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Undergraduate Major Programs

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For generations of students, an education within the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences has served as a foundation that has allowed our graduates to thrive in an ever-shrinking world. No matter where their lives take them, they are “At Home in the World”.

As an undergraduate student in CHASS, you have the opportunity to choose from among a vast number of majors and minors that allow you to work towards your dreams and make a difference in the world.

The College has a broad focus with distinctive programs. Faculty members are accessible and supportive and value the impact they have upon student lives.

Below you will find a brief summaries of CHASS’s undergraduate programs and interdisciplinary programs. If you would like more detailed information about a program, please click the links provided.

Information about minors offered within the college is available here.

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  • Administrative Studies
    The major is only offered in combination with a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history, economics, history, sociology or political science, or with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology. Students gain an interdisciplinary approach to training in decision-making and analytical skills and a thorough grounding in their respective disciplines. Offered by the Department of Administrative Studies.
  • African American Studies
    The curriculum examines the African American experience, fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of the contributions that African Americans have made to society. It focuses within a framework of power relations, class, politics, race/ ethnicity, gender, education, socioeconomics and culture. The program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in African American studies. Offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies.
  • Anthropology
    The Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree program in anthropology includes four broad subfields:
    • Socio-cultural anthropology, which studies communities comparatively in their local and global contexts
    • Archaeology, which investigates past societies through their material and written remains
    • Biological anthropology, which focuses on the evolution of the human as a species and the interaction of human biological variability with culture
    • Linguistic anthropology, which explores the interconnections of language, culture, thought and social structure
    Students learn of the challenges of an international economy, transnational connections communities and multicultural citizenries. The skills and knowledge learned help students understand the connections between people. Offered by the Department of Anthropology.
  • Art (Studio)
    The Bachelor of Arts in art offers a broad spectrum of classes spanning not only traditional art disciplines such as painting, drawing, photography and sculpture, but also newer disciplines such as inter-media, video and digital art, and art theory. Students can create individual programs to match their personal needs and interests. Offered by the Department of Art.
  • Art History
    The Bachelor of Arts in art history provides the framework for the critical study of a wide range of cultures in different periods of human history. Students examine works of art in relation to the circumstances surrounding their creation. Offered by the Department of the History of Art.
    Additional courses of study include:
    • Art history/religious studies — combining courses in art history with those of related religious content and background. Students may choose between the Asian concentration, the student-designed comparative concentration, and the Western concentration. Offered in tandem with the Department of Religious Studies
    • Art history/administrative studies — providing students with the background for a career in museums by combining training in management and the history of art. Offered in tandem with the Department of Administrative Studies
  • Asian American Studies
    The program focuses on the Asian American experience. It is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the study of racialization processes that are simultaneously domestic, transnational and global in nature. Students study a wide range of issues including
    • Korean/African American and Latino relations in Los Angeles
    • Foreign policy and Asian Americans
    • Japanese internment, Asian American literature, and Asian American women
    Offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies.
  • Asian Literatures and Cultures
    The degree in Asian literatures and cultures offers a diverse, flexible program for students interested in the study of Asian languages, cultures and literatures. Students can choose the Chinese or Japanese track. The major is interdisciplinary, giving students the opportunity to combine courses from different UCR departments and considerable freedom to choose courses on the basis of their own areas of interest. Language proficiency and some courses in literature or culture are required. Students can study literature in the original language or focus on culture, history, and literature using texts in English translation. Offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages.
  • Asian Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts in Asian studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws on courses and faculty from various departments. It is built around training in East, Southeast, and South Asian languages, but covers many aspects of East Asian history, literature, and cultures. Students may choose between two tracks of study:
    • East Asian studies - focusing on China, Japan, or Korea
    • Comparative Asian studies - allows students to take a broader perspective by developing a comparative, interdisciplinary approach to the study of different areas of Asia and Asian America.
    • This interdisciplinary program is offered by the Asian Studies Program.
  • Business Economics
