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 [12 AUs]
HY1001 Introduction to Philosophy 
HY2002 Moral Philosophy
HY2003 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
HY2010 Ancient Philosophy 

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

Minimum 4 from HY4000 level courses

Other core subjects of Philosophy major
HY1002 Symbolic Logic

HY2000 and HY3000 level (3 AUs each)
HY2005 Political Philosophy 
HY2008 Environmental Ethics
HV2012 Early Modern Philosophy
HY2015 Philosophy of Well-Being 
HY2016 Friendship
HY2025 Medical Ethics 
HY2026 Business Ethics 
HY3001 Existentialism
HY3002 Philosophy of Medicine
HY3004 Reason and Faith
HY3010 Philosophy of Science 
HY3011 Philosophy of Mind
HY3012 Philosophy of Technology
HY3014 19th Century Continental Philosophy 
HY3015 20th Century Continental Philosophy
HY3017 ​Philosophy and Music
HY3018 Epistemology
HY3019 Consequentialism 
HY3020 Deontology
HY3021 Philosophy of Race and Gender 
HY3024 Virtue Ethics
HY3910 Philosophy of Science 
HY3912 Philosophy of Technology

​​HY4000 level (4 AUs each)
HY4002 Knowledge and Reality 
HY4003 Advanced Epistemology
HY4005 History of Analytic Philosophy 
HY4006 Philosophy of Physics 
HY4007 Aesthetics
HY4008 Advanced Moral Philosophy 
HY4009 Value Theory
HY4011 Moral Psychology 
HY4013 Philosophy of Language
HY4015 Philosophical Methodologies 
HY4021 Practical Rationality 
HY4023 Metaethics
HY4025 Ethics and Public Policy 
HY4027 Perception
HY4037 Kant
HY4110 Special Topics in Philosophy of Science 
HY4111 Special Topics in Ethics
HY4112 Special Topics in 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
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

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II. Chinese Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]
HC1001 Intro to the Study of Lit. and Culture
HC1002 Intro to Chinese Language
HC2005 General History of China
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
HC2010 Classical Chinese Fiction
HC2011 Tang Poetry
HC2014 Chinese Theatre and Performance
HC2015 Coming of Age in Modern China
HC2017 Writing Places: Nativism, Ecology, Politics
HC3011 Studies of Su Shi's Literature and Art
HC3014 Cultural Study of Chinese Cinemas
HC3015 City and Culture in Modern China
HC3016 Readings of Classical Chinese Prose
HC3017 Text and Image Studies
HC3018 Posthumanism in Chinese Literature, Film and Culture
HC4010 Classical Chinese Literary Theory
HC4015 Special Topics in Classical Chinese Literature
HC4016 Comparative Literature Studies: Theory and Practice
HC4019 Chinese Literary Canon and Images of Art
HC4020 Literary Criticism and Critical Theories
HC4022 Art and Revolution in Modern China

Category B: Chinese History, Thought and China Studies
HC2032 Division and Integration: From the Spring-Autumn/Warring States to Sui, Tang and the Five Dynasties
HC2040 Understanding China
HC2041 Contemporary Chinese Politics and Society
HC4040 Cross-Taiwan Straits Relations
HC4042 China and Globalisation
HC4043 Special Topics in Modern China
HC4044 Late Imperial and Modern China: History and Social Change 

Category C: Linguistics and Chinese Linguistics
HC1050 The Science of Chinese Characters
HC1051 Modern Chinese
HC2050 Chinese Lexicology
HC2052 Language and Society
HC2053 Varieties of Chinese
HC3050 Sound and Prosody in Chinese
HC3051 Sociolinguistics and Bilingualism
HC3052 Chinese Language and Grammatical Theories
HC4050 Chinese Semantics
HC4051 Text, Rhetoric and Style
HC4052 Special Topics in Chinese Linguistics
HC4055 Chinese Language Acquisition
HC4056 Chinese Semasiology

Category D: Studies of Ethnic-Chinese
HC1060 History of Singapore and Malaysian Chinese
HC2060 Chinese Education in Southeast Asia
HC2061 Chinese Literature in Singapore and Malaysia
HC3062 Chinese Overseas and China
HC3063 Critical Study of Singapore Society and Culture
HC3064 Overseas Chinese in the United States
HC4060 Globalisation and Chinese Overseas
HC4061 Chinese Migration
HC4062 Special Topics in the Studies of Ethnic-Chinese
HC4063 A Study of Sinophone Culture in Singapore and Malaysia
HC4064 History and Issues: Transcultural Chinese Theatre in Singapore

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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 Philosophy:
HY2903 Introduction to Chinese 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
HC2031 Confucian Thought
HC2054 Understanding Classical Chinese Texts
HC3002 History of Chinese Thought
HC3031 Conquering and Conquered Dynasties: From Song to Qing
HC3043 Chinese Ecological Thoughts and Philosophy
HC4013 Gender and Sexuality in Chinese Literature
HC4021 Hong Kong Literature and Culture in Global perspective
HC4030 Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Political Movements
HC4033 Special Topics in Chinese History and Thought
HC4035 Western Influences on Modern Chinese Thought
HC4057 Conversational Pragmatics in Chinese​


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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