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Outdoor opportunities include birdwatching and OLLI fieldtrip classes.

SPRING 2014 Extension courses & programs







online certificate programs

ONLINE professional development


OLLI - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Courses for those aged 50 and over. See the website for details and current classes.


  Creative Arts

Storytelling Seminar:
Speaking with Art & Imagination

Stories exist everywhere – as do pebbles, as do stars. Hope and justice are the reasons for stories. Storytellers speak of love, of glory, and we listen faithfully through our tears. Imagination carries our stories from fire to fire, from nation to nation.

This dynamic storytelling seminar is intended for teachers, parents and grandparents, public speakers and performance artists.

Learn to deliver the brief, effective story to highlight a public speech. Watch the face of your child or grandchild as you tell stories from your own childhood. Use the powerful tool of storytelling in the classroom to illustrate study units, modify classroom conduct and to help students see and achieve personal goals.

All aspects of storytelling, public speaking and oral theater performance will be practiced and the paths to mastery will be respectfully indicated.

Learn to honor the discipline of storytelling. Experience your own powerful imagination. Give the gift of performance. Be a storyteller.

date .......... Sat., April 5-19

time .......... 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

fee .......... $45

place .......... Founders Hall 232

instr .......... Jesse Austin

course.......... EENC X027, 27659: REGISTER NOW

Jesse Austin has published children’s stories, written a weekly script for a radio show, has written and performed numerous solo performances and presented hundreds of workshops on writing and creativity all over the West for more than 20 years. He has also performed, published and made writing workshop presentations in New Zealand.

Textiles in Archaeology, Culture & History

The production of textiles has been part of human development for thousands of years. This class is an introduction to the historical, archaeological and cultural significance of the development and evolution of textiles. We will look at textile technologies throughout Europe and the Mid-East.

Students will learn about the creation of textiles from beginning to end product, and will use the tools found in the archaeological record, including a warp weighted loom and back strap loom, to produce samples of extant textiles.


instr .......... Barbara Klessig

Barbara Klessig has been weaving for 25 years. During a visit to Denmark and viewing a 2,000 year old dress, she realized that she wanted to be there when they found another one. She received her B.A. in anthropology/archaeology from HSU, is currently a graduate student in the HSU Environment and Community Program and is an archaeologist specializing in textiles and fiber perishables of Europe and the Mid-East. Her research has taken her to many museums and sites around Europe.

The Studio School

A distinctive visual arts program for youth!

SPRING CLASSES: Feb. 8-March 29, 2014


Humboldt Music Academy

MUSIC CLASSES FOR AGES 2-18: March 15-May 18


   Language & Culture

Introduction to Japanese

Learn basic Japanese grammar structure and vocabulary. Develop conversational skills that enable students to use the language in a variety of practical situations. Japanese culture and customs are also introduced in given topics.

The recommended textbooks, Japanese for Busy People (revised 3rd edition, Kana version) and Kana Workbook are available at HSU Bookstore or online.


instr .......... Mie Matsumoto

Mie Matsumoto is a native Japanese speaker and has over 15 years in teaching college level Japanese. She has taught classes for HSU Extended Education 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 and services in diverse industries.


Tell Me More®: Interactive Online Language Learning

Have you always wanted to learn another language? Or would you like to practice and increase your skills in a language you have already learned?

Award-winning Tell Me More® delivers an engaging and innovative learning experience.

Enjoy language learning in a lab, in class, at home, or anywhere else there is an internet connection, at your own pace, and take advantage of language learning with business and career specific supplemental content.

German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and English as a Second Language (ESL) are all available to learn online.

For semester-long access, register now. (Students registering for 1 unit of credit are required to meet time/progress benchmarks.)

Noncredit: EENC X075 (27671) .......... $75

Credit (1 unit, 27697) .......... $232: See options below:

  • Italian, Dutch, English, ESL: Levels 1, 2, 3 or 4: .......... WLC 110
  • French Levels 1, 2, 3 or 4: .......... FREN 110
  • Spanish Levels 1, 2, 3 or 4: .......... SPAN 110
  • German Levels 1, 2, 3 or 4: .......... GERM 110

To register for credit, call 707-826-3731


Latino Film Festival Seminar

Join us for the 16th annual International Film Festival to watch three extraordinary films from Chile. The seminar features guest lecturer Dr. Leah H. Kemp from University of Southern California, who will introduce the films and join panelists following each viewing for a discussion.

All films will be shown in Spanish with English subtitles. Credit is contingent upon registration and the completion of an additional assignment.

Non-credit attendance welcome (pay at the door). $6 per film, students/seniors; $10 for all others.

