Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Double Major - Philosophy and History

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 philosophy and history, benefiting from the expertise and resources of both programmes.

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.

The History Programme seeks to train students to not only think critically but also to apply interdisciplinary methods to identify and address contemporary problems from historical perspectives. History graduates will master the secondary literature in their chosen areas of study, engage in independent research, exercise critical judgment about the texts that they encounter, and communicate their findings in a well-reasoned and scholarly manner. 

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. Philosophy Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]
HY1001 Introduction to Philosophy 
HY2003 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy
HY2010 Ancient Philosophy OR HY2005 Political Philosophy
HY2012 Early Modern Philosophy OR HY3011 Philosophy of Mind 


Major Prescribed Electives [26 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. History Curriculum

Core [12 AUs]
HH1001 What is History?
HH1002 Asia-Pacific in Global History: Pre-1800 or HH1003 Asia-Pacific in Global History: From 1800
HH1004 Science and Technology in Historical Perspective
HH3001 Historiography: Theory and Methods

Major Prescribed Electives [26 AUs]

(i)  Choose at least 2 courses at HH3XXX, and 3 courses at HH4XXX.​
(ii) Choose at least one course from 3 of the 4 categories.

​​Applied History
Click here for the list of courses under Applied History.


Global Asia
Click here for the list of courses under Global History.


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Interdisciplinary History
Click here for the list of courses under Interdisciplinary History.


World History

Click here for the list of courses under World History.

 

 

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:
HY3014 19th Century Continental Philosophy
HY3015 20th Century Continental Philosophy
HY4005 History of Analytic Philosophy
HY4134 Philosophical Issues of Confucianism

​Inter-Major PE offerings from History:
HH3032 Science and Religion in History (Interdisciplinary History)
HH3033 Buddhism: A Social and Intellectual History (Interdisciplinary History)
HH4012 Intellectual History of Modern China (Global Asia)

 

Graduates of this double major programme will develop key transferable skills highly prized by employers. Among the skills developed in the history component of this programme are research, analysis, and excellent written and verbal communication. 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 can consider opportunities in the civil service, business management, human resources, public relations, media and marketing, advertising, journalism, publishing, translation, education, theatre and the arts, and other creative industries. Graduates from the programme are also well-positioned to pursue their academic interests at the MA and PhD levels. 

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