Undergraduate Programmes

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The Majors

 

Art, Design & Media

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a four-year degree programme. From AY2017 onwards, students may choose one of the two programmes - BFA in Design Art and BFA in Media Art. This degree combines a rigorous foundation in traditional art and design studio disciplines with innovative developments in new media. In addition, students will also engage in cultural and historical studies for a balanced and holistic education. While this degree retains the canonical core elements of an art and design programme, it also reflects a breadth of interests, relevant both regionally and globally.

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Chinese

This four-year direct honours programme provides a concrete foundation in both classical and modern Chinese literature, a deeper understanding of Chinese language, and a broader perspective on Modern China and the Chinese diaspora in Southeast Asia. The programme aims to equip students with multidisciplinary research skills and bilingual capabilities.

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Communication Studies

The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) is the top communication school in Asia. It offers a four-year undergraduate degree programme, the Bachelor of Communication Studies with honours. The programme trains and prepares graduates to be leaders in the field of communication. Students receive the best training from top professors and practitioners in media and communication. Students can design their own programme by choosing to specialize (or engage in interdisciplinary studies) in any of the following: journalism, broadcast and cinema studies, advertising, public relations, and communication policy and research. There are also opportunities to study abroad at prestigious overseas universities such as Cornell University, Peking University and the University of Southern California.

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Economics

Economics is a social science that deals with the creation, distribution and consumption of wealth. Because it is about people and the real world, the study of Economics enables students to learn about banking, finance, globalization, and also about broader social issues such as poverty, education, health, and the environment. It is a versatile discipline with close links to politics, sociology, psychology, business and finance. This four-year degree programme offers a solid training in economic theory and statistical methods and offers a wide choice of courses to suit students’ interest and mathematical aptitude. Students may select one of three areas of concentration in Development and Public Policy, Finance and Business, or Quantitative Economics. Students may also choose to do a general economics major covering a wide selection of modules without the need to specialize.

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English Literature

This four-year direct honours programme combines the study of traditional canonical literature with a diverse range of contemporary approaches to literature, film, and critical theory. While the programme covers all aspects of traditional literary studies, it also remains constantly alert to new developments in literature and culture. Students can choose to specialize in comparative literature, Singaporean and Asian literatures, drama, critical and literary theory, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Postmodernism, or Gender Studies. The Division of English also offers teaching in Creative Writing.

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History

The History programme offers foundational courses such as historiography and the histories of particular continents, regions and countries. Students will not only understand Asia’s vibrant dynamisms and longstanding interactions with the outside world, but they will also be equipped with the tools to understand the complex and multidimensional impacts that science, medicine and technology have had on the development of contemporary societies, regions, and the world. Students will develop the ability to draw upon their understanding of the past and other cultures to provide informed advice about public policy, contemporary scientific and technological developments, and cross-cultural business decisions and opportunities.

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Linguistics & Multilingual Studies

Linguistics is the scientific study of one of the fundamental features of being human – the ability to communicate through language. In this direct honours degree programme, students investigate the key facets of human communicative behaviour by studying a wide range of topics – from how meaning is created to the impact of modern technology on the everyday use of language. The interdisciplinary nature of our curriculum provides a solid education through learning about language in a broad range of disciplines, including anthropology, communication, computer science, education, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Designed with a focus on multilingual individuals and multilingual societies, the curriculum complements the university’s strengths in science and technology, and addresses Singapore’s need for a linguistically competent workforce in an increasingly globalised world.

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Philosophy

Philosophy literally means, “love of wisdom.” As an academic discipline, philosophy is concerned with the study of fundamental problems such as those connected to the nature of knowledge, reality, existence, mind, language, science, and morality. It involves a broad and systematic critical examination of questions that underlie the foundations of other disciplines. As such, philosophy shapes the way we think and act. It also heightens our sensitivity towards the nuances of life and simultaneously enhances our ability to engage with them. Students will develop critical thinking skills, communication skills, reflective consciousness and other transferable skills, which will enable them to flexibly adapt to the changing circumstances of the world.

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Psychology

Psychology is the study of the human mind and behavior. It is an interdisciplinary subject, spanning topics from biological science, medical science, neuroscience, to social science. The broad-based undergraduate programme offers students a comprehensive education in psychology: with basic knowledge of the main fields of psychology, as well as opportunities for focused study in more specialized areas such as clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychological study of culture and social cognition. Students develop solid research and writing skills, and become good problem solvers, with a well-developed critical thinking ability when it comes to analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating information. In Singapore and abroad, opportunities for graduates in psychology are increasing in both government agencies as well as in the private sector.

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Public Policy & Global Affairs

This four year direct honours programme offers courses that focus on global, Asian and Singaporean societies with an interdisciplinary orientation. The programme will equip students with theoretical and practical knowledge in areas such as policy analysis, public policy, international relations and comparative politics. The professional training in public policy, political dynamics, international politics, comparative public administration, and global affairs lays a solid foundation for graduates for a possible career in the public, non-profit, or even business sector in Singapore, and in regional and international governmental or non-governmental organisations.

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Sociology

Sociology is the study of social relations, how they are formed and what their consequences are. It is the broadest of all social science disciplines: all spheres of social life – cultural, economic, and political – are open to sociological inquiry. Through this four-year direct honours programme, students will learn to analyse the social conditions that impact human lives, and confront difficult issues affecting different people in different ways. The curriculum emphasises critical thinking, theoretical reasoning, empirical research and communication skills. The study of sociology will help students to develop the ability to think through complex issues and go beyond conventional wisdom – an ability essential to many organisations and vocations today.

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Engineering & Economics

Jointly offered by the College of Engineering and the School of Social Sciences, this five-year programme aims to equip graduates with a dual competency in Engineering and Economics – qualities that are highly valued in today’s globalized environment.

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Mathematics & Economics

In the pursuit of financially rewarding and challenging careers, many graduates become part of, and excel in, the thriving and robust finance industry in Singapore. The School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the School of Social Sciences are offering a Joint Honours programme in Mathematics and Economics which prepares and equips students for exciting and challenging careers in the financial sector.

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Psychology with a Second Major in Biological Sciences

With a rising emphasis in Singapore on the awareness of mental health, there is increasing demand for professionals with an interdisciplinary background in biological sciences and psychology. Graduates from this programme can explore further education leading to professions such as counselling psychologist, occupational psychologist, clinical psychologist, educational psychologist and neuropsychologist.

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