Humboldt State University

What sets HSU apart from other universities? In a word, innovation.
Innovation begins with the way we approach the teacher-student relationship. Many colleges boast prestigious, but distant, faculty members. Our students actually know their world-renowned professors. In addition to being leaders in the sciences and humanities, HSU professors are commited to mentoring their students by including them in all kinds of experiments, lab research, and field work.

At Humboldt State, learning isn’t limited to sitting in a classroom and taking notes. Our students take that knowledge and apply it in the real world by doing their own seismic readings, photography, wildlife studies, social work and more. Why is this important? Because success in the job market, whether you wind up in business, zoology or any field in between, requires strong entrepreneurial and critical thinking skills.

Our emphasis on combining classroom learning with hands-on experience, will help you gain those critical skills. It’s an innovative approach to education that yields results. It’s also something rarely found at an under... [ Read All ]


United States

Humboldt State University
CA 95521
Phone: 707 826-3624

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Our Aims

Art Department Mission

The Art Department offers a high-quality education in fine arts to undergraduate students in the CSU system. Our mission is to provide 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 address issues, ethics, history, and culture with a unique and personal vision.

Art Department Vision

The Art Department is a creative community of artists, historians, and educators dedicated to rigorous skill building, intellectual growth, and creative problem solving. We understand the importance of our task to educate the individuals who will shape the culture of our collective future. We recognize art as a potent and positive force for change in contemporary society.

Our curriculum is designed to empower students to take risks, to arrive at insights about society, and to understand themselves. We offer our students a rigorous grounding in the fundamentals, and we provide an excellent education in the hist...  [ Read All ]

Sample Student Art Work (10)

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Location and Getting there

Humboldt is located on the North Coast of California in the small town of Arcata.  

Department and information about the department

Humboldt State’s art department is nationally recognized and accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. What we are most proud of, however, is our dedication to undergraduate students. Many schools reserve individualized instruction for their graduate students. At Humboldt State, we mentor all of our students. It’s one of the things that makes our program unique, and it absolutely benefits your development as an artist.

Our curriculum is designed to empower you to take risks, to arrive at insights about society, and to understand yourself. At Humboldt State, you’ll gain a firm grasp on the fundamentals, as well as an excellent education in the history, practice, and teaching of the visual arts.  

News and Events



Information For  Undergraduates

Our Courses:

Art education
Art history
Certificate in museum practices
Graphic design
Small metals/jewelry  

Information For  International Students  


Membership in the Alumni Association is the best way to stay connected to your alma mater and hear news of regional events, alumni chapters, publications and large-scale events like reunions and our Distinguished Alumni Awards. The Association was organized in 1924, just 11 years after the institution was founded. We currently have over 4,000 members out of 50,000+ graduates of HSU, one of the highest percentages of memberships of any CSU! Humboldt State is proud of the relationship it has with former students who maintain their strong ties with the University for a lifetime. Once a student, always an alum!  

Student Facilities

HSU's CenterArts program draws star entertainers-Lyle Lovett, ballerina Suzanne Farrell, Garrison Keillor, Bo Diddley, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Putumayo Latinas Divas, the Moscow Virtuosi, Los Lobos, the Peking Acrobats, Angelique Kidjo, and Celtic music luminaries like Winifred Horan and Seamus Egan.

The campus MultiCultural Center is home to 11 active clubs and programs, including American Indian Alliance, Hillel, the Women's Center, Black Student Union, Asian Pacific American Student alliance, Latinos Unidos of Humboldt, Sista to Sista, and Movimento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan. Research shows that diversity provides many educational benefits, including multiple perspectives, critical thinking skills, and challenges to stereotypes. HSU prepares future citizens to live and work harmoniously in an increasingly diverse society.

Our facilities are cutting edge, too. Projects in progress include an 84,000 square foot state-of-the-art Behavioral and Social Sciences building that complies with strict environmental standards. It will house dozens of new lecture rooms, laboratories, and the new CSU Center for America...  [ Read All ]

Student Support

The Student Support Services program is funded by the U. S. Department of Education and was first established at Humboldt State University in 1972 for the purpose of improving the retention and graduation rates of low-income and first-generation college students. The SSS program also provides support and encouragement for program students to continue into graduate and professional schools at the postbaccalaureate level. The SSS program provides academic, financial aid, advising, mentoring, and career support services to program students.

Contact Info
Student Support Services (SSS)
House #56,
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521
Phone: (707) 826-4781  

Student Life

Student Clubs and Activities:  


Our goal is to provide you with comfortable and safe housing, as well as high quality dining services, in a convenient location. Additionally, we hope to support you in your academic pursuits by emphasizing a community atmosphere conducive to study and assist you in your personal development by offering a multitude of activities that focus on social interaction, education growth, social justice, and many other areas.

Student leadership in the residence halls plays a major role in the determination of community living standards. As a resident, you share in the responsibility of positively influencing your residence hall environment. An understanding of and respect for the rights of self and others is of utmost importance in making these experiences meaningful.  

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