Yale – Nus Courses Offered

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Yale – Nus Courses Offered

Majors

  • Arts and Humanities

    The Arts and Humanities major addresses the core elements of human expression from historical, critical, comparative, and practice-based perspectives. It will not only teach students about art in human life but also provide a context for students to develop their own arts practice. The intellectual and practical skills developed in the Arts and …

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  • History

    The History major offers students the opportunity to explore the complex relationship between our understanding of the past and our experience of the present. Through the study of history, students will learn to interpret past events, to understand societies and peoples, and to recognise patterns and structures in history. They will also attend …

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  • Literature

    The study of literature provides an opportunity to examine the cultural values, questions, and conflicts embodied in the literary achievements of human civilisations. The Literature major teaches students how to read and interpret texts from a broad range of cultural traditions and historical periods. The major builds on the unique linguistic di…

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  • Philosophy

    The Philosophy major addresses profound questions about the nature of the good life and of reality, knowledge, truth and beauty. It does so not only by teaching students about philosophy; most importantly, it teaches students to do philosophy, and hence to lead rewarding and productive lives informed by philosophical reflection. The skills and h…

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  • Life Sciences

    The Life Sciences endeavour to unravel the mysteries of living things at all scales from the mechanics of protein ‘machines’, to the development of organisms from a single cell, to the splendour and complexity of entire ecosystems. The questions in the life sciences are as varied and intriguing as life itself. How does a single…

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  • Mathematical, Computational and Statistical Sciences

    Mathematics and computation have occupied a central place in the liberal arts curriculum from its earliest history. Across societies, we find mathematics not only in the service of science, government, and ritual, but also for its own sake – an aesthetic of mathematical beauty. In recent centuries, the mathematical sciences have been viewed as f…

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  • Physical Sciences

    Students majoring in Physical Sciences will explore some of the fundamental processes in matter, space and time. How did the universe emerge? What is the structure of matter? What physical laws determine the motions, temperatures, and chemistry of the matter that comprises our planet and its life-forms? Students will extend their interdisciplina…

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Electives

All students in their first year at Yale-NUS College will take seven courses in common. All of the first semester courses are part of the Common Curriculum, as are three of the four courses in the second semester. Students in the double degree programme will take Law and Society at the NUS Law School in the second semester, and all other students will choose one elective course in their second semester.

Below are a few descriptions of the elective courses currently offered at Yale-NUS College. Language courses may be elected through NUS, and other NUS courses may be available depending on availability of slots and scheduling considerations. In their second year and beyond, students will have more opportunities to take more elective courses.

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  • Dante and the European Middle Ages

    This course is a careful and philological reading Dante’s Divine Comedy, an undisputed masterwork of world literature. As the Italian poet narrates his vision of the world beyond, we will journey with him through Hell to Purgatory and ascend to Paradise and finally return to earth. We will pay special attention to the historical, intellectual…

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  • Genetics

    This course illustrates basic principles of genetics using examples from prokaryote and eukaryote organisms. It emphasises classical genetic techniques and how genetics is used to gain understanding of whole organisms. The gene, its context and the genome are the primary concepts covered. The focus will be on Drosophila developmental genetics, y…

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  • Integrative Music Theory 1

    Integrative Music Theory is a comprehensive introduction to musicianship and musical understanding. Students in the course will develop their abilities to play, read, understand, and write music. Work includes exercises in music fundamentals, model composition, performance, analysis, improvisation, and ear training, all of which are intended to …

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  • Introduction to Urban Studies

    This course offers an introduction to urban studies. It enquires into the evolution of cities historically as well as contemporary processes of urbanisation. The course also introduces students to key explanatory frameworks for understanding the contemporary economic and social function of cities. The course can be taken as a gateway to the Urba…

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  • Principles and Tools of Software Development

    Only being able to program does not make one a good programmer. This course teaches principles and tools that can make a good software developer. Students will learn basic principles of software development, e.g., encapsulation, information hiding, modularisation, unit/integrated testing, debugging, programming in a team, profiling. They will al…

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