Majors & Programs

Anthropology

Anthropology is a holistic science dedicated to the study of human cultural and biological diversity. Its five sub-fields are: cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, applied anthropology, and archaeology. Anthropology is unique in that it integrates fields of study that traditionally span multiple disciplines in the sciences, arts, and professional studies and prepares students for a wide range of careers and/or advanced degree programs.

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Communication

Courses and activities in this department both teach and make use of skills that are vital for the job-market and for everyday life. Students with a degree in Communication are ready to excel in a wide variety of careers – marketing, advertising, broadcasting, public relations, politics, and more!

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Dance

The interdisciplinary Dance Studies curriculum unifies the physical, intellectual, cultural and artistic aspects of dance into an invigorating course of study. As performers, choreographers, teachers, collaborators and citizen artists, our students will engage their local and global communities creatively and responsibly.

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Environmental Studies

A unique interdisciplinary program, environmental studies has four distinct components: a core curriculum based on the cultural, political and economic aspects of globalization; proficiency in a second language; a concentration in one of five areas (China, Europe, latin America, Global Culture, and Third World Development) and the equivalent of a semester studying abroad.

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Geography

When you study Geography at Humboldt State, you’re part of something bigger: a community of passionate teachers and students with a shared love of geography and adventure in class, in the lab, on trips and through our active student association, the HSU Geographic Society.

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International Studies

The International Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program with four distinct components: core curriculum, area concentration, language proficiency, and residency abroad. Many study abroad programs are available, including opportunities for students who need to complete intermediate to advanced language work, as well as for students who already have language proficiency.

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Music

The Department of Music is committed to providing the highest quality instruction in an environment that nurtures the intellectual and creative development of the individual. Our goal is to provide a complete and specialized music education to every student, regardless of his or her prior experience. Our classes are small, allowing us to offer an extraordinary level of personal attention to every individual.

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Philosophy

The study of philosophy develops skills in logic-based critical thinking, written communication, problem solving, oral communication, analytical thinking, and textual interpretation and analysis. The progam gives students the opportunity to study classic texts in the history of ideas, East & West contemporary works in ethics and epistemology, feminism and philosophy of science, Individual thinkers in depth, and environmental ethics & wildlife ethics.

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Religious Studies

Religious Studies offers an exceptional opportunity to explore cultural diversity, history of cultural and religious traditions, classical texts, and values in contemporary culture. Many Religious Studies majors find it a vehicle for their own self-exploration and their search for direction in life. 

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Theatre Arts

The goal of the Theatre Arts major is to provide a solid and broad foundation of knowledge, skills, and hands-on practice in performance, design, and technology in order to prepare students for jobs in the arts, other careers, and further graduate study.

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Art

The Art department provides students with a thorough grounding in the practice, language, theory, and history of the visual arts in order to prepare them for careers in art, museums, education, business, and daily life. We train our students in sound technique and prepare them to bring their personal visions to bear on issues in ethics, history, and culture.

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Critical Race, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies (CRGS) is an undergraduate program focused on the critical examination of race, class, gender, sexuality, dis/ability and nation as intersecting categories of identity, oppression and resistance. Our intersectional and comparative critical approach engenders transformative practices in research, creative work, and community activism.

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English

The English major at Humboldt State University offers students a solid foundation in English literature, linguistics, composition, instruction and more. Our students acquire an understanding of the role of language in the construction of meaning through critical analysis, creative expression and exposure to diverse philosophical and theoretical sources. 

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Environment & Community

The graduate program in Environment and Community is a two-year interdisciplinary Master of Arts (M.A.) in Social Sciences. The mission of the Environment and Community program is to prepare students to understand the relationship between communities and their environment, to analyze environment-community issues at different scales, and to act effectively in situations where values and interests diverge.

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Film

The Film Major provides students with broad based academic training and hands-on professional experience for a wide range of careers in California’s independent film, digital media and entertainment industries, scientific exploration and documentation, social and cultural change, and the emerging digital portal opportunities of the future.

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History

The Department of History offers a wide array of courses in United States, European, Asian, Latin American, and Middle Eastern history that cover diverse topics including war and diplomacy, colonialism and empire. Our students acquire all the tools of the historian: critical thinking, high-tech research, project development, and excellent writing and presentation skills. 

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Journalism

The Journalism program is designed to prepare students for a career in journalism, broadcasting, public relations or related fields. It provides students with an understanding of the rights, responsibilities and role of the mass media and helps students develop their critical thinking skills. The art and practice of journalism could not be more important than it is today. Timely, verifiable information delivered with honesty empowers humans to make choices about living in their world. 

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Native American Studies

Native American Studies at Humboldt State is more than an academic discipline. Our  baccalaureate degree in Native American Studies is still the only program of its kind in the CSU. NAS prepares students for careers and advanced study in which collaboration with native communities plays a vital role. Students are provided with quality instruction utilizing interdisciplinary, quality research and public service curriculum that foregrounds Native American epistemologies and knowledges.

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Politics

Political science investigates the theories and practices of politics. It looks at how people should act and how people do act. It hones your critical thinking and communications skills and gives you the foundation to understand how politics affects society. A major in Political Science from our department will show you how to work with and within governments and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); help you understand how social justice and culture shape the environmental movement; and explore how politics affects the international community.

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World Languages and Cultures

The Department of World Languages and Cultures (WLC) offers programs in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish. The richness and diversity of offerings permit our students to find multilevel academic opportunities under one single department. WLC provides a comprehensive, unifying theme around the study of international languages and cultures.

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