Communication and Information
Can communication studies students take minors? If so, in what subjects areas?
Yes, you can. The possible areas are (1) drama and performance, (2) English, (3) history, (4) literature in English, and (5) Chinese. [Read our handbook, information about modules/A.U.s is in there.]
All you need to do is to register for the courses. If you can't complete all 16 A.U.s, then you won't receive a minor in communication studies. However, the subjects you have taken will still be counted as your general electives.
How much money can I earn with an SCI degree?
It depends on whether you're self-employed (i.e. free lance or start your own business), work for the government, or private industries. The starting salary can vary from very low to very high -- $1,200 to above $3,000.
What can I do with an SCI degree?
Journalists, producers, PR executives, advertising executives, corporate communication, civil service, researchers, consultants etc.
Is it very difficult to get into your program? How many applicants were there in the past and how many actually got in?
It is very competitive. We had about 1,000 or more applicants for the undergraduate program, and only about 10-15% were successful. We have increased from an intake of 90 to 170. This represents almost 90% increase over the years.
I am very interested, but I am not sure if I can make it. What is your advice?
If you have reasonably good A-level results, put SCI as first choice on your application. If you put something that is easier to get in (e.g. NUS' Arts and Social Science) before SCI, and if they accept you, then your application will not even reach SCI.
I am very interested in your course, but I don't think I can get in at all. What are your suggestions?
For some students whose results are slightly below the mark, we will interview them to see if they have some qualities suitable for the programme.
You have three other options:
Apply to other NTU programs, and take SCI subjects as electives;
Finish your bachelor's degree elsewhere and apply to do post-graduate work with us later; and
If finances permit, you can go overseas.
What is the cut-off point to enter your program? What about in the past? What were the cut-off points to enter your program in previous years? What are your students' A-level results?
We do not know the exact cut-off point for this year because every cohort is different. It is a joint-admission exercise and the computer sorts out candidates based on their results. If you have Bs in your A-level results, you have a reasonable chance.
I heard that there is a minimum GP score. What is it? Why do you have to use GP?
GP score of 4 or better. We need something to gauge students' language ability and interest in current affairs.
Are there any specific subjects that I need?
No. We have students from the science, arts, and commerce streams.
How is your program different from the polytechnics'? I heard that both the university and the polytechnics are teaching the same thing. I also heard that polytechnic graduates are more employable and hands-on.
We have a better balance in terms of theories and technical skills. Polytechnics are mostly skills-oriented. We have very good students who are typically more mature, intelligent, and hardworking. Therefore, professors can push them to do a lot more, and they are able to motivate and compete among themselves to achieve high standards. In addition, 90% of our faculty members have PhDs. A university degree is better regarded than a polytechnic diploma.