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online certificateS




Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) offers non-credit classes for those aged 50 and better.

See the website for details and current classes.




Wipe-off board with graphic recording notes

Graphic Recording

With Heather Equinoss

Graphic recording serves meeting participants by writing and drawing their conversation live and large to help them do their work. It’s a powerful tool to help people feel heard, develop shared understandings and be able to see their work in real-time.

Thurs., March 15 • 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
HSU Campus: Kinesiology 102
$175 • Class # 26681: REGISTER ONLINE

Heather Equinoss has 15 years of project management, meeting facilitation and recording, and community engagement experience in public, private, nonprofit and community settings. She specializes in using visual notetaking tools to engage meeting participants, capture the group's wisdom, focus their work, and build agreement about next steps. She has shared her enthusiasm for recording with others since 2009 (

Man speaking into microphone

Voice Overs

With Lisa Foster

You’ve heard Lisa Foster on TV and radio commercials. Now, learn from an expert as she illustrates how you could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, and videos. You’ll explore a unique, outside the box way to benefit from one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there, and gain insight from a live Q&A session. To participate in this class, you will either need a computer which has speakers built in or you may participate via telephone. A webcam is not needed.

Tues., March 20 • 6-8 p.m.
ONLINE • $35 • Class # 26974: REGISTER ONLINE

In addition to Seattle morning drive show and other radio work, Lisa Foster has been the voice for many well-known companies, including video games, corporate training, and TV and radio ads.  She has been in the voice-over business for over 25 years and has been coaching for 10 years. Her voice can be heard on ads for Crest Toothpaste, Olay, Café Appassionato, LA Weight Loss, Advanced Laser Clinics and Sleep Train, and more.


Brain of gears

Implicit Bias in the Hiring Process: Building a Diverse Workplace

With Melissa Meiris

Explore the impacts of implicit bias on all types of hiring situations and professions, and develop specific strategies for changing implicit patterns of behavior in ourselves and our organizations. Through interactive projects and discussions, participants will gain a toolkit for making positive impacts on the diversity of our workforce, client satisfaction, and our ability to reach a broader audience – crucial and concrete first steps in creating better businesses and a more inclusive community.

Fri., March 23 & April 6 • 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Eureka
$150 • Class # 27028: REGISTER ONLINE

Melissa Meiris served as the Associate Director in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Humboldt State University from 2011- 2016. Her work focused on implementing plans to enhance and support staff and faculty diversity, advocating for an equitable and inclusive campus environment, and serving as a campus resource on diversity topics. She has trained more than 1,500 people on implicit bias. Melissa came to this work via the non-profit and environmental education fields. She holds an M.A. in Education – Equity and Social Justice from San Francisco State University.


Notary Public

Notary Training

With James Negrete

Build your résumé by developing the skills and confidence you need to perform official notary duties and pass the California State proctored notary exam.

See the Notary Training website for more details.

Mon., March 12 • 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
HSU Campus: HSU Behavioral & Social Sciences 166
$120 plus additional fees • Class # 27175: REGISTER ONLINE

Podium with microphone

Public Speaking for Introverts

With Amy Rock

You know all those public speaking tips that tell you eventually you'll just get over the fear? If you're an introvert, you know that's not likely. Become a more engaging and fearless public speaker by learning new strategies for reducing nervousness, projecting confidence, organizing your thoughts, and working around the introvert’s natural tendency to sit and listen.

Fri., March 9 • 1-5 p.m.
HSU Campus: Harry Griffith Hall 204
$150 • Class # 27027: REGISTER ONLINE

A former director of the Appalachian Leadership Academy, Amy Rock is a confirmed introvert who has come to terms with her fear of public speaking, and now teaches 150-seat lectures and gives talks where people are staring at her the whole time.


Teach with Extended Education or OLLI

  • Enjoy a new venue to share your passion, research and expertise.
  • Make connections and build community.
  • Fulfill criteria for retention, tenure and promotion.
  • Earn extra income.

Have an idea? Contact Sheila Rocker Heppe,
Director, at 707-826-3743 or e-mail


Mountains drawn with Adobe IllustratorDigital Communications & Imaging Certificate Program Courses

Skill-building classes for aspiring artists and creative professionals.

Classes offered in spring 2018 (classes begin in February):


From Vine to Table: Wine Studies Certificate Program
grapes on the vineTaking aspiring wine professionals from novice to in-the-know.


Learn more: From Vine to Table Wine Studies Certificate Program website

Excel logoMicrosoft Excel Classes

Gain skills in Microsoft Excel. Joan Dvorak teaches these beginning and intermediate classes in Excel, covering worksheet layout and design, calculations, charts, conditional formatting, templates, removing duplicates, analysis tools and much more.


