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New courses for more career options

20 March 2013

From the next academic year onwards, students will have two new courses - Business Analytics and Global Studies - to choose from. In addition, two new minor programmes in Film Studies as well as Health and Social Sciences will be rolled out.

The new Bachelor of Science (Business Analytics) will offer courses covering a variety of disciplines such as Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Marketing, Decision Science, Computer Science and Information Systems. For its inaugural cohort, 40 students will be enrolled. The programme is hosted by the NUS School of Computing with the participation of the NUS Business School, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS).

Elaborating on the new programme, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Professor Tan Eng Chye said: "With business analytics, companies can become more effective in generating business insights and intelligence for optimal decision making. Our new degree programme offers students the opportunity to learn how to apply appropriate analytic tools and techniques to resolve complex business analytics problems as well as other specialised skills."

Graduates can look forward to a number of career options in areas such as business intelligence, research and web analytics.

As for the new Global Studies major programme, it will draw on diverse disciplines offered by FASS, including Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Geography and History. Students will have a choice of regional expertise and undergo intensive language training relevant in their respective contexts. With emphasis on problem-based learning, the programme will also nurture practical skills in tackling global issues and crafting policy responses.

"We are very excited about this new major. Students will benefit from our strategic location in Asia and the strength of our Asian Studies departments to gain a deep understanding of Asian perspectives in the global conversation," said Vice Dean of Undergraduate Studies at FASS, Associate Professor Paulin Straughan.

Separately, students looking to pursue minors can now opt for the Film Studies minor, which offers a rich understanding of the medium of film and appreciation of film culture. They also have the opportunity to take up the Health and Social Sciences minor which trains students to analyse health issues from the humanities and social sciences perspectives.