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Bachelor of Social Science

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the BSocSc Degree programme? 
The SMU Bachelor of Social Science degree programme is typically completed in 4 years. This entails a fulfillment of 36 course units, a 10 weeks internship programme, and at least 80 hours of community service.

How many courses are we expected to take each term? 
Students are expected to read a minimum of 3 course units and a maximum of 6.5 course units each term.

Can I take the BSocSc programme on a part-time basis?
The BsocSc programme is offered as a full-time course of study only.

How many exemptions can one get? 
Exemptions may be granted up to a maximum of six course units, depending on your entry qualifications.

What are the possible exemptions? 
The exemptions are likely to be in General Education or University Core courses – Introductory Economics, and/or Calculus, and/or Programme in Writing and Reasoning.

If I am currently an undergraduate in another institution, will I be able to transfer credits to SMU if I am admitted? 
Transfer of credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis upon admission.

What are the requirements to apply for the Double Degree Programme (DDP)? 
Students are eligible to apply for enrolment in the double degree programme at the end of year 1 or year 2 if they meet the cumulative GPA of at least 3.40, and satisfy all prevailing requirements stipulated by the School that they are applying to read their secondary degree in.

Can I complete the Double Degree Programme (DDP) within four years? 
Yes, it is possible to complete a DDP by taking courses in the summer terms.

When do I apply to the DDP? 
You must apply by the end of your second year of study.

What would be my tuition fees if I am admitted to the DDP? 
DDP students are required to pay the higher of the tuition fees if both degree programmes are priced differently. E.g. Students doing Law as a primary or secondary degree are subject to the tuition fees of the Bachelor of Law degree Programme.

Do I have to decide on my major when I apply for the BSocSc Degree Programme?
No, you do not have to. You will be admitted as a BSocSc student and will only need to declare your major latest by the end of your second year of study.

Are minors offered in SMU SOSS? 
No, minors are not offered in SMU. However, students are encouraged to take up a second major in their area of interest.

Can I enroll in a second major from the Lee Kong Chian School of Business if I am a BSocSc student?
Yes, students are allowed to take up a second major offered by another school. A student can opt to do a second major in any of the following: 

  • Accounting 
  • Legal Studies
  • Actuarial Science 
  • Marketing 
  • Advanced Business Technology
  • Operations Management 
  • Analytics
  • Organisational Behaviour & Human Resources 
  • Applied Statistics
  • Political Science*
  • Arts and Culture Management
  • Psychology*
  • Corporate Communications 
  • Public Policy and Public Management
  • Economics 
  • Quantitative Finance 
  • Finance 
  • Sociology* 
  • Global Asia
  • Strategic Management
  • Information Systems

Students may opt for a second major at the end of their first year of study, not at the point of application for admission to SMU.

What are the courses that are offered in SOSS?
SOSS offers a wide range of courses from our 3 major disciplines, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology. Click here to see the full list of courses offered.

When can I participate in the exchange programme overseas? What sort of courses can I take overseas then?
SMU strongly encourages her students to participate in oversea exchanges. You may take General Education courses, Social Science Major Related Courses, Social Science Major Elective Courses on exchange, subject to approval by the Dean's Office.

How do I get internships? Do I source on my own? 
The Dato' Kho Hui Meng Career Centre (DKHMCC) in SMU provides all the necessary support for matters pertaining to internship programme and community service. However, students are welcome to use their own initiative to secure internships on their own.

After completing the BSocSc degree, what type of jobs can I apply to? 
BSocSc graduates have successfully entered a wide array of industries in a myriad of positions such as, communications, human resource management, management consulting, policy formulation and analysis, public service, and international relations.
More information about our SOSS graduates is available here.

How is life as a student in SMU SOSS like?
Our students are given ample opportunities to seek a rich and fulfilling student life outside the classroom. Other than the numerous CCA clubs available, SOSS also has their very own student club, the SMU Social Science Students’ Society or more commonly known as SOSCIETY. SOSCIETY helps to promote student participation and engagement within SOSS by organizing various events and welfare drives for our students. With abundant activities and events available, life is never dull as a student in SOSS.

To read more about the SOSCIETY, click here.
To hear more from our current students about student life in SOSS, click here.

*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.

Last updated on 15 Jan 2019 .