Our graduates go onto a wide range of sectors and many different types of jobs:
- Civil service and public administration
- Management (including human resources and corporate communications)
- Education and training
- Media (including public relations, advertising and journalism)
- Business and marketing
- Financial and insurance sectors
- Creative industries (including the arts, arts management, heritage, design)
- Non-profit and social service sectors
At NTU Sociology, we focus on training students in core skills and competencies that are important in every workplace. These include pitching novel perspectives and ideas, knowing how to take initiative, and adapting to fast-changing conditions. We train our students to think dynamically, to not only look for answers in the usual places but to also know how to ask new questions. We provide opportunities to craft questions and arguments—both in writing and speech—and to work collaboratively in teams. We also provide research training in both qualitative and quantitative methods.
In today’s workplace, most people will have many different jobs in their careers. The ability to acquire new skills is crucial. We believe the culture at NTU fosters this, helping students to evaluate things critically, and cultivate an openness to challenging themselves in areas they find unfamiliar or even uncomfortable.
The core courses provide foundational training in how sociologists frame questions about the social world. Students learn about the methodologies sociologists use in empirical research and receive training in both qualitative and quantitative methods. These courses teach skills in critical thinking and communicating complex ideas. They also expose students to a range of interesting social, political, and economic phenomena in Singapore and elsewhere.
The elective courses deal with specific substantive topics in greater depth. Some examples of these courses include Environmental Sustainability; Population and Society; Ethnicity and Ethnic Relations; Social Policy and Social Change; Sociology of Mental Health; Social Class and Inequality.
Faculty at NTU Sociology have active research pursuits in a wide range of areas, such as climate change and the environment; migration and social integration; urban sustainability; social forces shaping science and technology; ageing and mental health; demographic changes and the sociology of the family; social policy and state power; gender, class, and ethnoracial inequalities; political economy of land and food; religion and religiosity; pop culture and social psychology.
In order to fulfill Graduation requirements, students undertake either a Graduation Project or two additional 4000-level seminars.
The Graduation Project (GP) is a major project typically undertaken in the fourth year of study. Students may pursue the GP as a solo project or in teams. With the support of a faculty advisor, students craft research questions, design research methods, collect data, and analyse and write up a thesis.
- Students with CGPA of 3.90 and above must complete the GP.
- Those with CGPA between 3.75 and 3.90 may opt in to do the GP, subject to approval by the division.
- Students with CGPA below 3.75 will not be allowed to conduct the GP.
The GP is compulsory for those seeking to obtain Honours (Highest Distinction) / First Class or Honours (Distinction) / Second Class Upper Honours.
We believe in supporting students in bridging international and intellectual borders.
Besides major programmes, there are also more than 40 Minor programmes that Sociology undergraduates may consider. Students interested in pursuing more exposure in another field may consider doing a Minor. For a list of Minor programmes under HASS, see here.