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Humboldt State: Academics

Academic Calendar

Semester/term begin dates:in late August and mid-January.
Calendar system:semester system (two terms comprise academic year)
Month(s) in which new student orientation is held:Orientation for new students held in August and January.
Number and length of summer sessions:Two summer sessions of five weeks each.

Academic Experience

Majors with the highest enrollment:psychology, art, biology
Majors with the lowest enrollment:physics, computer science, French
Average freshman GPA:2.8 on a 4.0 scale
Percent of full-time freshman students who returned for sophomore year:75%
Student:Faculty ratio:25:1
Total faculty:267 men, 299 women, 566 total
Full-time faculty:127 men, 99 women, 226 total
Part-time faculty:140 men, 200 women, 340 total
Graduation rate:46% within six years

Required undergraduate Curriculum

General education/core curriculum is required:yes
Minor requirements:not required for graduation
Physical education is required:no
There are religious requirements for graduation:no

Programs Offered

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Special programs offered:double majors, dual degrees, independent study, honors program, pass/fail grading option, internships, distance learning
Minors and other miscellaneous programs offered:Many minors offered.
Preprofessional programs offered:pre-medicine, pre-veterinary science, pre-pharmacy, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry
Education certifications are offered:yes
Education certifications:early childhood, elementary, middle/junior high, secondary, special education, bilingual/bicultural
Cooperative programs are offered:no
Graduate schools/programs are offered:yes
Qualified undergraduates may take graduate-level classes:yes
Study abroad opportunities:Study abroad in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom.
Army ROTC:not offered
Navy ROTC:not offered
Air Force ROTC:not offered

List of Majors

Bachelor's Degrees:
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development/Elementary Education
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology/Justice Studies
  • Critical Race/Gender/Sexuality Studies
  • Dance Studies
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Management/Protection
  • Environmental Resources Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Film
  • Fisheries
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Liberal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Native American Studies
  • Oceanography
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Rangeland Resource Science
  • Recreation Administration
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Arts
  • Wildlife
  • Zoology