logic
HY2003 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
HY2012 Early Modern Philosophy OR HY3011 Philosophy of Mind 
 

Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

Minimum 4 from HY4000 level courses


Click here for the list of Philosophy MPEs.

 

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
HG4011 Language and the Brain
HG4015 Psycholinguistics
HG4024 Social Theories and Language
HG4047 Pragmatic Theory
HG4049 Semantic Analysis

Inter-Major PE offerings from Philosophy:
HY2002 Moral Philosophy
HY2005 Political Philosophy
HY3010 Philosophy of Science
HY3011 Philosophy of Mind
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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