Second Major in Philosophy


The 2nd Major in Philosophy is open to all students in College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.

Below is the requirement for students who would like to pursue a 2nd Major in Philosophy.

  • Minimum GPA of 4.0 and above by the end of their first year at university
Students who choose to take 2nd Major in Philosophy are required to complete ELEVEN (11) courses.
A: Core
B: Prescribed
9​ 26​ 35​
3 Courses​ 8 Courses​​ ​​
  • ​Students must complete the THREE (3) core courses as they provide students with a solid foundation in the philosophical discipline.
  • Of the mandatory EIGHT (8) prescribed electives, students must choose at least TWO (2) HY4000 level courses.
Refer below for the list of courses:
A: Core Courses (9 AUs)
  • HY1001 Introduction to Philosophy (3 AUs)
  • HY1002 Symbolic Logic (3 AUs)  [Previous title - Logic and Paradoxes]
  • HY2002 Moral Philosophy (3 AUs)

B: Prescribed Elective Courses (26 AUs)

  • ​HY2003 Chinese Philosophy (3 AUs)
  • HY2004 Indian Philosophy (3 AUs)
  • HY2005 Political Philosophy (3 AUs)  [Previous title - Justice, Society and the State]
  • HY2008 Environmental Ethics (3 AUs)
  • HY2010 Ancient Philosophy (3 AUs)  [Previous title - Ancient Philosophy: The Examined Life]
  • HY2012 Early Modern Philosophy (3 AUs)  [Previous title - Modern Philosophy: Reason and Experience]
  • HY2014 Love (3 AUs)
  • HY2015 Happiness (3 AUs)  [New title - Philosophy of Well-Being, take effect from AY2019-20 Sem 2 onwards]
  • HY2016 Friendship (3 AUs)
  • HY2017 Philosophy of Film (3 AUs)
  • HY3001 Existentialism (3 AUs)  [Previous title - Existentialism: Freedom, Being, Death]
  • HY3003 World Religions (3 AUs)
  • HY3004 Reason and Faith (3 AUs)
  • HY3005 Great Ideas and Innovations (3 AUs)
  • HY3010 Philosophy of Science (3 AUs)
  • HY3011 Philosophy of Mind (3 AUs)  [Previous title - Minds and Machines]
  • HY3012 Philosophy of Technology (3 AUs)
  • HY3014 19th Century Continental Philosophy (3 AUs)
  • HY3015 20th Century Continental Philosophy (3 AUs)
  • HY3017 Philosophy and Music (3 AUs)
  • HY3018 Epistemology (3 AUs)
  • HY3019 Consequentialism (3 AUs) [New course, take effect from AY2019-20 Sem 2 onwards]
  • HY3020 Deontology (3 AUs) [New course, take effect from AY2019-20 Sem 2 onwards]
  • HY3024 Virtue Ethics (3 AUs)
  • HY4002 Knowledge and Reality (4 AUs)
  • HY4003 Advanced Epistemology (4 AUs)
  • HY4005 History of Analytic Philosophy (4 AUs)
  • HY4006 Philosophy of Physics (4 AUs)
  • HY4007 Aesthetics (4 AUs)  [Previous title - Art and Beauty]
  • HY4008 Advanced Moral Philosophy (4 AUs) [New course, take effect from AY2019-20 Sem 2 onwards]
  • HY4009 Value Theory (4 AUs) [New course, take effect from AY2019-20 Sem 2 onwards]
  • HY4011 Moral Psychology (4 AUs)
  • HY4013 Language and Being (4 AUs)  [New title - Philosophy of Language, take effect from AY2019-20 Sem 2 onwards]
  • HY4015 Philosophical Methodologies (4 AUs)
  • HY4021 Practical Rationality (4 AUs)
  • HY4023 Metaethics (4 AUs)
  • HY4024 Metaphysics (4 AUs)
  • HY4025 Ethics and Public Policy (4 AUs)
  • HY4037 Kant (4 AUs)
  • HY4110 Special Topics in Philosophy of Science (4 AUs)
  • HY4111 Special Topics in Ethics (4 AUs)
  • HY4112 Special Topics in Philosophy (4 AUs)
  • HY4113 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy (4 AUs)
  • HY4114 Special Topics in Logic (4 AUs)
  • HY4115 Special Topics in Buddhist Philosophy (4 AUs)
  • HY4116 Phenomenology (4 AUs)
  • HY4120 Special Topics in Philosophy of Science II (4 AUs)
  • HY4121 Special Topics in Ethics II (4 AUs)
  • HY4122 Special Topics in Philosophy II (4 AUs)
  • HY4123 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy II (4 AUs)
  • HY4124 Special Topics in Logic II (4 AUs)
  • HY4130 Special Topics in Philosophy of Science III (4 AUs)
  • HY4131 Special Topics in Ethics III (4 AUs)
  • HY4132 Special Topics in Philosophy III (4 AUs)
  • HY4133 Special Topics in Chinese Philosophy III (4 AUs)


Important notes to 2nd Major students
  • All Philosophy core courses must be completed in NTU.
  • All 2nd Major courses must be read as GER-Unrestricted Electives.
  • Our School will grant an exemption to 2nd Major students from 2 GER-Prescribed Elective courses. Exemptions will be in the GER-PE-Any category worth a total of 6 AUs. These 6 AUs will be transferred to the GER-Unrestricted Electives basket to give them ample room to complete their 2nd Major.
  • Additional 10 AUs will be allocated to the GER-Unrestricted Electives ​basket so that students can take courses outside their 1st and 2nd Majors.
  • Students will graduate with a BA (Hons) degree in their 1st Major and the 2nd Major will reflect on the final transcript.​