    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in business economics are provided with a broad base in the study of the production and distribution of goods and services, enhanced by business principles. Students gain insights and skills related to marketplace structures, the functioning of economic systems and the use of tools for analyzing topics such as individual and social decision making, the distribution of resources, income theories and fiscal monetary policies. Offered by the Department of Economics.
  • Chicano Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts program in Chicano studies is a comprehensive and comparative examination of the Chicano experience from both historical and contemporary perspectives. The curriculum focuses on:
    • History and politics
    • Culture and art
    • Language
    • Music of La Raza
    Also examined are contemporary issues affecting the community, including religion, family, gender, identity, education, law, politics, voting, the economy, the border, the anti-immigrant backlash, the English-only movement, and community empowerment and development. Offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies.
  • Classical Studies
    Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in classical studies examine all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations that enhance our understanding of the modern world. The program covers the art, archaeology, history, religion, philosophy, and especially the language and literature of more than 2,000 years from the Mediterranean Basin into Europe, the Near East, and Africa. Offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages.
  • Comparative Ancient Civilizations
    The Bachelor of Arts in comparative ancient civilizations is interdepartmental and interdisciplinary and focuses on a variety of pre-modern cultures of the world that flourished economically, politically, and culturally over significantly long periods of time and produced an enduring legacy. Students learn about
    • The perceptions and interactions of ancient civilizations with one another and with later civilizations that use the older cultures to reinforce or distinguish their own ideals
    • The comparison of aspects by which an ancient civilization is defined
    • The processes by which ancient civilizations are constructed
    Offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages.
  • Comparative Literature
    The Bachelor of Arts in comparative literature is an interdisciplinary field that encourages the study of inter-literary relationships among various cultural traditions. Students study different genres of literary works from a comparative perspective involving two or more literary and cultural traditions. Offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages.
  • Creative Writing
    Students in the Bachelor of Arts in creative writing program focus on:
    • Developing writing skills and interests
    • The forms and techniques of the art of poetry, nonfiction, and fiction
    • How to read as writers
    • How writers use language to manipulate meanings
    • How to use language in ways that make ideas accessible and artistically compelling
    Students may specialize in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Offered by the Department of Creative Writing.
  • Dance
    Bachelor of Arts in dance students gain in-depth experience as choreographers while forming a cultural and historical perspective on the art of dance. Emphases include:
    • Modern technique choreography
    • Cultivation of cultural and historical perspectives on dance
    • Movement practices
    • Dance composition
    • Performance
    • Cultural and historical studies
    • Digital and screen studies
    Offered by the Department of Dance.
  • Economics
    The Bachelor of Arts in economics offers in-depth knowledge of how markets work and an understanding of how government intervention affects the economy. Mathematics and statistics serve as analytical tools for undergraduate studies. Students delve into specialized areas, including:
    • Development economics
    • Microeconomics and macroeconomics
    • Money and banking
    • Econometrics
    • International economics
    Students may also pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in combined areas of either economics/administrative studies or economics/law and society. Offered by the Department of Economics.
  • English
    The Bachelor of Arts in English is designed to provide a well-balanced, thought-provoking program for students with a serious interest in the study of literature and culture. Students have considerable freedom to select courses according to their own interests. Subjects can include periods such as Medieval, Victorian, or contemporary; genres such as the dream vision, the Gothic novel, or film noir; areas such as colonial literature, gender and sexuality, or cultural studies; authors or major works. Offered by the Department of English.
  • Ethnic Studies
    Students examine inter- and intra-group differences and commonalities in history, culture, racism, the impact of law and social inequality in contemporary society, and the specific experiences of African Americans, Asian Americans, Chicanas/os and Latinas/os, and Native Americans. The program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in:
    • Ethnic studies
    • African American studies
    • Asian American studies
    • Chicano studies
    • Native American studies
    Offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies.
  • Film and Visual Culture
    Distinguished by its interdisciplinary approach, its attention to a range of visual media, and emphasis on cultural studies, visual ethnography, and media literacy, the curriculum is organized into the following three distinct but interrelated clusters:
    • Film and visual media, which emphasizes media literacy, paying particular attention to questions of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity
    • Film, Literature, and culture, which focuses on comparisons and intersections among film and other arts and among different national cultures
    • Ethnography, documentary and visual culture, which provides in-depth coverage of the theories and methods that guide the production and analysis of ethnographic and documentary films and media
