Minor in History


The Minor in History provides students with the tools necessary to understand human experience and thought in different places and times. History as a discipline covers every dimension of human interaction, from the study of social life and cultural practices to political thought and philosophical views. Students of history learn to make sense of the present in terms of the past, and the past from the vantage point of the present. In history, students study individuals, groups, communities, and nations from a multiplicity of perspectives and across various time periods. Documents comprise the primary data historians examine, and studying history allow students to hone their analytical skills and develop convincing arguments. Equipped with these skills, students of history will be prepared for a number of careers from the civil service to jobs in education, public relations, advertising, publishing, and news and other interactive media.  

Admission Requirements     

The Minor in History is open to all students.  
Minor Requirements

To fulfil a Minor in History, students must complete at least FIVE(5) courses, including the required course, HH1001 What is History. Even though these FIVE courses can be taken in any sequence and at any time within the four year degree program, students are advised to complete HH1001 prior to taking other history courses.

Core courses
  • HH1001 What is History?
  • HH1002 Asia-Pacific in Global History: Pre-1800
  • 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
  • HH3002 Science, Technology, and Medicine in Modern East Asia
    Prescribed electives
    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)
    • HH2024 History of the Malay World: Present Identities, Past Histories (3 AUs)
    • HH2025 The World of Southeast Asia to 1600 (3 AUs)
    • HH2018 Modern Japanese History in the Atomic Age (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) 
    • HH4023 The United States and Southeast Asia in the Twentieth Century (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 Ilnesses 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)
    • HH3004 Comparative Business History (3 AUs)
    • HH3010 Biotechnology and Society (3 AUs)
    • HH3013 Comparative History of Race Science (3AUs)
    • 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)
    • HH3030 The Apocalypse in Western History (3 AUs)
    • HH3040 History of Chinese Medicine (3 AUs)
    • HH3041 History of Feminism (3 AUs)
    • HH3130 The History of Time (3 AUs)
    • HH4005 Culture and Heritage: Perspectives from History (4 AUs)
    • HH4006 The Green Earth: Issues in Environmental History (4 AUs) 
    • HH4021 Public & Applied HIstory (4 AUs)
    • HH4022 Colonial combination of Western and folk-based medical practices in Singapore (4 AUs)
    • HH4024 Lineage, Ritual, and the State in Asia (4 AUs)
    • HH4091 Special Topics in History – Interdisciplinary History (4 AUs)
        World History

    • HH1006 The West in Global History (3 AUs)
    • HH1007 The Making of Civilisations (3 AUs)
    • HH1010 The Unrealized 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)
    • 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)
    • HH3031 The US and the Modern Middle East (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 Slavery and Forced Labour 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)
    • HH4092 Special Topics in History - World History (4 AUs)
    How to Declare Minor in History

    Students planning to take a Minor in History must complete at least FIVE courses inclusive of the HH1001 required course and indicate their wish to undertake the Minor in History at any time during their four-year degree program.