Languages in the Majors

Several of our Majors give you the opportunity to count one or two language courses towards the Major requirements. In addition, students in other majors such as Environmental Studies, History, and Arts & Humanities regularly take language courses to complement the work that they do in their specialty.


  • All Anthropology Majors will take the following: […] six additional courses, two of which must be “advanced seminars” and two of which can be advanced or intermediate language classes relating to the capstone project; and two capstone seminars.
  • In addition to the major requirements, the faculty strongly recommends that anthropology students should be or should try to become proficient in at least one second language.

Global Affairs

  • A relevant foreign language course can count for 1 course (5 MC) credit toward the major. A foreign language is relevant when it is necessary to undertake research toward the capstone. Written approval from the Global Affairs Head of Studies is required for this to apply. Global Affairs minors cannot gain credit for language study.


  • Two advanced language courses cross-listed with Literature may count towards the major requirements with the approval of the Head of Studies. Literature courses conducted in other languages during study abroad or at NUS may also be counted with the approval of the Head of Studies.


  • Up to two non-philosophy courses may count towards the major, where a case is made on the basis of the proposed course’s content, or its fit with the particular philosophy interests and courses constituting a student’s way through the major. Such decisions are made in consultation with the student’s advisor, and may not be determinable in advance.