History Major

Curriculum Structure​

Before AY2014-15 Intake​  |  AY2014-15 Intake onwards​  |  AY2017-18 Intake onwards

To graduate, students must complete 2 categories of requirements, totalling 126 AUs. The 2 categories are as follows:
A.  Major Requirements (69 AUs)
B.  General Education Requirements (GER) (57 AUs) 

​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​​ ​Curriculum Structure
      AY2017-18 Intake onwards

​​​ ​​​ ​A. Major Requirements ​​ ​B. ​General Education Requirement (GER) Total (AUs)
​Core Prescribed
​FYP or Two
level courses
Core Prescribed
​15 ​46 ​8 ​12 ​15 ​30 ​126

Major Requirements (69 AUs)
The requirements for a History major consist of 3 components:

A1. History Core Courses (15 AUs)
A2. History Prescribed Electives (46 AUs)
A3. Graduation Project (FYP) or 2 HH4000 level courses (8AUs)
       (The two HH4000 level courses are for those who are not eligible to do FYP.)

A1. History Core (Compulsory) Courses

The 5 core courses (15 AUs) are compulsory courses which students must complete. Each course (unless otherwise stated) is equivalent to 3 AUs.

  • HH1001 What is History?
  • HH1002 Asia-Pacific in Global History: Pre-1800 or
    HH1003 Asia-Pacific in Global History: From 1800
  • HH1004 Science and Technology in Historical Perspective
  • HH2001 Singapore: The Making of a Cosmopolitan City-State
  • HH3001 Historiography: Theory and Methods

A2. History Prescribed Electives Courses

Students must complete 14 prescribed electives:

(i) At least 10 at HH1000, HH2000 and HH3000 levels and at least 4 at HH4000 level and;
(ii) Choose at least 1 course from each of the following 3 categories. 

Global Asia

  • HH1008 The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia (3 AUs)
  • HH2005 East Asia: Tradition and Modernity (3 AUs)
  • HH2009 China: From Revolution to Reform (3 AUs)
  • HH2011 Ancient and Medieval South Asia (3 AUs)
  • HH2013 Chinese Mandarins versus European Merchants (3 AUs)
  • HH2014 Globalisation and Asia (3 AUs)
  • HH2018 Modern Japanese History in the Atomic Age (3 AUs)
  • HH2024 History of the Malay World: Present identities, Past histories (3 AUs)
  • HH2025 The World of Southeast Asia to 1600 (3 AUs)
  • HH3003 Migration and Diaspora: Chinese Experiences in Historical and Comparative Perspective (3 AUs)
  • HH3007 Southeast Asian-China Interactions (3 AUs)
  • HH3008 Modern South Asia (3 AUs)
  • HH3011 Crime, Punishment, Law and Disorder in Late Imperial China (3 AUs)
  • HH3015 In the Name of the Nation?: Nationalism in Asia (3 AUs)
  • HH3020 Introduction to Korean History (3 AUs)
  • HH3021 Traitors, TV Stars and Taboos: Representing History in Contemporary China (3 AUs)
  • HH3022 World War II and Southeast Asia (3 AUs)
  • HH3023 Burma/Myanmar: A History (3 AUs)
  • HH4003 The Silk Road: Old and New (4 AUs)
  • HH4004 The Transnational Sea: The Indian Ocean in History (4 AUs)
  • HH4012 Intellectual History of Modern China (4 AUs)
  • HH4013 The 'Big Man' and Political Legitimation in Southeast Asia (4 AUs)
  • HH4017 Defining the Nation: India on the Eve of Independence (4 AUs)
  • HH4090 Special Topics in History – Global Asia (4 AUs)

Interdisciplinary History

  • ​HH1009 Culture and Media in History (3 AUs)
  • HH2002 Gender in History (3 AUs)
  • HH2007 Health and Illnesses in History (3 AUs)
  • HH2008 Feasting and Fasting: Food and Drink in History (3 AUs)
  • HH2012 Cybersociety (3 AUs)
  • HH2015 Biopolitics and East Asian History (3 AUs)
  • HH2016 History of Animals (3 AUs)
  • HH2017 History of Information Technology (3 AUs)
  • HH2020 Science and War (3 AUs)
  • HH2023 Reading in the History of Health and Medicine (3 AUs)
  • HH2026 Health, Food, and Sports in Modern Korean History (3 AUs)
  • HH2027 Blood, Germs, and Sick Bodies: Biomedicine in History (3 AUs)
  • HH3002 Science, Technology, and Medicine in Modern East Asia (3 AUs)
  • HH3004 Comparative Business History (3 AUs)
  • HH3010 Biotechnology and Society (3 AUs)
  • HH3013 Comparative History of Race Science (3 AUs)
  • HH3016 History of Madness (3 AUs)
  • HH3017 World Environmental History (3 AUs) 
  • HH3018 The Environmental History of Oceans (3 AUs) 
  • HH3019 History of the Body (3 AUs)
  • HH4005 Culture and Heritage: Perspectives from History (4 AUs)
  • HH4006 The Green Earth: Issues in Environmental History (4 AUs)
  • HH4019 Special Topics in History and Philosophy of Science (4 AUs)
  • HH4021 Public & Applied History (4 AUs)
  • HH4091 Special Topics in History – Interdisciplinary History (4AUs)

