Double Degrees and Second Majors

Bachelor of Social Science

Double Degrees & Second Majors in Other Schools

BSocSc students like any other students in SMU can choose to combine a double degree from Accountancy, Business Management, Economics, Information Systems Management, or Law.

BSocSc students must declare a first major in any of the three disciplines: Psychology, Political Science, and Sociology, by the end of their second year of study.

BSocSc students may choose to declare a second major in another Social Science discipline i.e. Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, International & Asian Studies, Public Policy & Public Management and Arts & Culture Management. Students also have the option to declare a second major in any of the following disciplines offered by the other five Schools:

1. Accounting 8. Information Systems
2. Actuarial Science 9. Law
3. Applied Statistics 10. Management
4. Corporate Communication 11. Marketing
5. Economics 12. Operations Management
6. Finance 13. Organisational Behaviour
7. Human Resources 14. Quantitative Finance


Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. Behavior encompasses everything that people do that can be observed, while mental processes refer to thoughts, feelings, motives, and other unobservable phenomena. In short, psychologists are interested in why people do what they do and feel what they feel. If this definition of psychology seems broad, that’s because the scope of psychology is extraordinarily broad.

Psychological theories and research have a number of applications in the business industry, educational settings, public policy, and more. The major sub-disciplines of psychology include social, developmental, cognitive, biological, health, industrial/organizational, abnormal, and personality psychology.

Psychology majors gain hands-on experience in formulating research hypotheses and designs, analyzing data, and interpreting and integrating research findings within the framework of psychological theories, and communicating and critiquing research findings.

Political Science addresses important relevant questions, from the protection of rights and the organization of power within countries to international relations and terrorism. The courses provide the analytical tools to understand and interpret contemporary and historical events, while simultaneously sharing important insights on how power is structured, contested and exercised. The courses draw from all major subfields in political science – comparative politics, international relations, political theory and political economy.

Sociology is a diverse discipline, which aims to explain societal trends and institutions to make sense of culture, politics, and the economy. The Sociology courses are oriented toward developing students’ critical thinking pertaining to causes and conditions of changes in societies around the globe, with a particular focus on Asia. The courses also address challenges to societies derived from social inequality, migration and urbanization, and the role of networks in social outcomes such as fads and fashions.

International & Asian Studies is an innovative programme takes on a regional and international focus to examine the emerging role of Asia in the world. It integrates knowledge from various disciplines including international relations, sociology, political science, economics and law as well as in-depth knowledge of the region to address complex issues concerning Asia and the world.

This programme aims to produce global-minded citizens by encouraging students to be multi-lingual, to participate in study missions and other international experiences.

There are other enrichment programmes designed specifically for their major such as writing and publishing workshop, special internships with international organizations and NGOs, and joint programmes or partnership arrangements with leading universities.
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The Public Policy and Public Management second major is designed to provide students with a general foundation in the nature of public and non-profit workplaces and their political, psychological, and legal environments. In addition, the major heightens students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills through various types of field research and case studies. In particular, the major is unique in its emphasis on the integration of academic study with real policy problems that is further enhanced through the Public Policy Task Force Programme. The Task Force is an important part of the PPPM curriculum and is designed to give students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in the classrooms to real world problems. Students will engage in collaborative, client-oriented, and problem-solving projects on critical public policy and management issues.

The PPPM faculty will work closely with practitioners with extensive experience in policy and management from both the private and public sectors to allow students to gain practical insights on government and public affairs. Upon completion of this second major, students will be well equipped to pursue careers in non-profit, public and private sector organizations.
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Arts and Culture Management second major provides students with the perspectives, foundational knowledge, introductory skills and vocabularies for entry into the arts and culture industry.

ACM grooms the cosmopolitan manager who is at ease with cultural diversity, and able to capitalise on the new ideas and energy through engagement in the arts. ACM uniquely brings together theory, practice, and management. Faculty will join with practice leaders to provide learning that will move beyond classrooms into the field.

ACM graduates are not limited to the Arts & Culture industries, but will have knowledge that will prepare them for success working in global cities. Cities are the powerhouses of global economies. Singapore, London, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dubai, Seoul, Shanghai, and Sydney, are notable as centres of creativity and entrepreneurship fuelled by a vibrant arts and culture scene. It is this clear vision that has informed the Singapore government’s goal to double the active engagement of Singaporean in arts and culture activities by 2025.
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Last updated on 14 Sep 2015.