English Literature and Art History

During this four-year degree programme, undergraduates will read both Art History and English literature, benefiting from the expertise and resources of both the School of Humanities (SoH) and the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM).

For English Literature, students will focus both on traditional historical periods and on contemporary innovative approaches to the subject. Specialisations offered include All the major literary periods, Singaporean and Asian literatures, critical and literary theory, cultural studies, film studies, drama, postmodernism, and gender studies.

The Art History curriculum aims to equip students with a thorough knowledge and critical awareness of the global histories of art, culture and heritage, which will be taught through lectures, seminars and practical projects. Students will be trained in the rigours and methods of researching and writing about art, including specialisations in Global Art History, Asian Art History, Museums, Heritage, Curating and Contemporary Art and Theory. They will also benefit from ADM’s relationship to professional arts spaces such as the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA).

Graduates will develop key transferable skills highly prized by employers, which include visual and critical awareness, Careers in museums, art galleries and auction houses as curators or managers in conserving, valuing or auctioning works of art, antiques and other collectibles are common.

Other careers include arts administrator, archivist, museum education officer, picture editor or researcher, journalist, teacher or lecturer and exhibition or events organiser.


Curriculum for AY2019 Intake and after

Major Requirements
General Education Requirement (GER)
Total (AUs)
Prescribed Electives
Final Year Project
GER Core
GER Prescribed Electives
GER Unrestricted Electives
English Literature
Art History
 *Students may select one or two Final Year Projects, subject to the approval of the host schools. If they select just one, they have to read two 4000-level courses to fulfill the 8AUs requirement of the other discipline.

Curriculum for: AY2016 and AY2017 Intake  I  AY2018 Intake​​​​


​I. English Literature Curriculum

4 courses: 12 AUs
HL1001 Introduction to Literature
HL1002 Survey of English Literature I
HL1003 Survey of English Literature II
HL1005 Introduction to Singapore Literature

Prescribed Electives
11-12 Courses: 38 AUs
Choose at least TWO from Category A (including at least one of the following: HL2001, HL2002, HL2003, HL2004). Choose ONE each from Categories B, C, and D and the remaining AUs from any category. (At least THREE courses must be of HL4xxx.)

Note to English Literature Double Majors:
For the remaining 2 courses not specified in the Category requirements, besides courses from Cat A to D, you can choose the following uncategorised courses to count towards your Major Prescribed Electives:

  • HL1006 Introduction to American Literature
  • HL2024 Approaches to Literature 

Category A: Period Studies (Choose at least two electives)
HL2001 Medieval Literature 
HL2002 Renaissance Literature
HL2003 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
HL2004 Sensibility and Romanticism
HL2005 Victorian Literature
HL2006 Modernism
HL2007 Contemporary Literature and Culture
HL2027 Early American Literature 
HL2028 Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
HL2029 American Modernism 
HL2030 Post 1945 American Literature and Culture 
HL4015 Advanced Studies in Medieval Literature  
HL4016 Advanced Studies in Renaissance Literature 
HL4017 Advanced Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature 
HL4018 Advanced Studies in Romanticism 
HL4019 Advanced Studies in Victorian Literature 
HL4020 Advanced Studies in Modernist Literature 
HL4023 Advanced Studies in Twentieth-Century American Literature 
HL4024 Advanced Studies in Contemporary Literature
Category B: World Literatures (Choose at least one elective)
HL2008 Singapore Literature and Culture
HL2009 Southeast Asian Literature and Culture 
HL2010 East Asian Literature 
HL2011 Representations of Asia 
HL2012 Asian-American Literature 
HL2022 South Asian Literature 
HL2032 African Literature 
HL2033 Irish Writing: Romanticism to Modernism
HL2041 Asian Historical Fiction 
HL3007 Postcolonial Literature
HL3010 European Literature
HL3014 Latin American Literature
HL3034 Irish Writing: Modernism to the Contemporary
HL3041 Global Cities in World Literature
HL3042 Gothic Literature
HL4030 Scottish Literature
HL4031 Comparative Literature
HL4032 Urban Culture Asia 
HL4034 British Asian Literature
HL4038 Advanced Studies in Postcolonial Literature
Category C: Theory, Culture, and Film (Choose at least one elective)
HL2026 Reading Drama
HL2037 History of Film 
HL3001 Film Theory 
HL3002 Film, Politics and Ethics
HL3003 Film & Literature 
HL3004 World Cinema 
HL3006 Modern Drama
HL3016 Gender and Sexuality Studies
HL3037 Approaches to the Environmental Humanities
HL3038 Theatre of the Absurd
HL3040 Gender and Diversity
HL4005 Literary Criticism 
HL4006 Reading Texts: Advanced Critical Theory 
HL4008 Postcolonial Studies
HL4009 Popular Literature and Culture
HL4010 Feminist Studies   
HL4012 Advanced Studies in Drama  
HL4014 Advanced Studies in Film
HL4042 Being Human in Film and Literature 