    Students study with faculty from all departments in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences. They can elect to receive either fine arts or humanities credit for any film and visual culture classes they take to satisfy College breadth requirements. Offered by the Department of Media and Cultural Studies.
  • Global Studies
    The program prepares students to become global thinkers and problem solvers by crossing disciplines, drawing on the fine arts, social sciences, humanities, and sciences. Students prepare for careers in public service, media work at the practical and policy levels, environmental advocacy; graduate study in a variety of disciplines; or for advanced study in professional schools of public policy, law, medicine, or management. This interdisciplinary program is offered by the Global Studies Program.
  • History
    The program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in:
    • History
    • History/administrative studies
    • History/law and society
    Emphasizing an understanding of changes in society over time, students develop an ability to communicate well, both orally and in writing, and to think clearly and analytically. Offered by the Department of History .
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
    Students are provided with the opportunity to earn a degree within a broad liberal arts education. During the junior and senior year, students can specialize in Communication Studies or select two concentrations representing different fields of study. Students gain competence in their areas of interest that enables them to extend and deepen the investigations begun during the first two years. Requirements are flexible and allow students to prepare for graduate or professional school as well as pursue their interests. Offered by the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.
  • Languages
    The Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in:
    • Asian literatures and cultures — students choose a Chinese or Japanese track and study Asian languages, cultures, and literatures. Language proficiency and some courses in literature in culture are required. Students can study literature in the original language or focus on culture, history, and literature using texts in English translation.
    • French — Focused on a core study of French culture, literature, and language, students can take the major with the options French literature or French civilization, which focuses on the culture and people of France.
    • Germanic Studies — The major offers a diverse curriculum ranging from beginning language classes to advanced study of literary and cultural topics. Students work closely with a faculty advisor to form a program of study.
    • Russian Studies — The major is for students who are interested in Russian language and literature, and history and civilization. Students work closely with advisors to plan a coherent program of courses that match the student's interests.
    • Language — The major allows students to specialize in two or three foreign languages, their creative use in literature, and the cultures and civilizations they reflect.
    The department also offers courses in Italian literature, language, and civilization; and Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese languages. Offered by the Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages.
  • Latin American Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts features study of the anthropology, economics, geography, history, sociology, languages, and cultures of the region. The major provides the ability to explore subjects of particular interest. Students can complete a double major with other departments. Offered by the Latin American Studies Program.
  • Law and Society
    The Bachelor of Arts in gives undergraduates an interdisciplinary liberal arts approach to the study of legal and law-like relationships and institutions. It aids students in developing critical thinking about law and social institutions, as well as critical reading and writing skills, oral communication and listening abilities, and general research skills. It is offered only in combination with other majors:
    • Anthropology
    • Economics
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    Offered by the Law and Society Program.
  • Liberal Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts is for students interested in careers in elementary school education. The major includes a core of lower-division courses designed to provide students with broad subject matter coverage to give them the foundation needed to pass the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET) and enable them to be well prepared to teach. Upper-division tracks allow students to build upon their strengths and interests. The program also features the Bridge to Teaching Program for students interested in teaching in California elementary schools and the "accelerated" Blended Program in Undergraduate Teacher Preparation that allows students to begin "professional" student teaching in the final quarter of the senior year. This interdisciplinary program is offered by the Liberal Studies Program.
  • Linguistics
    The Bachelor of Arts covers the science of language and investigates the psychological and physical mechanisms of human speech, the similarities and differences among languages, the origin of languages and how they change, and how language is acquired. Students can customize studies to meet individual academic and career goals, including selecting a double major that provides strong preparation in two fields. Offered by the Linguistics Program.
  • Media and Cultural Studies
    Distinguished by its interdisciplinary approach, its attention to a range of visual media, and emphasis on cultural studies, visual ethnography, and media literacy, the curriculum is organized into the following three distinct but interrelated clusters: Film and visual media, which emphasizes media literacy, paying particular attention to questions of gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity Film, Literature, and culture, which focuses on comparisons and intersections among film and other arts and among different national cultures Ethnography, documentary and visual culture, which provides in-depth coverage of the theories and methods that guide the production and analysis of ethnographic and documentary films and media. Offered by the Department of Media and Cultural Studies
