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The College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS) is the largest college at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Our strength is our interdisciplinary power. More than 10,000 students select from 60+ majors and study alongside faculty who support their dreams. With access to groundbreaking research centers, art galleries, and performance spaces, CHASS students create work that inspires the world.


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The news arrived Monday that the world has been awaiting since spring: a vaccine has been developed that shows a high degree of efficacy in late-stage trials: 90%. That puts it in the company of effective vaccines such as for measles, and well beyond what the medical community hoped for in efficacy. Among UCR scientists, as everywhere, the news of the vaccine developed by the drugmakers Pfizer and BioNTech was welcomed. 
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We respectfully acknowledge our responsibility to the original and current caretakers of this land, water and air: The Cahuilla, Tongva, Luiseño, and Serrano peoples. Today, this location is home to many Indigenous peoples from all over the world. We are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work on these homelands.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Alumni

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U.S. Poets Laureate (Faculty & Alumni)

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Alondra Marquez Carter
My favorite thing about being a CHASS student is understanding how beautifully all of its disciplines overlap. Oftentimes I would find myself sitting in a sociology lecture contemplating how matters of psychology or history were inextricably linked to my own discipline.
Alondra Marquez Carter
Sociology
Justin Daniel Domecillo
Before CHASS, I wasn’t able to discuss, research, or write about queer topics that I loved, but here I’ve been given resources and opportunities to contribute my own voice in academia, and to join conversations that have been otherwise silencing.
Justin Daniel Domecillo
English
Dashia Vonzelle Saunderlin
CHASS has opened my eyes to a lot of different aspects of not only college but the world, too. I get to experience the different aspects of media and how it affects our society and culture, and I really want to build a career off of that and use my creativity with it ...
Dashia Vonzelle Saunderlin
Media and Cultural Studies
Difza Ibragimova
I am more of a creative spirit. Pre-Business allows me to do what I want to do and CHASS economics is a very interesting topic. It's about making decisions and choices. It's intriguing because it allows me to reflect on my own decisions too.
Difza Ibragimova
Pre-Business
Jon Paredes
One of the things I like about CHASS is that it really makes us question what makes us human. I feel that it delves deeper and is more critical of what makes us ‘us,' and that’s why I chose history. I feel like it shows where we came from and how we started out.
Jon Paredes
History
Sukhmeen Kaur Kahlon
My favorite thing about CHASS is that it involves just as much unlearning as it does learning new material ... Being a CHASS student means constantly rethinking the structures and systems that we have always considered normal because normal isn’t always right.
Sukhmeen Kaur Kahlon
Political Science/Law & Society
Luis Sanchez
In CHASS, I've met different students of different ethnicity and backgrounds. It's really cool to see that because in STEM classes, you're so focused in your labs, you don't have time to communicate with each other. But CHASS is more like you talk with each other, you socialize to learn with each other, to learn from each other. I think that's the greatest advantage in being a CHASS student.
Luis Sanchez
Philosophy

More than a Major

At the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS), you’re not only part of the biggest student body UCR, you are seen, supported, and challenged as an individual. At CHASS, you don’t have to limit yourself to one discipline. You can create an interdisciplinary program that’s as multifaceted as you are.

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The College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) abhors all acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, abuse of power, and bullying in any form. As Dean of CHASS, I applaud the bravery and selflessness of students, faculty, and staff who recently came forward in the Department of English to expose and to prevent further harm caused to our students by one of our former faculty members. That faculty member’s dismissal came about as a consequence of the thorough, fair, and transparent application of the University’s disciplinary procedures and policies, including the Faculty Code of Conduct, to review and adjudicate cases of alleged sexual harassment, abuse of power, and other improper activities. I pledge to work with all employees within CHASS to ensure a climate which values the contributions and potential of all of our members, while at the same time creating an environment where the CHASS community feels safe to report and proactively prevent sexual violence, sexual harassment, abuse of power, and bullying.