Undergraduate Programmes


Interdisciplinary Minors

The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) believes in cultivating intellectual curiosity among our students. One of our approaches is to allow students to explore and pursue interdisciplinary minors that cross the boundaries of the various disciplines.

If students find that their interests fall outside traditional divisional or school lines, HASS offers the following interdisciplinary Minors, drawing on the courses from the School of Art, Design and Media, School of Humanities, School of Social Sciences, and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. An interdisciplinary Minor is a great option for motivated students who are looking to enrich their education experience.


Minor in Film

The Minor in Film at NTU is an interdisciplinary program drawing on courses from the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS), comprising School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), School of Humanities (SoH), School of Social Sciences (SSS), and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI). Thus, Film at NTU draws on the expertise and talents of faculty from across the College curriculum, offers a varied conceptual and academic focus, and a wide range of courses, ensuring students are able to work towards a coherent academic programme while simultaneously pursuing their primary degree subject. Film is an important discipline within the College, and of growing importance within Singapore and the South East Asian Region.

Overview of the Programme
What is Film? How do we understand it? How does it provoke our responses? These three questions guide our courses in film. Through close textual analysis (rhetorically and grammatically), we examine how film figures and displays meaning. Across the three schools students have the opportunity to approach Film from a variety of approaches, including film-making, film criticism, film theory, and the history of film, and to respond to film in aesthetic, ethical and cultural contexts, among others.

Key Aspects of the Programme
The Minor in Film builds on the culture of interdisciplinary learning and research at NTU and represents an important component to undergraduate studies and other HASS majors. Specifically a Minor in Film enables students to:

  • Develop insights into the dynamics of imaging the world
  • Learn the skills to analyse film in many theoretical contexts
  • Understand developments in film by studying relationships between the production, distribution, exhibition and reception of movies and their historical circumstances.
  • Develop the necessary critical language to formulate responses to film
  • Learn a variety of skills that will enable them to make a meaningful contribution to the arts, film and cultural industries in Singapore 

The Minor in Film compliments existing degree programmes at NTU. It encourages cross-school academic work, and ultimately cross-college engagement. As well, it also allows students to pursue research into areas concerned with New Media.

Selection Criteria
All undergraduate students of NTU will be eligible to take the minor. Students must read and passed FL8001 (min grade of B) first before reading other electives in the minor basket and continue in the minor programme.

Graduation Requirements
Students wishing to take the Minor in Film will need to pass the core subject AND at least four other courses from the table below.

1 Core

FL8001 Introduction to Film Studies

4 Unrestricted Electives


DF2000 Film Production 1
DF2001 Film Editing
DF2003 Cinematography 1
DT2007 History of Animation
DF2009 History of World Cinema
DF2010 Acting for Film
DF2011 Sound for Film
DF3001 Cinematography for Visual Effects
DF3002 Documentary Filmmaking
DF3010 Experimental Film Production
DF3012 Film Directing

DF3013 Producing for Film and Media
DF8000 Survey of Experimental Film


HC3014 Cultural Study of Chinese Cinemas (in Mandarin)
HT9202 Introduction to Audiovisual Translation (in Mandarin)
HC9016 Chinese Cinemas: Methods and Issues (to be taught in English)


HL2011 Representations of Asia
HL2015 War in Literature and Film
HL2037 History of Film
HL3001 Film Theory
HL3002 Film, Politics and Ethics
HL3003 Film & Literature
HL3004 World Cinema
HL4014 Advanced Studies in Film 


HH4015 Film: A Global History


CS2027 Genre and Narrative Strategies
CS4053 Popular Cinema
CS4054 Asian Cinema
CS4068 Issues in Cinema Studies
CS2300 Acting and Directing for TV and Film
CS4026 Documentary Film and TV: Concepts and Applications
CS4027 Narrative Film and TV: Concepts and Applications
CS4079 Issues in Cinema Studies: Cinema and Social Currents
CS4260 Film Festivals: History and Theory
CS4312 Women in Film and TV Industries
CS8900 Global Cinema 

Students can take any ONE of the following as part of the minor:

DF2005 Writing For Film (ADM)
HZ9205 Creative Writing: Screenwriting (SoH)
CS4024 Writing for Cinema and TV (WKWSCI)​


Minor in Film Coordinators
The Minor in Film Studies coordinators are drawn from ADM and WKWSCI. Currently, they include:

    WKWSCI students specialising in Broadcast and Cinema Studies (BCS) will not be allowed to use the same CS courses offered under the Minor in Film to fulfill curriculum requirements under the track specialisation and the Minor progamme. If you are specialising in BCS and would also like to pursue a Minor in Film, please opt for courses outside of the BCS track.



