Second Major in Sociology

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Second Major in Sociology

The School of Social Sciences (SSS) offers Second Major programmes to its students and its sister schools. Students who qualify will have the option of pursuing a second major within SSS (Economics, Public Policy and Global Affairs, Psychology or Sociology), or a second major within SoH (Chinese, English, History, Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, or Philosophy) or a second major in Communication Studies offered by the School of Communication and Information.

The Second Major programme will allow SSS students to take advantage of the synergies between two disciplines – for example, English Literature and Communication Studies; Psychology and Sociology; or Economics and Business. It is an excellent programme for students who can cope with the rigour. Students can go beyond their narrow specialisation and acquire the depth and breadth of a multi-disciplinary education. Graduates with such training are becoming increasingly attractive to employers.

Second Major students will graduate with a BSocSci (Hons) degree in their First Major. The Second Major will be shown on the final transcript.

To read Sociology as the second Major, students must have a GPA of 4.0 and above at the point of application.

5 Core Courses (15 AUs)

HS1001 Person and Society
HS2002 Doing Social Research
HS2001 Classical Social Theory
HS3001 Contemporary Social Theory
HS3002 Understanding Social Statistics

6 Major-Prescribed Electives (20 AUs)

(At least TWO must be HS4xxx courses)

HS1002 Singapore Society in Transition
HS1003 Singapore Problems in A Global Context
HS2003 Economy and Society
HS2004 Culture, Self and Identity
HS2005 Organisations and Organisational Change
HS2007 Understanding Globalization
HS2008 Social Class and Inequality
HS2009 Sociology of The Life Course
HS2011 Ethnicity and Ethnic Relations
HS2013 Migration and Multiculturalism
HS2014 The Changing Family
HS2015 Education and Society
HS2019 Sociology of Science and Technology
HS2020 Gender, Race and Technology
HS2022 Population and Society
HS2023 Environmental Sociology
HS2026 Deviance and Society
HS2028 Graying Society: Issues and Challenges
HS2029 Social Policy and Social Change
HS3004 Cities and Urban Life
HS3007 Religion and Society
HS3011 Power, Politics and The State
HS3014 Health, Medicine and Society
HS3015 Development and Social Change
HS3016 Societies in Comparative Perspective
HS3017 Sociology of Tourism
HS3018 Sociology of Gender
HS3054 Social Psychology
HS4011 The Self in Southeast Asia
HS4013 Youth Cultures and Subcultures
HS4015 Sociology of Reproduction
HS4016 Social Movements
HS4022 Sociology of Islam in the Malay World
HS4023 Sociology of Risk and Crisis
HS4026 Gods, Ghosts and Ancestors: Explorations in Chinese Religions
HS4027 Cultural Politics of Development and the Environment
HS4028 Migration and Development in a Globalizing World
HS4030 Social Science Fiction
HS4031 Global Cities
HS4033 Urban Sojourns: The City as Laboratory
HS4034 Interrogating Innovation
HS4035 Sociology of Aging
HS4036 Who are we? Science and Identity in the 21" Century
HS4037 Terraformations: Technology, culture and nature in a globalizing world
HS4038 Sociology of Mental Health
HS4039 Medical Sociology
HS4040 Language and Social Interaction


Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option
The S/U option does not apply to:
Students admitted in AY2020 – 2021 and earlier


Students admitted directly to Year 2 in AY2021 – 2022
  1. Core, Major PE, GER-Core courses*
  2. Pass/Fail courses
  3. Courses that count towards the requirement for Second Major or Minor programme
  4. Courses that count towards Specialisation
  5. Part-time, incoming exchange, and non-graduating students

* unless specified otherwise by the School(s) for its programme(s)
Students admitted to Year 1 in AY2021-2022


All students admitted from AY2022-2023 and onwards
  1. Core, Major PE, ICC courses
  2. Pass/Fail courses
  3. Courses that count towards the requirement for Second Major or Minor programme^
  4. Courses that count towards Specialisation
  5. Part-time, incoming exchange, and non-graduating students

^ up to 12 AU of Second Major courses and up to 6 AU of Minor courses can be non-letter graded i.e. may consist of credits transferred from Student Exchange programme, or courses with 'P' (Pass), or 'S' (Satisfactory) notations

^ compulsory course (s) still has to be taken in NTU and cannot exercise S/U option.