Published on: 03-Feb-2021
The School of Humanities (SoH) at Nanyang Technological University is proud to announce 10 new double major undergraduate degrees for the August 2021 cohort of undergraduates. The degrees offer both depth and breadth in two major disciplines.
With this major restructuring of education in the School of Humanities, students can now apply to study any two subjects taught by the School as a double major. According to Professor Neil Murphy, Chair of the School of Humanities, the new degree options will "add new kinds of carefully-curated double majors for students who wish to excel in two major subjects, while the existing single majors will continue to be offered for all those who want to focus primarily on one major area."
Drawing from the School's strengths in core humanities subjects in English, Chinese Studies, History, Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, and Philosophy, the double majors will give students a rigorous training in cross-disciplinary approaches to the study of language, history, texts, and ideas. The new degrees are well-suited to highly motivated students who can rise to the challenge of studying two subjects at an advanced level.
The new double majors are:
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies and Philosophy
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Linguistics and Multilingual Studies and English
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Chinese and Linguistics and Multilingual Studies
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English and Philosophy
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy and History
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Philosophy and Chinese
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English and History
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Chinese and English
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in History and Chinese
In contrast to a second major, which is meant to supplement a single major, the double majors are two full majors taken in a single course of study. The double majors deliver a comprehensive curriculum in both majors, while requiring only 10% more academic unit credits than a single major. This gives students the freedom to choose a broad variety of elective modules in other subjects that interest them.
Students in this innovative double major programme will explore the intersection between two disciplines of scholarship. For instance, Chinese and English double majors will learn to be equally adept in the analysis of literary works written in English and Mandarin Chinese. In so doing, they will gain a comparative perspective, allowing them to grasp the similarities and differences in the tropes and historical contexts of English and Chinese literary traditions.
Alongside the 10 new double major programmes, the School of Humanities already operates two highly successful double majors: the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Literature and Art History, which is offered jointly with the NTU School of Art, Design, and Media, and the Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Psychology and Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, which is offered jointly with the NTU School of Social Sciences.
Students who embark on a double major will have the same opportunities open to all SoH undergraduates. These include both local and overseas exchange programmes, the possibility of pursuing independent research projects supervised by faculty mentors, and a 10-week professional attachment programme where students can either arrange their own internship, or select from a list of internship opportunities curated by the NTU Career and Attachment Office.
Career prospects for students who pursue the humanities double majors range across the arts, non-profit and non-governmental organisations, banking and finance, education and research, healthcare, lexicography and translation, and civil service. Graduates who have earned double major degrees can signal to employers that they have achieved a thoroughly interdisciplinary education.
The SoH double majors are curated in the same spirit as NTU's new Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Core (ICC) Requirement. The ICC, which is compulsory for all new NTU undergraduates from 2021 onwards, aims to instil transferrable skills and an understanding of key global challenges. Likewise, all the SoH double majors educate students to be versatile movers and shakers in a world where solutions often require leveraging diverse sources of knowledge.
Professor Joseph Liow, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at NTU, gave his take on how the Humanities double majors enhance the University's curriculum. "As humanity stands at the cusp of a technological and digital revolution, questions of culture and identity, and being and belonging, have become even more important. In the quest to better understand ourselves, a strong humanities education is imperative. At the School of Humanities, NTU, we have devised comprehensive programmes comprising a suite of courses and major combinations that we believe will provide both the breadth and depth required to achieve this."
Come August, the new SoH double majors will greatly expand students' opportunities to appreciate the power of a humanities education.
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