Minor in Geography and Urban Planning

The Minor in Geography and Urban Planning (GUP) at NTU is a program that introduces students to spatial thinking about our contemporary societies, urban development and the physical environment. GUP is based in the School of Social Sciences (SSS) in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) but actively cross-lists elective courses from the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM), School of Humanities (SoH), Asia School for the Environment (ASE) and National Institute of Education (NIE).

Overview of the Programme
Space plays a critical role in shaping societal and environmental changes. Its influence in ordering growth, ways of life and politics of development is often invisible but significant. As many parts of the world enter into urbanization and the urban way of life, our relationship with space is intensified. GUP’s distinctive focus is to introduce and equip undergraduate students with a set of spatial lenses to understand and analyse society and its organization. For this purpose, GUP draws on multiple disciplines including sociology, political science, history, art, ecology and policy to develop students’ appreciation and awareness that the role of space plays in shaping urban life, public discourses and policy decisions.

Key Aspects of the Programme
A key aspect of the Minor in Geography and Urban Planning is the opportunity it offers students to develop a theory-practice framework to understand our contemporary societies and cities. Courses in Geography enrich students with a theoretical understanding of space, while courses in Urban Planning enable students to learn how to effect practical change to urban spaces. Therefore, we envision the GUP program to equip graduates with the capability to critically address the problems of contemporary societies and to creatively pursue possibilities for alternative urban futures.  

All undergraduate students of HASS will be eligible to take the minor. Students will read 5 courses or at least 15 AUs in total for this programme, including the core compulsory course (HU1001 Introduction to Geography OR HU1002 Introduction to Urban Planning) AND at least 4 other courses from the list of unrestricted electives listed in the table below.


HU1001 Introduction to Geography and HU1002 Introduction to Urban Planning will serve as a co-requisite to all unrestricted electives in the GUP minor basket i.e., Students can enroll the core course alongside other minor electives. Students will read the courses below as Unrestricted Electives (UE) and using them to double-count towards 2 Minor programmes will not be allowed.

1 Core
Choose any ONE course from the following:

HU1001: Introduction to Geography and Urban Planning (Will be renamed to Introduction to Geography wef AY2019)

HU1002: Introduction to Urban Planning
4 Unrestricted Electives
Choose any FOUR courses from the following:
Geography and Urban Planning
HU2002: Urban Life and Urban Planning
HU2003: The Geographies of Uneven Development
HU2004: Borders, Power, and Culture 
HA4032: What is a City? (only students with prerequisite of either HU1002 or HU2002 can enroll)

Asian School Of Environment
ES1001: Environment and Society 
ES2202: Global Environment Politics and Governance
NIE Geography
AAG10C Techniques in Geography
AAG10A Elements of Physical Geography
(This module is a pre-requisite to join NIE for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programmes)
AAG23H Introduction to GIS
AAG23B Remote Sensing
Arts, Design and Media
DD3008: Cities, Bodies, Memories, Art and Everyday Life in Contemporary Singapore
History (only 1 History course may be taken)
HH2001: Singapore: The Making of a Cosmopolitan City-State
HH3028: Global History of Capitalism
PPGA (only 1 PPGA course may be taken)
HA2003: Politics and Government in Southeast Asia
HA3005: Politics of the Developing World
HA3018: Borderless Migration?  
Sociology (only 1 Sociology course may be taken)
HS2007: Understanding Globalization
HS2008: Social Class and Inequality
HS2013: Migration and Multiculturalism
HS2023: Environmental Sociology

Minor in Geography and Urban Planning Coordinators
Felicity Chan:
Ian Rowen:
Ye Junjia:




Minor in Global Asia

Asia is the world’s most populous continent, with many vibrant economies. It has 48 independent countries, 6 partially recognized countries and another 6 dependencies/special administrative regions. It has the 2nd largest nominal GDP in the world, after the continent of Europe and contains 1st World as well as 3rd World countries. In particular, the continent is dominated by 3 giants, namely China, India and Indonesia. With their healthy economic growth, these 3 countries will be the driving force of Asia’s rise in the 21st century. As Singapore’s future is extremely dependent on the performance of our Asian neighbors, it is hence timely that NTU offers a new Minor programme focusing on Asian Studies and Asia’s role in the world today, in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It is hoped that the new Minor will enhance our students’ knowledge in a wide aspect of Asia, from economics to media to art history.

Overview of the Programme
By drawing upon courses offered by divisions in the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences, the School of Art, Design and Media and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information, students will engage with the social, economic, cultural, and technological aspects of Asia in the global environment and in diverse settings. The courses included cover areas of economics, psychology, sociology, English literature, philosophy, public administration, history, linguistics, media and journalism and art.  This Minor will be made available to all NTU students in Semester 1, AY2013/14.