World History 

  • ​HH1006 The West in Global History (3 AUs)
  • HH1007 The Making of Civilisations (3 AUs)
  • HH1010 The Unrealised Dream: An Introduction to US History (3 AUs)
  • HH2004 The Islamicate World (3 AUs)
  • HH2006 Modern European History (3 AUs)
  • HH2021 Race, Gender, Class and Colonial Power (3 AUs)
  • HH3006 The United States and the Modern World (3 AUs)
  • HH3009 Comparative History of Global Migration? (3 AUs)
  • HH3012 The United States and the IndoChina Wars (3 AUs)
  • HH3014 The World of the Communists and Communists in the World (3 AUs)
  • HH3024 Decolonisation and Democracy: Britain since 1945 (3 AUs)
  • HH3025 The Cultural, Social and Economic History of Football (3 AUs)
  • HH3039 Maritime Asia in the Longue Duree (3 AUs)
  • HH4007 An International History of the Cold War (4 AUs)
  • HH4008 Revolutions and Social Changes in the Modern Times (4 AUs)
  • HH4009 Studies in Grand Strategy and Policy (4 AUs)
  • HH4010 Dissent, Resistance, Rebellion (4 AUs)
  • HH4011 Courtesans, Slaves Soldiers and Domestic Drudgery: Slavery in the Indian Ocean World (4 AUs)
  • HH4014 A Global History of Death (4 AUs)
  • HH4015 Film: A Global History (4 AUs)
  • HH4016 Topics in World History (4 AUs)
  • HH4018 History and Fictional Representation (4 AUs)
  • HH4092 Special Topics in History – World History (4 AUs)

A3. Graduation Project (FYP) or 2 HH4000 level courses (8 AUs)

The two HH4000 level courses are for those who are not eligible to do FYP.

B. General Education Requirement (GER) (57 AUs)

​​ ​Course Type AU​
​GER-Core 12​
​​​​GER-PE ​Science, Technology and Society (STS) ​3
​Business and Management (BM) ​3
​Liberal Arts (LA) ​3
​GER-PE in Any Category (STS, BM or LA) ​3
​GER-PE in Any Category (STS, BM or LA) ​3
​GER-UE​ ​
Total AU 57

The General Education Requirements (GER) courses consists of 3 components:

B1. GER-Core (12 AUs)
a.  Communication Skills 
b.  Career-related
c.  Singapore Studies*
d.  Other online courses 
B2. GER-Prescribed Electives (15 AUs)
B3. GER-Unrestricted Electives (30 AUs) 

B1a.  2 courses from GER-Core Communication Skills (2 AUs each):

  • ​HW0105 Academic Communication in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (to be read in year 1, semester 1)
  • HW0205 Academic Communication in the Humanities (to be read in year 1, semester 2)
B1b.  2 courses from GER-Core Career-related (1 AU each):

  • ​ML0001 Absolute Basics for Career (online course to be read in year 2) 
  • ML0002 Career Power Up (online course to be read in year 3)

B1c.  1 course from GER-Core Singapore Studies* (to be read in year 2) (3 AUs each):
  • ​HA0201 Government and Politics of Singapore
  • HC0201 Chinese Literature in Singapore
  • HE0201 The Singapore Economy
  • HG0201 Singapore's Languages
  • HH0201 Singapore and the Modern World (not for History major students)
  • HL0201 Images of Singapore: Literature, Film and Culture
  • HP0201 Employment Relations for Work and Careers in Singapore
  • HS0201 Understanding Singapore Society

*The list of Singapore Studies courses offered for each semester may change from time-to-time. 

B1d.  Fulfil the following GER-Core Other online courses in sequence and in every semester 2 (1 AU each):
  • ​GC0001 Environmental Sustainability (to be read in year 1, semester 2) 
  • HY0001 Ethics & Moral Reasoning (to be read in year 2, semester 2) 
  • ET0001 Enterprise & Innovation (to be read in year 3, semester 2) 
B2.  5 courses from a list of GER–Prescribed Electives in the following categories with at least 1 course from each category (15 AUs total):

  • ​Business and Management (BM)
  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Liberal Arts (LA)
B3. Courses categorised under GER-Unrestricted Electives that are offered by any School (30 AUs total).

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