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The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at NTU consists of nine divisions, each of which offers undergraduate degrees, in addition to a wide range of postgraduate degrees by coursework and research. The uniqueness of each division reflects the diversity within the school, but there is also a commitment to the development of interdisciplinary approaches and collaborative scholarly activities.

HSS offers degrees in nine disciplines: Chinese, Economics, English Literature, History, Linguistics and Multilingual Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Public Policy and Global Affairs and Sociology.

Students interested in the rich traditions of Chinese culture and history will feel right at home in the Division of Chinese at HSS where there is a special focus on contemporary China, Chinese overseas, cultural studies and translation studies. Our global and contemporary outlook enable you to be apply your knowledge of Chinese culture and history to the modern world around you.

One of the largest divisions in HSS, the Division of Economics was founded by faculty from the Division of Applied Economics in the Nanyang Business School, one of Asia’s leading business programmes. Here, you will be able to delve into the many fields of theoretical and applied economics from faculty members who consult at prominent international organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank as well as local government ministries such as the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

One of the leading centres of research and teaching in Asia, the Division of English is the place for you if you’re interested in literature, film and cultural and critical theory. Boasting multicultural faculty with the best of international standards and literary practices, you will enjoy a blend of the best of traditional scholar methods with important contemporary theoretical and artistic approaches in your studies at the Division of English.

Whether it's rethinking the multiple dimensions of Asian history in a global context, exploring how science, technology and medicine have transformed human societies or how the past affects the present, the History Programme at HSS provides you with deep knowledge of world history and other cultures and polities beyond Asia.

Devoted to the study of language, the Division of Linguistics and Multilingual Studies is the first of its kind in Singapore and the region. Innovative in its approach, the division’s multicultural faculty offers a curriculum that is both theoretical and practical, enabling you to acquire excellent language and communication skills – traits that are essential for a fast growing and globalised knowledge-based economy.

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. If you are looking to develop your ability to coherently analyse, conceptualise and critically examine complex or abstract ideas, the Philosophy Programme at HSS will provide you with the necessary thinking skills to undertake broad and systemic critical examinations of questions that underlie the foundations of other disciplines.

If you have interest and career aspirations in public administration, public policy making and international relations, the Public Policy and Global Affairs (PPGA) Programme offers you a scholarly understanding of political institutions and behaviour, public policy and administration, and the values and ethics of government.

If the study of the relationship between brain function and behaviour, and between the environment and behaviour interests you, then Psychology is the field for you. One of the fastest growing departments in Asia, the Psychology Division of HSS offers you a broad-based, internationally benchmarked course in the understanding, research and application of psychology.

Sociology is the study of social relations, how they are formed and what their consequences are. The Division of Sociology in HSS provides you with in-depth analysis and a breadth of exposure to a wide array of social research. If you are driven to understand how norms and values shape peoples’ lives; how power works in a political system and how social inequalities are maintained and how social equity is achieved maintained, then Sociology is for you.

The School also offers six additional Minors in Creative Writing, Environmental and Urban Studies, History, Philosophy, Public Administration, and Translation. In addition to the Language and Communication Centre which provides teaching of English and communication courses for students across the NTU campus, the School also houses the Centre for Chinese Language and Culture as well as the Centre for Modern Languages.