Map of MexicoMapping: Data Visualization

With Amy Rock

Explore exciting resources for locating spatial data, learn basic principles for representing data with maps, and try a variety of tools that will help you add impact to presentations, posters, or websites. At the end of the workshop, students will present a map they have constructed during the course.

Sat., Feb. 24 & March 3 • 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
HSU Campus: Founders Hall 106
$235 • Class # 27045: REGISTER ONLINE

Dr. Amy Rock is a professor in the Dept. of Geography at Humboldt State University.

beekeepers inspecting a hive, barn in backgroundPractical Beekeeping: Beginning & Advanced

With Dick LaForge, Jeannine Kaprielian, Steve Sottong & "Missy Bee" Krein

Honeybees pollinate the crops for about a third of the foods we eat, and produce honey and other products. The colonial social structure of bees allows us to observe, study and manage them in a way that is beneficial to us, to them, and to nature. These courses will provide the information, experience, and confidence you need to succeed as a backyard beekeeper.

CCAT students in vegetable gardenCCAT Sustainable Living Courses

The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) is pleased to offer these courses in sustainable living through the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement.


Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics logoLeave No Trace Trainer Certificate

With Genevieve Marchand

Build new friendships, enjoy a beautiful place, and expand your knowledge and skills in the outdoors as you master “Leave No Trace” techniques that will help you, your friends and family enjoy the outdoors while making the smallest impact possible.

This course includes an evening of classroom instruction followed by an overnight camping trip in a local state park. People who have not camped before are encouraged to participate -- we can most likely find equipment for you to borrow or rent. Be ready to learn, stay open to new ideas, and have fun!

Wed., May 2: 6-8:30 p.m. • Sat., May 5, 9 a.m.-Sun., May 6, 4 p.m.
HSU Campus: Kinesiology Building, Room 106
$100 • Class # 27043: REGISTER ONLINE
HSU Students: $85, Class # 27044: REGISTER ONLINE

Dr. Genevieve Marchand is a Leave No Trace Master Educator, who currently teaches outdoor recreation at Humboldt State University. She has over 20 years of leadership experience working with participants in various outdoor recreation and education settings.

Basic Wildland Firefighter Training

With Harold Reed

Get a summer job or a career with a natural resource agency. Learn prescribed buring for habitat and conservation management. Obtain national certification. this 5-day course is March 12-16, 2018. Learn more and register.

Language & Culture

Cherry blossom logoJapanese Language 101

With Mie Matsumoto

Learn introductory Japanese language, with an emphasis on Japanese culture, topics of everyday life, listening comprehension and speaking skills, and practice with a native speaker. In addition, students will enjoy an introduction to the Japanese writing system.

No class on April 11.

Wed., March 28-April 25 (no class April 11) • 6-8 p.m.
HSU Campus: Natural Resources 201
$85 • Class #: 27012: REGISTER ONLINE

Mie Matsumoto is a native Japanese speaker and has over 15 years experience teaching college level Japanese for HSU College of Extended Education & Global Engagement and College of the Redwoods. She has taught all levels and different age groups on a private basis. She is also experienced in commercial translation services in diverse industries.



The Studio School - Photo of young girl with ukuleleThe Studio School: Multimedia Circus!

With KT Garcia

The circus is coming to town! Tie-dye t-shirts, play musical instruments, design posters and fliers, and design a circus tent for a culminating circus carnival!

Sat., Feb. 3-March 24 • 10-11:30 a.m.
HSU Campus: Art Building, Room 23
$110 • Class #: 27174

Learn more at the Studio School website.


Humboldt Music Academy - photo of young children singingHumboldt Music Academy

Affordable group classes, performance ensembles, and individual instruction are available.

Group Classes: Singing Games, Musical Theater, Xylophonium

Performance Ensembles: Fiddlers, String Orchestra, Flute Choir, Jazz Ensemble

Registration day: Feb. 17 for Spring 2018 (March 10-May 13)

Learn more: Humboldt Music Academy website


Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop - Photo of string musicians and pianistSequoia Chamber Music Workshop

For young musicians, the Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop is a one-week total immersion in the world of chamber music.

June 18-24 • HSU Campus

Learn more: Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop website


HSUfit - Boy kicking ballHSUfit

Fitness, fun and friendship for children and youth with disabilities.

For more information, call Jayne McGuire: 707-826-3735

Fri., March 30-May 4
6-8 p.m. • HSU Campus


HSU invites the community

International Education Week logoInternational Education Week at HSU: Monday-Thursday, Feb. 5-9

The community is invited to learn about international issues and events. FREE ADMISSION!

