College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Curriculum structure - Normative 4-year degree

(Applicable to Normative 4-year degree students admitted from 2014/15 onwards)

The new four-year curriculum allows students to gain in-depth knowledge through major studies, and diversify their learning with Gateway Education (GE) courses, electives and optional minors. The curriculum structure is as follows:

Component First-Year entrants of normative 4-year degree
GE English * 6 credits
Chinese Civilisation - History and Philosophy 3 credits
Distributional Area Requirements
Minimum 3 credit units from each area
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Study of Societies, Social and Business Organisations
  • Science and Technology
12 credits
College-specified courses 9 credits
Major + college requirement  (see notes) ≤ 72 credits
Minor (optional) 15-18 credits
Free electives Remainder to fulfill the credit requirement for graduation, if necessary
Minimum credit units for graduation 120 credits, depending on major
Maximum credit units for graduation 144 credits
Notes
  1. First-year entrants with Level ‘4’ (or equivalent) or above in HKDSE English Language will proceed to directly into GE English courses.
    Students scoring below Level 4 in HKDSE English Language or Grade D in HKALE AS-level Use of English or students who do not possess an equivalent qualification are required to complete 6-credit unit course, EL0200 English for Academic Purposes (EAP), or two 3-credit unit courses, EL0200A English for Academic Purposes 1 and EL0200B English for Academic Purposes 2, prior to taking the GE English courses. Students who demonstrate that they have achieved a grade B or above in their overall course results for EL0200A will achieve 3 credits and also be considered to have satisfied the pre-requisite for entry to the GE English courses without needing to take EL0200B. The credit units of EL0200A and EL0200B will not be counted towards the minimum credit units required for graduation and will not be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average (CGPA). However, they will be counted towards the maximum credit units permitted.
  2. Students scoring below Level 4 in HKDSE Chinese Language, or below Grade D in HKALE AS-level Chinese Language and Culture will be required to complete a 3-credit unit course CHIN1001 University Chinese I. The 3 credit units will not be counted towards the minimum credit units required for graduation and will not be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average (CGPA). However, they will be counted towards the maximum credit units permitted.

College Requirement for Normative 4-year degree students

Major Requirement

Please refer to Academic Regulations and Records Office / Department website.