College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Don’t Just Study History. Make History.
Create financial forecasts (Economics). Immerse yourself in vast cultures (Languages and Literatures). Understand and predict the behavior of others (Psychology). And so much more. Our 50+ majors — taught by world-renowned faculty at the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) — will help you to impact future generations!
We put research in your hands.
UCR offers research opportunities to all undergraduate students! This advantage catapults you to the “top of the list” for jobs and/or graduate school. Current CHASS research includes:
- Exploring the “double coming-out” experience for queer-undocumented immigrants
- Examining eye gazing patterns in children who face anxiety
- Awakening the “sleeping” language of a Native American tribe — thanks to a $150,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
“[UCR] is more than just a learning experience. Here, you can become a true scholar, a passionate thinker engaged in the world of like-minded people. Acknowledge your potential and give yourself a chance to have a journey worth being proud of.”
You can afford a UC degree, regardless of income and without going into debt.
of UCR undergraduate students received some form of financial aid.
of UCR transfer students received some form of financial aid.
of students' financial aid need was met with need-based aid.
(Financial Aid Office, 2017–18)
Let us show you how: financialaid.ucr.edu
Freshman and transfer students could qualify for a CHASS scholarship.
National Prestigious Scholarships and Awards (NPSA)
Freshman and transfer UCR students can fund their education with prestigious scholarships, such as the Donald A. Strauss Scholarship and the Undergraduate Fulbright Scholars (Research and English Teaching Award). Support is offered throughout the application process. UCR regional and national scholarships are also available via Financial Aid's Outside Agency Scholarship Search.
M = Academic minors are also available for these majors.
T = Transfer Selecting major. If applying as a transfer student, specific pre-requisite courses must be completed.
You have big dreams. We'll help them come true!
Professor of Anthropology
- Best-selling author
- Featured in “Lost Humans,” an award-winning documentary series produced by Korea Educational Broadcasting System, the Korean equivalent of PBS. She describes how cooking food fuels brain growth.
Professor of Creative Writing
- Internationally renowned author and scholar of religions
- Religion and political analyst for television and radio shows
- Consulting producer of HBO’s “The Leftovers”
- Recipient of the James Joyce Award
Every program is designed to help you succeed — from the moment you first step on campus to the day you graduate.
FR Freshman Students TR Transfer Students
CHASS F1RST: First-Year Experience Programs
(Mandatory for freshman students)
CHASS F1RST’s Learning Communities guarantee courses and credit. Enrollment may be automatic, depending on your major. chassfirst.ucr.edu
(Fall quarter program for all majors, except Undeclared and Pre-Business)
Enjoy major-specific learning communities to help you succeed at UCR. Gain access to highly desirable, large-lecture courses, such as psychology, economics, art and more. Discuss material in small groups.
(A yearlong program for all majors, except Undeclared and Pre-Business)
Boost your academic success and social enrichment in this national award-winning program. This themed learning community provides students with an interdisciplinary education by examining a theme through different disciplines. Engage with faculty, teaching assistants and peer educators.
(A yearlong program for Pre-Business majors)
Get to know other business-oriented classmates. Develop the necessary skills and networks to be successful in business. Take part in a 2-unit workshop taught by peer educators.
(For Undeclared majors)
Explore a variety of disciplines with courses in psychology, media & cultural studies, anthropology, ethnic studies and sociology. Includes a 2-unit student success workshop led by an academic adviser and peer educators. Build time management skills and identify a major of interest. Learn about career options and find out what requirements are needed for graduation.
Transfers F1RST Program
(For incoming transfer students)
Learn about essential resources for academic/professional goals. Connect with transfer mentors and attend Transfers F1RST workshops. chassfirst.ucr.edu/transfer.html
HASS 001 Workshop: Step-by-Step to College Success
(For incoming transfer students)
Take a 2-unit fall lecture course taught by faculty. Discussion sections led by peer mentors (current transfer students). Topics are specific to the needs of transfer students, including:
- Third- and fourth-year academic plans
- Student success skills (critical thinking, study, writing and communication)
- Undergraduate research opportunities
- Internships and study abroad opportunities
- How becoming a campus leader applies to real life
- Graduate school preparation
- Career-planning resources and services
HASS 001 = A HIGHER GPA
Transfer students who took HASS 001 had significantly higher GPAs during their first year than those who did not.
(CHASS Study of Cohorts, 2014–15)
Won a Chancellor’s Research Fellowship, including a $5,000 summer research stipend and $750 for research-based materials, travel or a presentation at a national conference
Won the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award, including a three-year stipend of $34,000, $12,000 for tuition/fees and international research opportunities
$3,000 for Sustainability
Maiko Le Lay (Dance) creates zero-waste workshops, groups and programs — thanks to a $3,000 stipend from the Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Fellowship.
$12,000 for a Documentary
Robert Baily (Theatre, Film and Digital Production) received a UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Student Fellowship to create “Profiles of a Smoker.” It’s part of UC’s commitment to healthier communities.