Category D: Special Interest Areas (Choose at least one elective)
HI3001 1984:Past, Present, Prophecy
HI3002 Opera and Literature

HL2015 War in Literature and Film
HL2016 Literature and Madness
HL2020 Creative Writing Workshop
HL2021 Literature of Empire
HL2036 Virgins and Vixens
HL2039 ​Theatre Workshop
HL2040 Adapting the Classics
HL2042 Children's Literature  ​
HL2090 Special Topic in Literature I
HL3011 Science Fiction: Origins to Parody
HL3012 The Discourse of Love 
HL3013 Postmodernism
HL3017 The Rise of the Novel 
HL3024 Contemporary Women’s Writing
HL3030 Major Author Study: Shakespeare 
HL3036 History of the Book  
HL3039 Major Author Study: Samuel Beckett
HL3090 Special Topic in Literature III 
HL4013 Advanced Studies in Literature & Culture 
HL4028 Science and Literature 
HL4033 Major Author Study: James Joyce
HL4036 Literature and Medicine
HL4037 Writing the Self
HL4039 Advanced Studies in Children's Literature 
HL4040 Literature and Art
HL4041 Studies in Art Criticism and Culture
HL4090 Special Topic in Literature III 

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II. Art History Curriculum ​

4 courses: 12 AUs
DD1003 Introduction to Histories of Art I: Western Art History
DD1004 Introduction to Histories of Art II
DD2000 Introduction to the Histories of Southeast Asian Art
DD8002 Ways of Seeing: Exploring Visual Culture

Prescribed Electives
11-12 Courses: 38 AUs
Students must take ONE elective each from Categories A to D (4 Electives) and then are free to choose the remainder (7 or 8 Electives) from any category depending on areas they wish to specialise in.

Category A: Global Art Histories (Choose at least one elective)
DD2007 The Art and Architecture of the 'Long Century' 1789 – 1914
DD2008 Survey of Modern Art, 1900-1945
DD3022   Art In the Age of Colonialism
DD3013 From Modern to Post Modern Art 1945 – 1985 
DD8004 The Fantastic in Western Visual Arts
DD8008 Faith and Art
DD8011 Aesthetic Manifestations of Buddhist Devotion & Practice
DD8013 What is Art?
DD9011 British Art: 1839 – 1939

Category B: Contemporary Art & Theory (Choose at least one elective)
DD2003 Issues in Art History and Theory
DD2009 Survey of New Media
DD3008 Cities, Bodies, Memories: Art and Everyday Life in Contemporary Singapore
DD3010 Issues in Global Contemporary Art
DD3012 Research Methods in Art & Design
DF2006 Ethnographic Film
DF8000 Survey of Experimental Filmmaking

Category C: Curating, Heritage & Museums (Choose at least one elective)
DA9009 Exhibition Design
DD3015 Exhibition Histories: Museums to Biennales
DD8010 Visualization of Cultural Heritage
DD8012 Contemporary Curating
DD9006 Seminar in Theories and Practices of Heritage Activism
DD9010 Imag(in)ing the Silk Road: Heritage and Media
DD9013 Heritage Studies: An Introduction
DD9014 Introduction to Museum Studies

Category D: Asian Art Histories (Choose at least one elective)
DD2010 Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
DDxxxx Contemporary South-East Asian Art
DD8006 The Modern and Modernism in Southeast Asian Art
DD8007 From Colonialism to Toursium: Early Photography in Asia 
DD8009 Japanese Art: Edo to Contemporary
DD9012 West Asian Cultures and the Art and Architecture of the Ottoman Empire

Category E: Media & Design Histories
DD3016 History of Design 
DF2009 History of World Cinema
DP2002 History of Photography
DT2007 History and Culture of Animation, VFX and Game

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Cross-disciplinary Category
ELAH students can count these courses towards fulfilling the Art History Prescribed Electives or English Literature Prescribed Electives.

  • To fulfil Art History major requirement, students will be able to choose any of the courses in the Cross-disciplinary Category
  • To fulfil English Literature major requirement, students can only select non-English Literature courses
  • No double-counting is allowed, and students will still need to fulfil the total number of AUs as required by their programme of study
  • These are uncategorised courses and cannot be used to fulfil category requirement of both majors​


   HL2015  War in Literature and Film

   HL3001  Film Theory

   HL3036  The History of the Book

   HL4009  Popular Literature and Culture

   HL4014  Advanced Studies in Film

   HL4040  Literature and Art

   HL4041  Studies in Art Criticism and Culture

   HH3001  Historiography: Theory and Methods

   HH4015  Film: A Global History

   HY4007  Aesthetics