  • Music
    The Bachelor of Arts provides students with a unique approach to the study of music. Students are encouraged to study and perform a wide range of musical forms, and examine music and its roles in other cultures and its relation to literature, politics and art. Students have the freedom to create, perform, and study a range of musical forms; to write original scores, to give public performances; and are challenged to think of music in new ways, and study it in relation to other arts, literature, and politics. Offered by the Department of Music.
  • Native American Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts in Native American studies is a rigorous introduction to the indigenous cultures of the Americas. The degree challenges students to examine the political, social, and economic aspects of Native American culture, and to question notions of cultural identity. The Bachelor of Arts prepares students for work in several fields, including:
    • Tribal administration
    • Museum curatorship
    • Teaching
    • Human services
    Offered by the Department of Ethnic Studies.
  • Philosophy
    The Bachelor of Arts is an intensive program that teaches students how to think critically and independently about the fundamental questions facing human kind. Students gain a background in western and contemporary philosophy and their philosophical approaches to contemporary social issues. Training in analytical skills such as reasoning and argumentation will aid students in their understanding of human inquiry. Offered by the Department of Philosophy.
  • Political Science
    The Bachelor of Arts in political science provides a rigorous view at the processes and issues facing the political world of today and of the past. By opening a window to the political world, students pursuing the degree will critically examine schools of political thought and past and present political institutions. The major also offers cooperative majors, including:
    • Administrative studies
    • Law and society
    • Political science/public service
    • Political science/international affairs
    Offered by the Department of Political Science.
  • Psychology
    The Bachelor of Arts, through hands-on curriculum, allows students to study a broad range of various aspects of psychology and its research methods. Students are expected to develop their analytical skills in dealing with aspects of psychology, such as physiological influences on behavior. Offered by the Department of Psychology.
  • Public Policy
    The Bachelor of Arts is designed to teach students to critically analyze current public policies, their implementation, and their impacts on households, community, and society. Courses draw on developments in philosophy, economics, and political science, amongst others. Offered by the Public Policy program.
  • Religious Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts gives students a cross-cultural perspective of religious traditions throughout the world, through the examination of texts, symbols, rituals, values, and institutions. Also offered is the Art History/Religious Studies undergraduate major, which gives students the opportunity to concentrate on one section of religion, combining it with visual art. Offered by the Department of Religious Studies.
  • Sociology
    Students who earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science participate in an expansive and challenging curriculum, focused on understanding the social universe. Students will receive individual attention from the faculty in a broad range of topics, including:
    • Gender, ethnicity, race and class
    • Social stratification
    • Urban issues
    • Sociology of education, religion, or human society
    • Crime
    • Family
    • Political organizations
    • Social psychology
    Offered by the Department of Sociology.
  • Spanish
    The program leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Spanish gives students a deeper understanding of the Spanish language, literature, and culture, while focusing on increasing each student's proficiency in Spanish communication. Students can specialize in one of three areas:
    • Literature: primarily for students who plan to go on and earn a teaching credential or graduate degree in Spanish
    • Language: designed for students interested in linguistics or language, or students preparing to teach Spanish
    • Cultural Studies: intended for students considering teaching Spanish in high school, working in the media, or international studies
    Offered by the Department of Hispanic Studies.
  • Theatre
    The Bachelor of Arts offers students a full range of courses in a small, learning-friendly environment. The program is one of the strongest in the country, with students studying a range of topics, including:
    • Dramatic literature
    • Playwriting and screenwriting
    • Stage management and design
    • Production, acting and directing
    • Theatre technology
    Students receive course credit for taking part in productions, and advanced students are invited to do specialized creative projects. Partnering with the Gluck Foundation, students can teach theatre workshops in local schools. The department also offers a writing track for undergrads interested in writing for film, theatre and television. Offered by the Department of Theatre.
  • Women's Studies
    The Bachelor of Arts in women's studies offers an intensive academic program, fusing together traditional academic disciplines with studies of diverse cultures and how they relate to gender and sexuality. Lower division coursework familiarizes students with issues in women's studies and research on gender and sexuality. Upper-division courses and core electives help students understand the broad scope of feminist thought, research in the field, and how knowledge is produced on the subject. Offered through the Department of Women's Studies.

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