Selection Criteria
All undergraduate students of HASS will be eligible to take the minor.

Graduation Requirements
Students will have to read 5 courses totaling at least 15 AUs in courses for this programme. They need to read ONE or TWO compulsory courses and THREE or FOUR other electives from 3 sub-groups below.

There will be a selection of compulsory and elective courses to choose from. Courses in Sub Group A are offered by the School of Humanities and the School of Social Sciences, courses in Sub Group B are offered by the School of Art, Design and Media, while those in Sub Group C are offered by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications and Information.

Students will read the courses below as Unrestricted Electives (UE) and using them to double-count towards 2 Minor programmes will not be allowed.

Compulsory courses
(Students need to read ONE or
TWO courses from the following)   

HL1005:  Singapore Literature and Culture I
HH1002:  Asia-Pacific in Global History: Pre-1800
HH1003:  Asia-Pacific in Global History: From 1800
HS1002:  Singapore Society in Transition
HA3014:  Singapore’s Foreign Policy

Sub Group A - Humanities and
Social Sciences 
(Students to take AT LEAST ONE course)


HL2010: East Asian Literature
HE2015: Macroeconomic Issues and Policies in Contemporary China
HE3003: The Chinese Economy
HS3050: Society and Culture in SouthEast Asia
HG3020: Language Planning and Policy
HG2032: Globalization and World Englishes
HY2003: Chinese Philosophy
HA2006: The Rise of China
HA3016: China’s Foreign Policy
HP3902: Psychology in the Asian Context

Sub Group B - Art
(Students to take AT LEAST ONE course)


DD2010: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art
DD3010: Issues in Global Contemporary Art
DD3011: Contemporary South-East Asian Art
DD3022: Art in the Age of Colonialism
DD8006: The Modern and Modernism in Southeast Asian Art
DD9010: Imag(in)ing the Silk Road

Sub Group C - Media, Journalism
and Communications

(Students to take AT LEAST ONE course)


CS2051: Comparative Press Systems
CS2022: Multimedia Writing in Chinese
CS0209: Media Law, Ethics and Policies (focus on Singapore’s media law)
CS4015: Multimedia News and Feature Writing in Chinese
CS4054: Asian Cinema
CS4017: Specialised Journalism: Public Affairs
CS4061: Global Media Issues and Policy
CS4160: The Korean Wave: A Multidisciplinary Perspective


Minor in Science, Technology and Society

The understanding of the manifold relationships between science and society is the goal of the interdisciplinary field of “Science, Technology, and Society.” Drawing on history, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, media and communication studies, and other fields, this minor will seek to introduce undergraduate students to ways of thinking about science and technology from a range of social and humanist perspectives. As a “technological” University with growing strengths in the humanities and social sciences, “Science, Technology, and Society” should form a critical part of both scientific, engineering, and social science education. Scientists and engineers need to be equipped to think about technical problems, from a range of points of view, including a social science perspective. Likewise, students of the humanities and social sciences should be able to get a better grasp of the technosciences and how they impact our lives and society.   The aim of this minor, then, is to build an intellectual bridge between the humanities, social sciences, and the natural science and engineering and to educate provide ways for all students to develop ways of thinking creatively and innovatively about science, technology, and its role in the world.  NTU is in a particularly good position to offer this minor and develop its strengths in “Science, Technology, and Society.”

Students will have to read 5 courses of at least 15 AUs in total for this programme. There will be a core compulsory course (ST9001: Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society), and four other courses from list of courses below.

The compulsory course is designed to provide students with essential knowledge under this Minor in Science, Technology and Society (STS).  In lieu of the existing prerequisites, ST9001 Introduction to Science, Technology and Society will serve as a co-requisite to all STS courses. Students who have declared their intent to read the Minor will then be able to take STS courses even if they do not have the necessary course-based prerequisites.

Students will read the courses below as Unrestricted Electives (UE), and using them to double-count towards two Minor programmes will not be allowed.

Compulsory course​ ​ST9001: Introduction to Science, Technology and Society
Students to take any four courses from this list ​HH2015: Biopolitics and East Asian History
HH2017: History of Information Technology
HH3019: History of the Body
HH3010: Biotechnology and Society
HY3010: Philosophy of Science
HY3012: Philosophy of Technology
HY3005: Great Ideas and Innovations
HL4028: Science and Literature
HS2019: Sociology of Science and Technology
HS3014: Health, Medicine and Society
HS3058: Ethical and Social Implications of Genomic Science
HS4019: Body, Self and Society
HP4201: Technology and Social Behavior
HA3011: Science, technology and public policy
CS2059 Social Consequences of Mobile Communication
CS4043 Specialised Journalism: Science & Health

Minor in STS Coordinator
Hallam Stevens: HStevens@ntu.edu.sg    



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