Global Studies

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. How do I view the Global Studies modules in CORS?  
  Global Studies is administered through the Department of Political Science. GL coded modules can viewed under the Political Science drop down menu in CORS. For more information on Global Studies modules, please visit our website at www.fas.nus.edu.sg/globalstudies.  
2. As a GL major, which faculty exposure can I fulfill GL1101E with?  
  Students cannot use the exposure module for their major to fulfil the Faculty Exposure Requirements. If you do not intend to major in GL, then you may read GL1101E Global Issues to fulfil either the Humanities or Social Sciences exposure requirement.  
3. Can I take Global Studies as my second major?  
  There are no second degree or second major options for Global Studies Programme.  
4. I have enrolled in the Language Preparation Programme (LPP) so that I can go for an exchange programme later on, so can you please advise which language is appropriate for the region AMERICAS?  
  Global Studies students are encouraged to go on exchange to develop skills in not only communication but in areas where the exchange University is able to complement the major. Having said this, we do not want students to start on a language before they have chosen their Theme or Region. To narrow down on a Theme or Region, students must have done the Global Studies exposure module: GL1101E Global Issues.  
5. The GL major requires students to read 20 MCs of CORE modules, 16 MCs in a Theme, 16 MCs in a Region and 16 MCs in a Language. But the total credits are over and above the 60 MCs required for a Bachelor's degree. But I am interested in reading modules outside of my Theme, how can I do this?  
  The modules fulfilling the CORE (GL coded), Theme and Region are computed under the major requirement. Whereas the Language is fulfilled using the Unrestricted Electives. As such students have at least 8 MCs of elective space to read outside of their chosen Theme or Region in a three year track.  
6. Is there a possibility that the Global Studies Programme will close if there are insufficient number of student registrations?  
  No, there will be no such issue with Global Studies Programme or the majors offered by the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences.  
7. For the Theme and Region I have chosen, Korean language fits in perfectly but because I have prior knowledge in the language, I get to read LAK3203. And because of this I only have two more modules to go making me short of 2MCs. So can I be granted a waiver for the 2 MCs and read a non-language module in its place?  
  After much deliberation over this issue, we have decided that students with prior knowledge in a language and place in high, will be channelled to another language in which they can fulfil 16 MCs. This is because we do not allow for exemptions or waivers. The Centre for Language Studies has 11 languages from which GL students can choose from (not including Tamil which has only 2 modules offered). The choice of your language must complement your Theme and/or Region and must be approved by the Academic Advisor for the programme.  
8. How do I know if my Theme and Region combination are a good fit?  
  Students who intend to declare Global Studies as their major after reading GL1101E, are required to submit their Theme, Region and Language choices for advising. They can do this by sending an email to  
9. I am interested in majoring in Global Studies, how can I apply for it?  
  It seems you have not applied for admission to the University. Global Studies is an open major which students admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences can declare after they have read the exposure module GL1101E. More information on admission to the University can be found at the following website: http://www.nus.edu.sg/oam.  
10. I am keen to minor in Global Studies but there are no details for it at the website.  
  We are in the midst of working out the details for the Global Studies minor. It is intended to be available to students from Cohort 2012 and onwards. We would encourage students who are keen to minor in GL to begin reading the GL coded primary modules: GL1101E, GL2101, GL2102, and GL2103. GL3101 Inquiry and Method is not a requirement for the minor.   
11. What degree would I graduate with when I complete the GL major? Will the Theme or Region I have done be reflected somewhere?  
  Global Studies Majors will graduate with a B.A. (Global Studies) Degree. The Theme and Region components will not be reflected on their transcript.  
12. I was admitted into NUS via the Mother Tongue Bonus Point Scheme (MTBPS).  Is it possible that those MT-related modules I am going to take can fulfil both the MAJOR and MTBPS requirements?  
  Yes, the MT-related modules can concurrently fulfil your MTBP and your GL major requirements as long as they are (1) part of the GL recognised list of modules, and (2) relevant to your approved theme/region or you may exercise your elective component within your major for this purpose. Please be reminded that students should not read more than 50% from a single discipline towards the GL major.

Do take note that you may have to overload your unrestricted electives nonetheless to fulfil pre-requisites required by higher level modules which are not recognised under the GL curriculum, if necessary.

 
13. As Spanish is now being offered can I read it towards my major requirement?  
  We are excited that Spanish is being offered but unfortunately there are no subsequent levels being offered presently. As such, we would not encourage students to read the language towards the GL major requirement. You may choose to read it for your personal enrichment.