Humboldt State University
The Graduate Experience
At Humboldt State University, students learn by doing. Classroom experience is complemented
by hands-on participation in research and creative activities with other students and talented
faculty. Field work, research experience, practica, internships, and cooperative education
projects are part of most degree programs.
Humboldt State provides state-of-the-art research and performance facilities, including a
760-seat theatre and experimental studios; child development, kinesiology, cartography, and
writing labs; three journals and magazines showcasing students' scholarly and creative writing;
a psychology clinic; a fish hatchery and wildlife game pens; a marine wildlife care facility,
the Telonicher Marine Science Lab, and a seagoing research vessel (the R/V Coral Sea); a
320-acre experimental forest, greenhouse, and herbarium; the Schatz Energy Research Center
and the Campus Center for Appropriate Technology; and a natural history museum.
Humboldt offers seven MA programs (Biology, Education, English, Environment & Community,
Psychology, Sociology, Theatre), three MS programs (Environmental Systems, Kinesiology,
Natural Resources), an MBA program, and an MSW program.
Quick facts about Humboldt State:
- Ninety percent of master's graduates are employed in their fields or enrolled
in doctoral programs.
- U.S. News and World Report ranks Humboldt State among the top 10 percent regional
colleges and universities; Money magazine lists the university as one of the "best
buys" in the nation and the West.
- Students enjoy small classes and close interaction with faculty.
- Humboldt State's award-winning faculty (with honors from Intel/Tech Museum, the
American Academy of Sciences, international film festivals, Wang Family-CSU, the
National Endowment for the Arts, the National Science Foundation) help students succeed.
- Students have the opportunity to participate in the innovative College Faculty
Preparation Program for experience in community college or university teaching.
Humboldt State is located on the spectacular northern coast of California between scenic
redwoods and the Pacific Ocean in the college town of Arcata, Calif., 95 miles south of
the Oregon border and 270 miles north of San Francisco. In Arcata and nearby Eureka, Calif.,
you will find a casual environment that is a hub of north coast music, theatre, and art.
Outdoor recreational opportunities (skiing, surfing, rock climbing, hiking, sailing,
kayaking, and rafting) abound.