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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History



What will I learn?

The History Programme aims to be one of the leading centres of historical scholarship on modern and contemporary Asia. It is a unique institution that seeks to train students to not only think critically but also to apply interdisciplinary methods to identify and address contemporary problems from historical perspectives.

The Faculty are committed to pursue excellent research and teaching in areas such as:

  • Rethinking the multiple dimensions of Asian history in global context
  • How science, technology and medicine have transformed human societies and global relations
  • How the past affects the present
  • The nature of the historical discipline itself

The BA (Honours) programme was structured to equip students with the breadth of knowledge about major historical subjects. It further enables students to concentrate their studies on what most appeals to them as they advance in their coursework. In addition, the undergraduate programme cultivates interdisciplinarity. All of the training will culminate in the final year research project, where students showcase their capacities to conduct independent research and advance an argument persuasively. To be awarded the BA (Honours), students should demonstrate the capability to master the secondary literature in their chosen areas of study, engage in independent research, exercise critical judgment about the texts that they encounter, and communicate their findings in a well-reasoned and scholarly manner.

Career Prospects

History graduates are adept at research, analysis and writing. They can consider archival work, business, defence and intelligence research, diplomacy, education, journalism, publishing, project management, public relations and advertising, library and information operations, museum curation and management, policy-making, think-tank research, tourism, and even content development of computer games as potential future career options.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Total 125 AUs; Major Requirements (69 AUs); General Education Requirements (GER) (56 AUs))

Tuition fees
Annual fee - Subsidised tuition fee: SG $17,550; Non-Subsidised tuition fee (lab-based fee): SG $32,950; non lab-based fee: SG $31,970
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

48 Nanyang Avenue,

HSS-05-62, HSS Building,

639818, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

You must have completed at least 12 years of general education or will be taking High School national examinations in the year of application in order to be considered for admission.

A good pass in General Paper, Knowledge & Inquiry, English at Standard Level, or English at Senior High School Level, or good overall CAP in English Language

Interest and aptitude for History in particular and the Humanities in general

Applicants may also be called for an interview to be conducted in English

Submission of IELTS (a minimum Overall 6, writing 6) or TOEFL (a minimum of 90) or SAT (a minimum of 1250 for SAT taken for March 2016 onwards) or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) (a minimum of 55) or ACT with Writing (a minimum of composite score of 30 in ACT with Writing in one sitting) or Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) are only compulsory for applicants

With PRC Gao Kao qualification (i.e. Applicants who will be taking Gao Kao in June 2020 and those who have already taken Gao Kao) OR

With Taiwan General Scholastic Ability Test (GSAT) qualification OR

With South Korean College Scholastic Ability Test (CSAT)/High School Diploma qualification OR

Who do not take up English language in Junior and Senior High School or taken English language only as a 2nd language.

For IELTS, TOEFL and PTE Academic, only scores obtained in the 2 years leading up to the application deadline will be considered. The validity period for SAT and ACT is 5 years.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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