Introduction

Welcome to the Department of History, National University of Singapore.

We are one of the oldest and yet most vibrant departments in the National University of Singapore. From its genesis as Raffles College from 1929 and after a series of transformations through various subsequent university mergers, the Department has continued to grow in strength. Today, we maintain a worldwide reputation for teaching and research excellence and impressive track record of producing successful graduates who can make their mark in the professional world.

The Department offers training at undergraduate and graduate levels. Each year approximately 5,000 undergraduates enroll in a slate of about 50 modules. There are currently more than 30 graduate students pursuing their Masters and Doctoral degrees. The Department's teaching and research expertise lies primarily in the history of Southeast and East Asia, but there is strong selection of module offerings in European, American, and military history, as well as the history of art, business, religion, science and technology.

Our faculty members are committed to teaching the content of history as well as the crucial research skills in critical reading, thinking, writing and oral communication. They are very approachable, and are dedicated to teaching history, and its importance in this contemporary era of globalization, to the university community and to the general public. They are also actively engaged in research and publication. They contribute towards the editorial work of the Journal of Southeast Asian Studies, published by Cambridge University Press, which has acquired an international reputation as one of the principal outlets in the world for scholarly articles in the humanities and social sciences dealing with Southeast Asia. One measure of the Department's strengths is that in our graduates have gone on to pursue PhDs with full scholarships from a range of universities, including ANU, Cambridge, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, UPenn, and Yale.

You are welcome to look through the pages of our website and get to know us better. If you need more information, please feel free to contact us.