  • Keynote speaker, featured lectures and presentations
  • Panel discussions on current events and globalization
  • Workshops on studying, working and living abroad
  • Food, fashion and fun from around the world

Optional 1 unit credit (CR/NC) is available through Open University, for $232. Credit is earned by attending a minimum of 15 hours of presentations Feb. 5-9. Register for the International Education Colloquium through one of the following:

  • Anthropology (ANTH 387, 22358)
  • Economics (ECON 387, 26428)
  • Geography (GEOG 387, 22345)
  • History (HIST 387, 22360)
  • International Studies (INTL 387, 22303)
  • Political Science (PS 387, 22359)

Mandatory meeting for those enrolled for academic credit: Wed., Jan. 22, 7 p.m., Library 209


Latino Film Festivalphoto of city20th Annual International Latino Film Festival

See three extraordinary films from Latin America. Open to the public.

Pay at the door, $5/film. Academic credit is available ($232).

Sponsored by Humboldt State University and College of the Redwoods.

Tues./Wed./Thurs., Feb. 27-March 1 • 6-10:20 p.m.
Mill Creek Cinema, McKinleyville


Social Justice Summit - Multicultural Center group photoSocial Justice Summit: Who Am I? Back to Our Roots

The HSU MultiCultural Center (MCC) presents the 25th annual Social Justice Summit. The event features multiple keynote presentations and workshops, film screenings, and discussions.

FREE and open to the public. One unit of optional credit is available ($232).

Learn more:

Thurs./Fri./Sat., March 1 - 3 • HSU Campus


California Big Time - Pileated Woodpecker with beads and map of CaliforniaCalifornia Big Time & Social Gathering

The 11th annual Big Time & Social Gathering – in honor of Native American tradition, culture, song and history – is an opportunity to strengthen and reinforce tribal identity. Dances, songs, games, resources, arts, crafts and more. Free to the public.

Learn more: 707-826-3672 or visit

Sat., April 7 • 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
HSU Campus: Forbes Complex, West Gym


Online Certificate Programs

Online Geospatial Certificate ProgramOnline Geospatial Certificate Program

Explore foundational concepts in GIS, remote sensing and cartography.

  • One year, five courses
  • 100% online
  • Outstanding faculty
  • Time commitment: 18 hours/week
  • $299/unit


  • Geospatial Concepts (GSP 101 3 units)
  • GIS (GSP 270 3 units)
  • Intermediate GIS (GSP 370 3 units)
  • Introduction to Remote Sensing (GSP 216 3 units)
  • Cartography (GSP 316 4 units)

New cohorts begin each January and August. Apply by July 15 for Fall 2018.

Learn more: Geospatial Online Certificate website


Exercise Nutrition Online CertificateExercise Nutrition Online Certificate

Explore the complex relationship between nutrition & exercise.

  • Four 8-week courses
  • 100% online
  • Earn a certificate in 10 months
  • Time commitment: 12-15 hours/week
  • $220/unit

Prerequisite: A college-level basic human nutrition course is the prerequisite for this program. HED 231 at HSU (available online) fulfills this requirement.


  • Nutrition for Athletic Performance (HED 342, 3 units)
  • Weight Control (HED 344, 3 units)
  • Optimal Bone & Muscle Development (HED 446, 3 units)
  • Pharmacology & Ergogenic Aids (KINS 447, 3 units)

Classes begin in January 2018.

Learn more: Exercise Nutrition Online Certificate website


Exercise Nutrition Online CertificateNew Designs for Fundraising Online Certificate

Small and mid-size nonprofits: transform your fundraising efforts.

  • Four affordable courses
  • 100% online
  • Earn 32 CFRE units, a certificate and credit
  • Time commitment: 4-5 hours/week
  • $250/course or $850 for the full series


  • Foundations for Fundraising
  • Tools for Annual Giving
  • Tools for Big Gifts
  • The People

Full series offered each spring and fall.

Learn more: New Designs for Fundraising website


Teacher and student in lecture hallOnline Certificate in Faculty Preparation

Teaching in Higher Education

  • Four 6-8-week courses
  • 100% online
  • Time commitment: 10 hours/week
  • Earn a certificate in 9 months
  • $220/unit


  • Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education (EDUC X507)
  • Student Centered Design (EDUC x508)
  • Instructional Planning & Pedagogical Practice (EDUC x509)
  • Teaching Practicum & Reflective Observation (EDUC x580)

Apply by July 31 for fall 2018.

Learn more: Online Certificate in Faculty Preparation website


Ecology & sustainable Tourism Online CertificateEcology & Sustainable Tourism Online Certificate

  • Three flexible online courses
  • Build skills in planning, site design, and marketing
  • Earn a certificate in one year
  • Optional academic credit
  • $350-$500/course


  • Introduction to Ecology & Sustainable Tourism
  • Issues of Sustainability & Responsibility
  • Ecotourism Project Implementation

Apply by July 31 for fall 2018.

