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The Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Program provides interdisciplinary course work in support of both lower-division and upper-division undergraduate instruction. Under the HASS rubric are courses designed for broad liberal arts instruction, such as the "cluster" courses supported by the Hewlett Foundation, and other courses aimed to introduce entering students to the academic expectations and skills of a university. A seminar course provides academic credit for students who participate in the University of California Washington Center Program in Washington, D.C. The Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences major offers UCR students the opportunity to design a unique major program when the student's interests span more than one academic discipline, and no similar program of instruction is already available through an existing department or program. 

The Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Major is available by application only. It is designed for students who have specific interests which cannot be accommodated within any one of the departments in the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences and who wish to establish a coherent program of their own. The application must include a carefully worded statement of purpose showing an overall theme for the major and a coherent list of courses to be taken. The courses must demonstrate a rigorous and meaningful program of instruction in support of the theme. Each student is required to write a senior thesis under the supervision of a UCR faculty mentor, and receives academic credit for the research and writing under HASS 195. Recent majors have completed programs with such themes as Anthropology and Art, Architecture, Buddhist Studies, Environment and Law, Ethnic Studies and Political Science, and Italian Studies

An application for the interdisciplinary major may be obtained from our office. The Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences Committee considers each proposal in the context of the student's topic and statement of purpose. Students applying to the program may not submit a Change of Major form until after the Committee has approved their interdisciplinary program. The advisor must approve every subsequent change in the contents of the program.

Students must fulfill all breadth requirements of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. For a detailed list of requirements and a summary of units, see Degree Requirements under the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in the Undergraduate Studies section of the general catalog