Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Double Major - Philosophy 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 (CHN) and Philosophy (PHIL), benefiting from the expertise and resources of the two disciplines from the School of Humanities (SoH).

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.

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. Philosophy Curriculum

Core [13 AUs]
HY1001 Introduction to Philosophy 
HY2002 Moral Philosophy
HY2003 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
HY2010 Ancient Philosophy OR HY2005 Political Philosophy

Major Prescribed Electives [25 AUs]

Minimum 4 from HY4000 level courses

Other core subjects of Philosophy major
HY1002 Symbolic Logic

Click here for the list of Philosophy MPEs.


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)

Inter-Major PE offerings from Philosophy:
HY3003 World Religions
HY4010 Neo-Confucianism
HY4113 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy
HY4123 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy II
HY4133 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy III
HY4134 Philosophical Issues of Confucianism

Inter-Major PE offerings from Chinese:
HC2030 Pre-Qin Thought (Cat B)
HC2031 Confucian Thought (Cat B)
HC2054 Understanding Classical Chinese Texts (Cat C)
HC3002 History of Chinese Thought
HC3019 Aesthetics of the South  (Cat A)
HC3031 Conquering and Conquered Dynasties: From Song to Qing (Cat B)
HC3043 Chinese Ecological Thoughts and Philosophy (Cat B)
HC4013 Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Literature (Cat A)
HC4021 Hong Kong Literature and Culture in Global perspective (Cat A)
HC4030 Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Political Movements (Cat B)
HC4033 Special Topics in Chinese History and Thought (Cat B)
HC4035 Western Influences on Modern Chinese Thought (Cat B)
HC4057 Conversational Pragmatics in Chinese​ (Cat C)


Graduates in this double major programme will develop key transferable skills highly prized by employers. With their training, students from the Chinese programme will be equipped with an outstanding command of the language, and they are skilled in in-depth knowledge of Chinese language and culture. Chinese graduates can look forward to careers that require analytical skills and strong language proficiency. 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. 

Potential job sectors include careers in education, journalism, media and marketing, advertising, publishing, human resources, management, public administration, arts administration, and other creative industries. Graduates will also possess the unique skills to take on positions in civil service, education, business management, public relations, public service administration, journalism, publishing, translation theatre and the arts, language analysis, education, healthcare research, public campaign organization, communication, marketing, advertising, business, and management consulting. Graduates from the programme are also well-positioned to pursue their academic interests at the MA and PhD levels.

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