Transfer students, UCR is now accepting applications for Winter 2020! Apply July 1–31.

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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!



Undergraduate Research

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)
Daria Kudryavtseva

“[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.”

Daria Kudryavtseva
Economics Major

Earning Potential with a CHASS Bachelor's Degree


  Early Career Pay Mid-Career Pay
Economics  $57,100 $105,700
Theatre & Drama Studies  $42,400 $79,800
History & Political Science $47,100 $77,000
Journalism $42,600 $75,800
Creative Writing $42,100 $69,900
Sociology $42,600 $66,200
Music $40,000 $65,500
Fine Arts $39,200 $64,000
Art History $42,900 $63,300

Based on national averages. Higher earning potential with advanced degrees. (PayScale National College Salary Report, 2017)



CHASS offers department-specific internships to put your learning into practice. You could earn course/service credit and maybe even a paycheck!

Steven Cabral Ballesteros - Sociology Major

“At UCR, everyone is kind and welcoming. I chose UCR over all my other options because of their willingness to assist me in accomplishing my academic goals.”

Steven Cabral Ballesteros
Sociology Major

High-Profile Companies Hire CHASS Graduates

CHASS graduates go on to write international best-selling novels, create Thai royal music, receive honors as dance professors and choreographers, mentor youths, and so much more! 

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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:

CHASS Scholarships

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.


Undecided? We Can Help!

CHASS helps students successfully transition into a major field of study that is consistent with their aptitudes, values and goals.

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Take a Tour of CHASS

Journey through historic libraries, lively lecture halls and inspiring studios.

Notable Facts


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UC Campus

to offer a Native American History Ph.D.

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2 Pulitzer Prize Winners

and a U.S. Poet Laureate (Juan Felipe Herrera) graduated from CHASS!



offered in CHASS.

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CHASS’ Dance Department offers a full spectrum of degrees.

Award-Winning Faculty

You have big dreams. We'll help them come true!


Faculty member Sang-Hee Lee

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.
Faculty member Reza Aslan

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

Success Programs

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.

Fall Transitions

(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.

CHASS Connect

(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.

Pre-Business PATH

(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.

Exploratory Scholars

(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.

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

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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)

Student Spotlight


Student Amy Ayotte

English Major

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

Student Jizhong Xiao

Psychology Major

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

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$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.

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$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.

CHASS Alumni

Join us in making global impacts.


Alumni Jamie Chung
JAMIE CHUNG ’05 (Economics)

Performed in The Gifted (2017), Office Christmas Party (2016), It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (2015), Big Hero 6 (2014), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), The Hangover Part II and III (2011, 2013) and Once Upon A Time (2011)

Alumni Dexter Thomas
DEXTER THOMAS ’06 (English)

Won a Pulitzer Prize for his contribution to the LA Times’ collaborative packaged coverage of the San Bernardino mass shooting in 2015. He writes on culture and minority communities for the Times.

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On-Campus Housing for Freshman CHASS Students

Live, learn and make memories in the CHASS Living-Learning Community. Residents usually share the same major and class schedule. Includes ongoing social activities and a resident adviser who is enrolled in CHASS.

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Career Center

Get help with career success.


UCR’s Career Center — and Virtual Career Center — offers full-service counseling and resources, regardless of major or class level.


  • Career and graduate/professional school planning
  • Job/internship search strategies and database
  • Skill-building workshops, employer information sessions and panel discussions
  • 11 fairs, including the Graduate and Professional School Information Day, and the Spring Job Fair: Career Night
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An advertisement for Career Night: The Spring Job Fair.