Call the College of eLearning & Extended Education at 826-3731 to register for credit.

date .......... Tues./Wed./Thurs., March 4, 5, and 6

time .......... 6-10:20 p.m.

place .......... Minor Theater, 1001 H St., Arcata

fee .......... $232 (includes credit [CR/NC] and admission to films)

instr .......... Julie Raich

course .......... Latino Film Seminar (choose one option):
                      SPAN 396, 1 unit, 26714: REGISTER FOR CREDIT
                      ES 396, 1 unit, 26916: REGISTER FOR CREDIT
                      HIST 396, 1 unit, 26917: REGISTER FOR CREDIT

Instructor Julie Raich teaches Spanish for the HSU Dept. of World Languages and Cultures.


Campus & community members are invited to the

International Cultural Festival - Saturday, February 23, 2013

Begins at 1 p.m., HSU University Center
HSU University Center

Enjoy art, dancing, music, displays and friendship in this annual festival of culture from around the world.

Are you interested in representing a country/culture?

Visit the International Cultural Festival website

or call the College of eLearning & Extended Education: (707) 826-3731


   Professional Development

Managing Change: Leading the Team

with Janet Ruprecht

This series is for middle managers. Whether you embrace change or dread it, change is inevitable. Managers, supervisors, and team leaders often discover they are responsible for implementing change they didn’t ask for. These classes will help you understand the perfectly natural resistance to change, and provide insights and tools to lead the team forward. The focus is on team dynamics, problem solving, and making collaborative decisions. These workshops may be taken as a series or individually.


Wildland Firefighter Training

Mon.-Fri., March 17-21

Are you looking for a summer job or a career with a natural resource agency? Will your career include prescribed burning for habitat and conservation management? Do you want to improve your wildland fire knowledge and obtain national certification?

This training is part of the wildland and prescribed fire qualifications system used by all federal agencies (such as the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land management, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs or U.S. Fish and Wildlife) and many state and private wildland and prescribed fire management agencies.

Microsoft Access Basics

Make it your goal to become a successful organizer and manager of information. This class will demonstrate the basic tools available in Microsoft Access, a database program.

Learn about information storage, techniques to ask questions about your data, and options to display the answers in well-organized reports.

Whether you need to have facts and statistics about people, places or things, explore Access database options for managing your data.


Joan Dvorak has taught adult professional development classes in Excel for more than 10 years. At Fortuna High School, Joan helped teachers and students utilize Microsoft Office programs for more than 15 years.

Microsoft Excel Basics

Worksheet design, formulas and functions, charts, saving and printing worksheets and workbooks, these are the basic features of Microsoft Excel.

Create, name, and save workbooks. Design worksheets that utilize relative and absolute formulas and functions such as Sum, Average, Max, Min and Count. Also compare how chart types communicate different interpretations of data, and use shapes and WordArt to enhance charts.

Come learn the basics or expand your knowledge with new tips and techniques.

date .......... Mon, Feb. 24-March 17

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... $75

place .......... Humboldt County Office of Education, Louis Bucher Resource Center, 901 Myrtle Ave., Eureka

instr .......... Joan Dvorak

course .......... EENC X019, 27616: REGISTER NOW

Joan Dvorak has taught adult professional development classes in Excel for more than 10 years. At Fortuna High School, Joan helped teachers and students utilize Microsoft Office programs for more than 15 years.

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

Go beyond the basics and explore powerful tools available to an intermediate user of Microsoft Excel.

Evaluate worksheet design and practice Excel analysis tools such as AutoFilter, PivotTables, and advanced formulas and functions. Participants will analyze data lists utilizing sorting, filtering, subtotals.

As time permits, formulas and functions such as If, CountIf, SumIf and Vlookup and what-if analysis and data validation will be presented.

date .......... Mon, March 24-April 14

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... $75

place .......... Humboldt County Office of Education, Louis Bucher Resource Center, 901 Myrtle Ave., Eureka

instr .......... Joan Dvorak

course .......... EENC X019, 27617: REGISTER NOW

Joan Dvorak has taught adult professional development classes in Excel for more than 10 years. At Fortuna High School, Joan helped teachers and students utilize Microsoft Office programs for more than 15 years.

Introduction to the Healing Arts of Emei Qigong

Emei Qigong was developed in China in 1227 A.D. by an enlightened monk. This system was devoted to maintaining excellent health and treating diseases, while striving to attain the goal of enlightenment. Until recently, Emei Qigong was only practiced by monks.

