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

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 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



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
HY2012 Early Modern 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)

HY2002 Moral Philosophy
HY2005 Political Philosophy 
HY2008 Environmental Ethics
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
HY3010 Philosophy of Science 
HY3011 Philosophy of Mind
HY3012 Philosophy of Technology
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
HY4006 Philosophy of Physics 
HY4007 Aesthetics
HY4008 Advanced Moral Philosophy 
HY4009 Value Theory
HY4010 Neo-Confucianism 
HY4011 Moral Psychology 
HY4013 Philosophy of Language
HY4015 Philosophical Methodologies 
HY4021 Practical Rationality 
HY4023 Metaethics
HY4024 Metaphysics
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
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​

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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
HH1125 History and Archaeology: An Introduction
HH2125 The World in 12 Objects
HH3022 World War II and Southeast Asia
HH3031 The United States and the Modern Middle East
HH3043 China's Cultural Revolution as History and Memory
HH4015 Film: A Global History
HH4021 Public & Applied History
HH4027 Propaganda: History, theories and practices

Global Asia
HH1008 The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia 
HH2001 Singapore: The Making of a Cosmopolitan City-State
HH2005 Foundations of East Asia
HH2009 China in Revolution and Reform 
HH2011 Ancient and Medieval South Asia 
HH2024 History of the Malay World: Present identities, Past histories 
HH2025 The World of Southeast Asia to 1600 
HH2030 Ascetics and Aesthetics of Medieval Japan
HH2031 History of Food in China 
HH3003 Migration and Diaspora: Chinese Experiences in Comparative Perspective 
HH3007 Southeast Asian-China Interactions 
HH3008 Modern South ​Asia
HH3020 Introduction to Korean History
HH3023 Burma/Myanmar: A History 
HH3027 A History of Modern Indonesia 
HH3036 South Asia and the World 
HH3044 Heritage Medicine in Singapore: Malay and Chinese Traditions
HH4003 The Silk Road: Old and New 
HH4013 The 'Big Man' and Political Legitimation in Southeast Asia 
HH4017 Defining the Nation: India on the Eve of Independence
HH4023 The United States and Southeast Asia in the Twentieth Century  
HH4090 Special Topics in History – Global Asia 

​​Interdisciplinary History
HH2002 Gender in History 
HH2007 Health and Illness in History 
HH2008 Feasting and Fasting: Food and Drink in History 
HH2015 Biopolitics and East Asian History 
HH2017 History of Information Technology 
HH2020 Science and War 
HH2023 Reading in the History of Health and Medicine 
HH2026 Health, Food, and Sports in Modern Korean History 
HH2027 Blood, Germs, and Sick Bodies: Biomedi​​cine in History
HH3002 Science, Technology, and Medicine in Modern East Asia 
HH3004 Comparative Business History ​
HH3010 Biotechnology and Society 
HH3013 Comparative History of Race Science 
HH3016 History of Madness 
HH3017 World Environmental History 
HH3018 The Environmental History of Oceans 
HH3019 History of the Body 
HH3028 Global History of Capitalism 
HH3030 The Apocalypse in Western History 
HH3034 Ascetism: The Discipline of Desire 
HH3040 History of Chinese Medicine 
HH3041 History of Feminism 
HH3042 Climate and Society in Historical Perspective 
HH3044 Heritage Medicine in Singapore: Malay and Chinese Traditions
HH3130 The History of Time 
HH4005 Culture and Heritage: Perspectives from History 
HH4006 The Green Earth: Issues in ​Environmental History 
HH4020 Science, Technology, and Science Fiction 
HH4022 Colonial combination of Western and folk-based medical practices in Singapore 
HH4024 Lineage, Ritual, and the State in Asia 
HH4025 History of Disease: Human Evolution, Disease and Health 
HH4028 Tantric South Asia: Politics, Aesthetics, Religion
HH4091 Special Topics in History - Interdisciplinary History 
HI3001 1984: Past, Present, Prophecy 

World History

HH1006 The West in Global History
HH1010 US History to 1865
HH1011 US History since 1865
HH2004 The Islamicate World
HH2006 Modern European History
HH2021 Race, Gender, Class and Colonial Power 
HH3006 US Foreign Relations History
HH3009 Comparative History of Global Migration
HH3012 The United States and the Vietnam Wars
HH3024 Decolonisation and Democracy: Britain since 1945
HH3025 The Cultural, Social and Economic History of Football 
HH3035 Empire and Decolonization
HH3037 Politics of Popular Culture
HH3039 Maritime Asia in the Longue Duree
HH4007 An International History of the Cold War
HH4010 Anticolonial Resistance in the British Empire
HH4011 Slavery and Forced Labour in the Indian Ocean World
HH4014 A Global History of Death
HH4016 Topics in World History
HH4026 Decolonisation of the British Empire in Asia and Africa
HH4092 Special Topics in History – World History 

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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:
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
HH3033 Buddhism: A Social and Intellectual History
HH4012 Intellectual History of Modern China


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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