curriculum

Majors

Each student at Yale-NUS College will select a major at the end of their second year of enrolment. There are currently fourteen majors available. Law is the major for students enrolled in the Double Degree Programme with Law unless an exception is granted by the College. For each major, students are required to complete 50 MC (modular credits) [Class of 2017 and 2018] or 54 MC [Class of 2019 onwards] of which a 10 MC capstone project will be carried out in the final year of the programme.


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    Arts and Humanities

    The Arts and Humanities major addresses the core elements of human expression from historical, critical, comparative, and practice-based perspectives. It teaches students about art in human life and provides a context for students to develop their own arts practice. The intellectual and practical skills developed in the Arts and Humanities major prepare students for a wide range of careers including work in art history, arts administration, art practice, art education, music, museums, performing arts, publishing, academia and journalism.


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    History

    The History major at Yale-NUS offers students the opportunity to explore the complex relationship between our understanding of the past and our experience of the present. Through the study of history, students will learn to interpret past events, understand societies and peoples, and recognise patterns and structures in history. They will also attend to the ways in which historians’ narratives of the past often reflect contemporary concerns and assumptions.


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    Life Sciences

    How do living things – from cells, to organisms, to communities – work? And how did they get to be the way they are? These are the big questions that the Life Sciences major at Yale-NUS seeks to address. Whether studying biochemical reactions in a test tube, watching a developing organism under the microscope, reconstructing evolutionary history on a computer, or observing animals and plants in the wild, the scope of biological sciences is vast, endlessly fascinating, and in a renewed period of excitement and vigour. The study of Life Sciences is of particular value to those interested in postgraduate research or careers in biology, environmental policy, public health, medicine, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.


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    Literature

    The Literature major refines students’ capacities to interpret human experiences creatively represented in the written word.  Poetry, drama, novels, and stories present a universe of human imagination for Literature students to explore critically.  Drawing on the unique linguistic diversity of the students and faculty at Yale-NUS, the Literature major features courses in world Anglophone literature and beyond: our students also pursue studies in Chinese languages, ancient Greek, and Latin in Singapore and abroad.  Graduates in Literature will exercise their versatile skills in attentive reading, persuasive writing, and cross-cultural criticism wherever sophisticated interpretative and rhetorical awareness is required, for instance, law, journalism, education, and marketing.  Training in Literature also enhances creative pursuits in writing, screenwriting and game design.


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    Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Sciences

    Students majoring in Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Sciences at Yale-NUS can obtain a traditional mathematics, computing and statistical education or apply their knowledge in various fields, such as programming drones, building new apps, or predicting financial trends. Their opportunities include admissions to the world’s top graduate schools and the chance to find employment in government or the high-tech sector.


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    Philosophy

    Philosophy investigates the nature of the good life and of reality, knowledge, truth and beauty. It does not just teach us about ideas; most importantly, it teaches us to do philosophy, and hence to lead rewarding and productive lives informed by philosophical reflection. Skills and habits of mind developed in the Philosophy major prepare graduates for a wide range of careers in fields including law, government, business, medicine, academia and journalism.


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    Physical Sciences

    Students majoring in Physical Sciences at Yale-NUS will explore some of the fundamental processes in matter, energy, space and time. The major emphasises the ability to understand physical concepts deeply and to solve real world scientific problems, which necessitates clear critical thinking, mathematical reasoning and empirical observation. The tangible skills acquired include scientific research and technical problem solving, numerical simulation and theoretical modelling. For those who want to pursue further education, the major also offers excellent preparation for doctoral study in physics, astronomy and chemistry, as well as for advanced degrees in engineering, biophysics and biochemistry, law and medicine.