Emei Qigong combines conscious exercising methods allowing one to reach an optimal physical, mental and emotional state.
Through movement, meditation and lecture, you will learn the basic concepts of Qigong and Yin-Yang. Experience Qi in your body and enhance the power of your energy fields. Begin to understand the causes of illness and learn how to prevent illnesses that energy healers often pick up from working on their clients. Learn how to harmonize your heart and other organs with internal massage from healing sounds. Learn six rules for effective healing and discover how to be balanced, content and happy.

The Xiang-Tan City Bureau of Senior Cadres and Health Dept. surveyed the health care spending from 1992-95 of 500 government officials, mostly retirees between 50 and 70 years old, who practiced Qigong on a regular basis. Instead of the increased spending typically seen in this age group, their annual medical costs were decreased by 83% on average, and 232 (46%) reported no medical costs at all (study mentioned in the book, Chinese Medical Qigong).

Registration by Jan. 31 strongly recommended.

date .......... Tues., Feb. 4-March 11

time .......... 7-8:30 p.m.

fee .......... $55

place .......... Harry Griffith Hall 225

instr .......... John Yamas

course .......... EENC X036, 27669: REGISTER NOW

John Yamas has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and a M.Ed. in guidance and counseling psychology from University of Hawaii. He has a certificate in Oriental medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. John became a California licensed acupuncturist in 1986 and earned his doctorate from SAMRA College of Oriental Medicine in 1988. He started his Arcata practice in 1988. He has studied Qigong since 1995. John completed the teacher training for the healing arts of Emei Qigong in Emei, China in 2006.


Adobe Creative Suite 6:
Introductory and Certificate Courses


How to Prepare for the GRE: Sat., Feb. 1-22, 2014

Learn how to effectively prepare to take the math and verbal sections of the GRE. You’ll learn techniques for studying and strategies to attack all types of GRE questions – including algebra, analytical writing and more.



Announcing the annual

Social Justice Summit

Fri.-Sat., March 7 & 8, 2014

Humboldt State University University Center

Fri., 5-9 p.m. & Sat., 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

The HSU MultiCultural Center (MCC) will present the annual Social Justice Summit which will include a keynote presentation, workshops, film screenings, and discussions.Topics will include art and activism, immigration reform, supporting undocumented and AB540 students, social justice movements: past present and future, and more.

Students (HSU, CR, high school): Free
Faculty/Staff/Community Member: $25
Non-Profits: $20 per person

Conference fee includes continental breakfast and conference materials.

One unit of optional credit is available for an additional fee of $232:

Ethnic Studies, ES 480 (21266) OR
Women’s Studies, WS 480 (21084)

To register: Call the HSU College of eLearning & Extended Education: (707) 826-3731

For content information, contact
Marylyn Paik-Nicely, HSU MultiCultural Center: (707) 826-3367



Culturally Relevant Outdoor Education

A Hands-On Teaching Opportunity for HSU Education Students!

Offered by HSU College of eLearning & Extended Education in participation with the Discovery Museum

What: A three-week, six-hour seminar/training on culturally relevant inquiry-based pedagogy. In addition to the pedagogical theories, you will be trained in three lessons that are based on the new Next Generation Science Standards (K-2, 3-5, and 6-8).

Why: Once you complete the training, you will be part of a pool of teachers who are eligible to teach three-hour field trips in hands-on outdoor education in Freshwater. You will lead groups of up to 10-12 students, in grades K-8, who come from local elementary schools.

When: Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Feb. 20-March 6. Field trips will be held Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9-12 a.m., from March 12-May 9, excluding the HSU spring break. The need for teachers for these trips is based upon enrollment from local schools.

Where: The first two sessions will be held at HSU (Harry Griffith Hall, room 217), and the third will be held at the camp in Freshwater.

What You Get: You will have a chance to meet and network with local teachers, receive a $25/day stipend from the Discovery Museum, receive training in culturally relevant teaching and inquiry-based learning, and become familiar with the recently adopted NGSS. Once you have completed the training, you will be eligible not just for the current semester, but indefinitely. (Attendance at third day of future trainings may be required to update you on changes made to the curriculum.)

Cost: The cost for this training is $50 per student. Please note that this can be easily made back by teaching for two field trips.

How to Register:
Stop by College of eLearning & Extended Education in the Student & Business Services Bldg. (second floor), 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Or call 707-826-3731 (Visa, MC or Discover)


Organic Gardening From the Backyard to the Kitchen Table

Gain knowledge and confidence for a lifetime of successful food gardening. Learn how to start and maintain a productive organic garden, find out about plant and soil theory for gardeners, and discover practices and timelines that are specific to our climate.

