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​NTU launches new degree programmes in humanities, arts and social sciences to prepare students for a new world of connectivity

Published on: 03-Mar-2016


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) is launching seven new undergraduate degree programmes in the humanities, arts and social sciences. 

Visitors to the NTU Open House 2016 held this Saturday, 5 Feb, from 9.30am to 6.30pm, can find out more about these four-year direct honours degrees that will be offered by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) in August with the start of the new academic year.

Six of these new programmes are double major programmes offered by the college’s School of Art, Design and Media, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information. 

Leading to a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in both majors, these six programmes with a strong interdisciplinary theme, are designed for high achievers.

The new offerings include a first in Singapore – a combination of English Literature with Art History. This double major programme is aimed at grooming professionals to be adept at analysing and interpreting information spanning the great works of art from the Renaissance period to present day.

Another new programme is a joint communication and business degree leading to an honours degree in Communication Studies, with a second major in Business. This is offered by the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in conjunction with the Nanyang Business School.

Explaining the need for the new degree programmes, Senior Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education, Professor Kam Chan Hin, said, “Employers today look for graduates who demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills, as well as intellectual curiosity. These qualities are necessary to tackle problems creatively from new perspectives across different disciplines. We expect these new interdisciplinary programmes to give students the extra edge that will boost their careers.”


Interdisciplinary double major programmes

The new programmes are:

  • - Double Major in Economics and Media Analytics
  • - Double Major in Economics and Psychology
  • - Double Major in Economics and Public Policy & Global Affairs
  • - Double Major in English Literature and Art History
  • - Double Major in Psychology and Linguistics & Multilingual Studies
  • - Double Major in Psychology and Media Analytics

Amongst them, the Double Major in Economics/Psychology and Media Analytics will enable students to understand complex data, and effectively engage the shifting social and digital media landscape. 

Students will gain high-level competency in evaluating organisational opportunities and risks in today’s dynamic and ever-changing media scene. It will also sharpen their analytical ability with respect to the complex information found in web and social media applications.

The Double Major in English Literature and Art History will help professionals in their visual and critical awareness so they can effectively contribute to Singapore’s exciting Arts and Culture environment.

Professor Alan Chan, Dean of NTU’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, said, “The new Double Major Bachelor of Arts programme provides students with good depth in two academic disciplines, while at the same time offers sufficient flexibility in the curriculum for students to explore their interests outside of their majors.”


Joint communication and business programme

In addition, the Bachelor of Communication Studies with a Second Major in Business programme combines the strengths of two of Singapore’s most renowned academic schools – the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, and the Nanyang Business School.

Taught by top international faculty, communication students will gain advanced leadership skills and specialised knowledge in marketing and finance, all of which will offer them distinct advantages in their careers.

Students will follow one of several existing concentrations from communication studies, while taking business and accountancy courses from six specialist tracks – Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Business Analytics, Operations, and Strategic Human Resource. 

Students will also gain high-level competency in evaluating organisational opportunities and risks in today’s dynamic and ever-changing media scene. It will sharpen their analytical ability with respect to the variety of information provided by web and social media applications.

Associate Professor Neil Murphy, Associate Dean (Undergraduate) of NTU’s College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences said, “The new double major and the collaboration between the Wee Kim Wee School and Nanyang Business School, show yet again how genuinely innovative the college has become in the humanities, arts, and social sciences – these are exciting times for students in our disciplines.”

With these seven new offerings, NTU will offer 110 undergraduate degree programmes for the new Academic Year 2016/2017 which starts in August.

Please see Annex A​ for the full list of new NTU degree programmes to be offered in Aug 2016. 

For more information on the full range of programmes on offer, visit the NTU Open House 2016 on Saturday, 5 Feb. For more details see: NTU Open House 2016.


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Media contact:

Nur Amin Shah
Assistant Manager (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office 
Nanyang Technological University
​Email: aminshah(at)ntu.edu.sg 


About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a joint medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up with Imperial College London.
 
NTU Singapore is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI). 
 
Ranked 13th in the world, NTU Singapore has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last two years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
 
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg

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