Major in Southeast Asian Studies

The Department of Southeast Asian Studies welcomes students with good results in GCE ‘A’ Levels and a keen interest in Southeast Asia. The Department does not run aptitude or qualifying tests.

Undergraduate students may choose to single major in Southeast Asian Studies and graduate with a B.A. (Hons) or B.A. degree. Alternatively, students may read Southeast Asian Studies as a second major alongside their primary major under the double major degree structure. Students who would like to major in Southeast Asian Studies should read the advisory for SE major and the policy on reading SE language modules available in the Student Portal.

 

Academic Requirements

Single Major [B.A. (Hons)]

Pass at least 100 MCs of SE and SE-recognised modules, which include:

  • SE1101E      Southeast Asia: A Changing Region

  • SE4101       Southeast Asia Studies: Theory and Practice

  • a minimum of 16 MCs of Southeast Asian language modules (i.e. Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Thai or Vietnamese)

  • a minimum of 60 MCs at level-3000 or higher (excluding language modules (See Note 1) ) with,

    • a minimum of 40 MCs at level-4000 or higher (including SE4101)

    • a minimum of 25 MCs of level-4000 SE modules

  • a maximum of 2 level-5000 SE modules

  • a maximum of 27 MCs SE-recognised modules (excluding language modules)

Note 1:  A maximum of one more level-4000 SE language module that has not been included in the 16 MCs of the language modules in point (3) above may be read subject to departmental approval.

Note 2: All the language requirements will normally be in only ONE language track, i.e. , Bahasa Indonesia or Malay or Thai or Vietnamese. The language modules will be offered by the Centre for Language Studies. Under certain circumstances, students may be allowed to transfer to another SE language track.

Note 3: SE major students are not allowed to opt for S/U for the language modules.

Note 4: Students who have taken language modules, opted for S/U and then subsequently declared SE as a major will have their S/U automatically reverted to the letter grade. The S/U grade once reverted will remain even if there is a change in major subsequently.

Note 5: To declare Honours track, students must have completed 110 MCs, including 60 MCs in the Major, with a CAP of 3.5 and above.

Note 6: The Honours Thesis (15 MCs) is optional. To qualify for the Honours Thesis, students must complete 110 MCs including 60 MCs of SE Major requirements with a minimum CAP of 3.5. In order to obtain First Class Honours, students must achieve a CAP of 4.5 or higher AND at least an ‘A-‘ in the Honours Thesis.

Note 7: Students who do not attempt the Honours Thesis will read level-4000 modules to fulfill the Honours Requirements.

Note 8: Students may also read a level-4000 Independent Studies Module (5 MCs). The level-4000 ISM carries a prerequisite of 110 MCs completed, including 60 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.5. It precludes the Honours Thesis.

Note 9: All level-4000 modules carry a general prerequisite of having completed 80 MCs, including 28 MCs in the Major, with a minimum CAP of 3.5 OR being on the Honours track (some level-4000 modules may have different prerequisites).

 

Single Major (B.A.)

Pass at least 60 MCs of SE and SE-recognised modules, which include:

  • SE1101E      Southeast Asia: A Changing Region

  • a minimum of 16 MCs of Southeast Asian language modules (i.e. Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Thai or Vietnamese)

  • a minimum of 20 MCs at level-3000 or higher (See Note 1) (excluding language modules)

  • a maximum of 12 MCs SE-recognised modules (excluding language modules)

Note 1: Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Note 2: All the language requirements will normally be in only ONE language track, i.e. , Bahasa Indonesia or Malay or Thai or Vietnamese. The language modules will be offered by the Centre for Language Studies. Under certain circumstances, students may be allowed to transfer to another SE language track.

Note 3: SE major students are not allowed to opt for S/U for the language modules.

Note 4: Students who have taken language modules, opted for S/U and then subsequently declared SE as a major will have their S/U automatically reverted to the letter grade. The S/U grade once reverted will remain even if there is a change in major subsequently.

 

Second Major

Pass at least 48 MCs of SE and SE-recognised modules, which include:

  • SE1101E      Southeast Asia: A Changing Region

  • a minimum of 8 MCs of Southeast Asian language modules (i.e. Bahasa Indonesia, Malay, Thai or Vietnamese), subject to a maximum of 12 MCs

  • a minimum of 20 MCs at level-3000 or higher (See Note 1) (excluding language modules)

Note 1: Students are allowed to read level-4000 modules subject to departmental approval.

Note 2: All the language requirements will normally be in only ONE language track, i.e. , Bahasa Indonesia or Malay or Thai or Vietnamese. The language modules will be offered by the Centre for Language Studies. Under certain circumstances, students may be allowed to transfer to another SE language track.

Note 3: SE major students are not allowed to opt for S/U for the language modules.

Note 4: Students who have taken language modules, opted for S/U and then subsequently declared SE as a major will have their S/U automatically reverted to the letter grade. The S/U grade once reverted will remain even if there is a change in major subsequently.

Note 5: A maximum of 8 MCs may be double counted between the first and second majors (where possible and subject to approval), and at least 60% of the modules from each major must be letter graded.

For more information on the double major programme, please refer to the Student Portal.


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