Hands on Experience


The Archaeology Research Laboratory is a research facility dedicated to the scholarly pursuit of knowledge about past cultures within California and nearby areas. As part of the Anthropology Program of Humboldt State University, the laboratory supports the archaeological research and instructional activities of the faculty.

Anthropology Website

Art Studio

The studio concentration offers small classes with individual attention and large, well-equipped studio facilities, including a computer lab and a foundry. In studio courses, students learn processes and strategies used in creating works of art in various media through problem solving assignments and accompanying instruction.

Art Studio Website


HSU currently participates in “British Parliamentary” or “Worlds-style” debate. Debaters compete in teams of two against 3 other pairs (2 affirmative teams, 2 negative teams) over a topic determined 25-minutes before the debate.

Debate Team Website

Critical Race, Gender, & Sexuality

CouRaGeouS Cuentos is a library-based publishing journal and includes the creative writing of students in classes offered by the Department of Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies. At this point, the works published in the journal are by students in the Ethnic Studies 107: Chican@/Latin@ Lives class since they initially envisioned the idea.

Courageous Cuentos Website

Dance Studies

There are many performance opportunities in our active production season. Dance performances include faculty and student choreography, with one mainstage production and two informal showings each year.

Dance Studies Website


Toyon Multilingual Journal of Literature and Art at Humboldt State University is a student-run platform for voices in written or spoken word and art. Toyon recognizes diversity across disciplines, cultures, and regional boundaries with an emphasis on inclusivity, intersectionality, and multilingualism.

Toyon Website


The students of Humboldt State University have been inviting filmmakers (working in traditional, experimental and non-traditional modes) to enter their film shorts into our festival and that makes us the world’s oldest student-run film festival. Our students judge the entries from September to March. The finalists then show for three evenings for our guest industry judges and local audience.

Film Festival Website


The Dendroecology Lab supports both undergraduate and graduate research in biogeography, landscape ecology, forest ecology, climate change and forest disturbance ecology, dendrochronology, and environmental applications of GIS and related spatial analyses.

Dendroecology Website


The HSU history major provides opportunities for advanced majors to intern with professors as classroom assistants in lower-division General Education courses. Classroom assistants learn the ropes from professors by participating in course development, getting a “behind the scenes” look at university history education.

History Website


In Humboldt's journalism program, students dig right into media-making in their first semesters. Our freshman learn multimedia skills as they build expert blogs and practice reporting skills for online media. After this running start, students craft compelling stories for student media, like the Lumberjack, El Lenador, KRFH-FM, and the Osprey magazine. 

Student Media Website


The Music Department offers opportunities to join ensembles for Brass, Calypso, Chamber, Choir, Humboldt Symphony, Intermediate Orchestra, Jazz, Opera, Percussion, and Wind.

Ensemble Website


Participate in our award-winning Model U.N. program. Every year our students meet up with colleagues from as far away as Russia and the Philippines in a conference to examine the same issues the U.N. is grappling with today.

Be a part of simulated court cases, gaining experience making legal arguments in competitions with students from other schools. You’ll develop skills in legal research and analysis as well as oral argumentation.

Politics Website

World Languages & Cultures

Our affordable study abroad programs are unlike any other in the CSU system. On campus, you’ll enjoy small classes and personalized attention from a diverse, international faculty. And when you graduate, your firsthand knowledge of national ethnic groups and international cultures will give you a career advantage in the 21st century global marketplace.

Study Abroad Website