Learn more: Online Certificate in Faculty Preparation website




Social Work Online MSW- Photo of two Native American women graduatesSocial Work Online MSW

Earn your MSW online and make a difference in your community.

  • Cohort model
  • Time commitment: 25+ hours/week
  • Prerequisites: Native American Peoples of America course and Statistics
  • Visit for complete admission requirements
  • Program tuition: $510/unit

Designed to decolonize mainstream social work education practices, the MSW program at HSU is rigorous, fully accredited and maintains an emphasis on working with Indigenous and rural communities.

Online MSW at a glance:

  • Apply to HSU via Cal State Apply by admissions deadline.
  • Apply Aug. 1-31 to the 3½-year part-time program to start classes in January.
  • Apply Oct. 1-Feb. 1 to the 2-year Advanced Standing part-time program to start classes in June.
  • Visit campus for 4 days each January for orientation, community building and skill development.
  • Live web sessions every Thursday night and weekly modules that you complete on your own schedule.

Learn more: Online Masters Degree in Social Work website

Leadership StudiesLeadership Studies Online Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

Finish your Bachelor's degree online.  

  • 100% online, cohort model
  • Career-relevant coursework
  • Personalized support from faculty
  • Fully accredited
  • $299/unit

Enter as an upper division transfer student and complete your Humboldt State University Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Leadership Studies.


  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Data Driven Leadership
  • Leadership Communication
  • Strategic Planning & Forecasting
  • Project Implementation/Evaluation
  • Managing Employees/Stakeholders
  • Strategic Sustainability
  • Technology & Leadership
  • Developing Dynamic Organizations
  • Capstone in Leadership

Apply now for Fall 2018.

Learn more at the Leadership Studies website.


Masters in Applied AnthropologyMasters in Applied Anthropology

Apply your interests to real-world issues.

  • Full-time and part-time options
  • Earn your degree in three to six semesters
  • Internship in your local area
  • Career-oriented and academically rigorous
  • $375/unit

Unique hybrid curriculum: on campus 10-day summer institute, then online core.


  • Anth 670: Intro to Applied Anthropology
  • Anth 671: Methods in Applied Anthropology
  • Anth 672: Theory in Applied Anthropology
  • Anth 673: Anthro Careers & Mgmt. Strategy
  • Anth 674: Research Project Design
  • Anth 682: Anthro Internship/Field Placement
  • Anth 678: Pro Seminar
  • Anth 690: Thesis

Apply by April 1 for summer 2018.


Online Classes & continuing ed for teachers

Native American drummerDecolonizing Social Work with Indigenous Communities

With Michelle Rainer

A general introduction to the history of native peoples of America and the unique and sovereign relationship between Tribal Nations and local, state and federal governments.

This class meets the online MSW program prerequisite for a Native American/Indigenous Studies course.

March 19-May 11 (8 weeks) • ONLINE
SW 420, 1.5 units • $330 • Class # 26737: REGISTER ONLINE

Michelle Rainer, LCSW, is the coordinator of the Pathway Project and Northern Region SERVE at Humboldt State University. This role involves developing relationships with 55 tribes and numerous tribal organizations throughout Northern California, and facilitating development of social work internships in tribal organizations. She previously worked in child welfare and adoptions for Santa Clara County, and was a clinician at United Indian Health Services. She has been teaching in social work at HSU since 2005, both in the undergraduate and graduate programs.


Redwood Writing Project logoInfusing Technology in the Writing Process

With August Deshais

Explore, practice, and reflect on new approaches to infusing technology in writing instruction. An online course for
preK-12 educators.

Learn more and register:

Feb. 26-May 4 (10 weeks) • ONLINE
$100 • Credit (optional, 1 unit): $80


CE Credits onlineCE Credits Online:

Online self-paced continuing education and professional development for teachers and administrators

Online courses are available in the following areas:


Graduate CreditCourses

Are you a teacher in need of graduate level credits for license renewal or salary advancement purposes? provides affordable, relevant and engaging online post-baccalaureate academic credit courses for teachers. The self-paced online courses are open for enrollment 365 days a year.

Teachers may enroll anytime and get started with each course instantly. Once a course is complete, you may register for credit anytime through the online registration portal at Humboldt State University.

Fees: $85/course. Additional $50/unit of academic credit
(Plus additional for official transcripts. See Official transcript ordering and payment information.

Courses available include:

  • What Great Teachers Do Differently
  • Bullying Prevention: Keeping Schools Safe 
  • ELL in the Classroom Refresher
  • Differentiated Instruction Refresher
  • Educational Psychology Refresher
  • Assessment and Testing Refresher
  • Teaching Methods Refresher
  • Dealing With Difficult Parents

See a complete list of courses and register at

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