Humanities and Social Sciences majors – who have earned 8 units at the college and maintain a 3.3 cumulative GPA may request an overload for more than 4.5 course units but no more than 5 course units. First-year students, with less than 8 earned units, may apply for an overload to take an intensive language. Students who are seeking an overload should first discuss this with their faculty advisor or department chair. The advisor and/or department chair should inquire as to why they are requesting the overload, review their academic record, and determine the likelihood of a successful semester with such an overload. If approved, students should complete the overload request form and have the department chair sign the form.
If you are applying for Independent Study or Internship and need Overload permission, you should submit your Overload application using the HSS Independent Study and Internship Application Portal (below) where you will upload both your Overload form and your Independent Study or Internship Application. The Associate Dean will review it and sign the form and grant overload.
For Overload requests that do not involve Independent Study or Internship, please submit your paperwork into our application portal using the link below:
You must get signatures from your department prior to uploading forms into the system.
HSS Independent Study and Internships
Deadlines (Late applications will not be considered):
Fall 2017: Friday, October 6 by 4:30 p.m.
Spring 2018: Friday, March 2 by 4:30 p.m.
You will need to submit the completed application form and your full proposal on-line to be considered for registration. To find an internship, there are resources provided by your department, and The Career Center lists many opportunities for students in HSS.
- If you are requesting an overload, you must submit the overload form into the on-line system at the same time you submit your application.
- If you have a hold in PAWS, please resolve this prior to submitting paperwork.
- Independent Study Requirements (updated in 2004)
- An independent study contract consists of two parts–the proposal and the enrollment
form to be developed by the Office of Records and Registration.
The student will prepare a written proposal containing the following information:
(1) a detailed description of the project,
(2) the amount of time devoted to each major aspect of the project,
(3) a description of prior course work or other experience which prepares the student for
the proposed activity,
(4) the frequency and duration of meetings with the faculty sponsor,
(5) dates for completion of project milestones where applicable.
The methods by which the student’s work will be evaluated must be clearly stated in the
proposal. Some appropriate forms of evaluation include a paper, a performance, and/or a
- Internship Requirements (updated in 2016)
- An internship contract consists of two parts: the proposal and the enrollment form to be
developed by the Office of Records and Registration. The student will prepare a written
proposal meeting the following requirements:
1. The proposal should state the number of credit hours from any previous internship, as
well as the semester taken and the firm, institution, or agency where the internship was
2. The proposal must explain exactly how credits are to be earned, what on-the-job activities
will be required of the intern, and how these activities relate to program learning goals
3. The proposal must describe the methods of evaluating the internship to be used by the
faculty supervisor, which may include evaluation(s) by the on-site supervisor.
4. The proposal must specify learning goals and objectives. The learning goals may be
general to all internships in a department (at a particular course level) and/or be specific
to the particular internship experience.
5. The proposal must identify the firm, institution, or agency where the internship will be
6. The proposal must identify a professional person at the firm, institution, or agency who
will supervise and/or recruit the student during/for the internship.
7. Whenever feasible, the proposal should require on-site visits by a supervising faculty
8. The proposal must be approved by the department chair or his or her designee before a
student may proceed with the internship.
9. The approved proposal must be delivered to the Office of Records and Registration by the
end of the first week of the semester in which the internship is to be completed.
10. Copies of the approved proposal should be provided to the student, the faculty supervisor,
the department, and the firm, institution, or agency supervisor.
11. If the circumstances of the internship change, it is the responsibility of the faculty
supervisor to send an addendum to the proposal to the Office of Records and Registration.
Once the forms are completed, please submit your paperwork into our application portal using the link below:
You must get signatures from your department prior to uploading forms into the system. You must use the new forms (at the bottom has a Revised 08/2017 date).
Please submit early to avoid missing registration deadlines.
Change of Major or Minor
- Change of Major Form
- Self-designed Major Application
- Adding a Minor Form
- Application for Interdisciplinary Concentration