Frequently Asked Questions


  • 1. I heard that FASS is a 4-year programme. Is it true?

    Students admitted into the FASS can decide if they wish to pursue the Bachelor's or Honours programme. A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree usually takes 3 years to complete, while the Honours degree will take an additional year.
  • 2. How does the FASS system work? E.g. What is the difference between modules, departments and courses?

    Departments offer courses of studies leading to degrees. A course of study is made up of many modules. A module covers a specific topic within a course of study.
  • 3. What are the requirements I have to fulfill in order to graduate?

    For B.A., students have to accumulate 120 MC (about 30 modules) over 3 years. For a Honours degree, students have to accumulate 160 MC (about 38 modules) over 4 years.
  • 4. What is the FASS timetable like?

    Lectures are usually 2 hours long. Tutorials or Discussion Groups can be 1 hour per week or 2 hours on alternative weeks. A normal workload consists of 5 modules per semester which average a total of 15 contact hours per week. The rest of the time is spent on readings and other preparatory work, as well as on assignments like term papers and project work.

  • 5. Are there any internships/attachments within the curriculum?

    In Social Work, major students are required to fulfill fieldwork placements. Other majors e.g. Political Science, Theatre Studies, Communications and New Media, and Economics, have internship/attachment arrangements on a voluntary basis.
  • 6. I have heard about having to bid for modules? What is it about? Will I get the modules I want?

    The Centralised Online Registration System (CORS) for the selection and allocation of modules was adopted to promote equity, fairness and responsibility. It allows departments to manage their resources optimally. All students are given an equal amount of points per semester to bid for modules. Unused points are carried forward to the next semester. The bidding system requires students to make careful consideration of their priorities as each decision has an impact on future choices. It is an opportunity to educate students on the need to weigh their options, make decisions and live with the consequences of their actions - a good training ground to prepare students for life after graduation.

    New students are protected in the first two semesters (in a separate bid queue from returning students) with quota in the exposure modules specially catered to them.

  • 7. What are my chances of majoring in Economics/Psychology as I heard that these are popular subjects in the FASS?

    Entry requirements for specific majors apply. Prospective students who would like to major in Psychology at NUS have to meet the pre-requisites for Psychology and obtain a grade of B- or better for the PL1101E module and a grade of B- or better for the PL2131 module. Admission requirements for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) may be found HERE. It is true that Economics and Psychology are popular subjects and that competition for Psychology modules is very keen.
  • 8. Do we need to decide on which major to take now? How do we go about choosing our majors in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences?

    No, you do not have to decide on your major now. You are strongly encouraged to take the exposure modules before deciding on your major. When you are decided, you can declare your intended major. You can change your major no later than the end of your 5th semester.
  • 9. Can I take a double major or double degree?

    Yes, you may apply to read a double degree or a double major subject to your meeting the admission criteria. There are specially designed double degrees that students can apply for direct admission or after 1 year of studies. Students can also design their own double degrees or double majors. Admission is based on academic performance.
  • 10. Are minor programmes offered by FASS?

    Yes, FASS offers disciplinary minors in all its subjects, as well as multidisciplinary minors like China Studies, Cultural Studies, English Studies, Gender Studies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Religious Studies, Science, Technology & Society (STS), and Urban Studies.

  • 11. Can we do a major in FASS and a minor in another faculty?

    Yes, you can.

  • 12. What happens if I realise none of the courses interest me after taking the exposure modules? Can I switch to another faculty?

    Do talk to an academic adviser at the Department or Dean's Office before making a decision. You can apply for a transfer through Office of Admissions. You will have to meet the cut-off point of the new Faculty. You will also need to check on your eligibility for tuition grant.

    For further queries on transfer, please contact the Office of Admissions.


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Dean's Office, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore

  • Add: The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5
  • 5 Arts Link, Singapore 117570
  • Tel: +65 6516 6133
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  • Fax: +65 6777 0751
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