Learn about making garden beds, working with soil, and how to do composting. Learn how to sow cover crops and about maintenance of soil fertility and planning for year-round harvests. Learn how to successfully manage pests and keep your plants healthy, how to grow perennial fruits, coastal tomatoes and more. This course will culminate in a visit to a local vegetable garden and a chance to get your hands dirty and discover your green thumb!

Textbook: The Humboldt Kitchen Gardener: A Concise Guide to Raising Organic Vegetables and Fruits in the Greater Humboldt Region is provided in class for a materials and supplies fee (MSF) of $12. Couples can share the text and pay one MSF. If you already have the text, tell the registration staff and you won’t be required to pay the MSF.

This course includes a field trip. All participants are required to complete a Release of Liability form. See field trip information.

date .......... Tues., Feb. 11-March 11 plus Sun. March 16

time .......... Tues. 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

fee .......... $50, plus $12 materials fee

place .......... Behavioral & Social Sciences Bldg. 211

instr .......... Eddie Tanner

course .......... EENC X022, 27619 with materials: REGISTER NOW
                      EENC X022, 27620 without materials: REGISTER NOW

Eddie Tanner has been farming and gardening professionally on the North Coast for the past decade. He was an instructor of community agriculture at HSU and leads gardening and composting workshops. Eddie has recently authored the textbook for this course.


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Practical Beekeeping: Beginning & Advanced

Ethnobotany - ANTH 485 - 2 units (CR/NC)

A weekend course on the Klamath River
with Karuk herbalists and indigenous basket weavers.

May 2-4, 2014

Instructors: Leslie VanderMolen & Frank Lake

Course fee: EENC X011 (27709): $230
Optional 1 unit of credit: ANTH 485 (27110) or EMP 480 (27711): $50 additional


VISIT THE ETHNOBOTANY WEBSITE for application forms and more details




Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology

A rigorous yet flexible degree program focused on building rewarding, relevant, competitive, marketable skills. Graduates will be in a position to confidently apply anthropological perspectives, theories and methods to a variety of careers in today’s academic, non-academic and increasingly global job market.

The program begins with a five-week (5-unit) Summer Institute held on the HSU campus, where students build camaraderie and receive rigorous hands-on methods training. They’ll work with resources including the archaeology and biological anthropology laboratories, cultural, artifact and skeletal collections, and a simulated archaeological site.

After the Summer Institute, students undertake 30 units of online coursework (three 10-unit semesters) or part-time (six 4- to 6-unit semesters). Students will gain additional practical experience through an applied internship, and are guided through the thesis project.

Core Courses

  • Anth 670: Intro to Applied Anthropology
  • Anth 671: Methods in Applied Anthropology
  • Anth 678: Proseminar
  • Anth 672: Theory in Applied Anthropology
  • Anth 673: Anthropology in Practice
  • Anth 674: Project Design & Management
  • Anth 675: Applied Anth Field Placement
  • Anth 690: Thesis

Program tuition is priced at $375 per unit.

LEARN MORE AT THE MA in Applied Anthropology WEBSITE

Social Work: Online BASW & MSW Degree Program

Who Should Apply?

It doesn’t matter where you live or work, you can still earn your B.A. or MSW online from Humboldt State University. These online programs are designed for professionals already working in the field as well as first-time college students. Applicants from diverse backgrounds are welcomed, including those with personal experience of engaging in public mental health services. Students should be able to log on for the live Monday night web sessions, visit campus as required for their program, and be able to dedicate 25 hours a week to the part-time program and 40 hours a week to a full-time program.

What Should I Expect?

  • To engage with professors and fellow students through the use of live webcasts, chats, web tours, small group discussions, shared projects and virtual role plays.
  • Live web sessions every Monday night and weekly modules that you complete on your own schedule.
  • To have the support of a regionally-placed mentor and community of learners.
  • You’ll need basic e-mail and word processing skills, high-speed internet access, a Web cam, a headset with a microphone and a computer that is less than 3 years old.

Online B.A. at a Glance:

  • Apply to the CSU by the admission deadline to start classes in August.
  • 2- or 3-year academic plans available.
  • Visit campus for orientation in August and Practice Intensive in January.
  • This is a degree completion program.

Online MSW at a Glance:

  • Apply by August 31 to start classes in January for the 3-1/2 year program.
  • If you already have your BASW/BSW from a CSWE-accredited program, you are eligible to apply to the 2-year advance standing program. Apply by January 31 to start classes and orientation in June.
  • Visit campus for 4 days each January for intensives, community building and skill development.

Admission Requirements:

For the MSW, you may meet the Native American Peoples of America course prerequisite by enrolling in SW 420, Decolonizing Social Work with Indigenous Communities and earning a C grade or better in the class.

Fees are $510 per unit (subject to change).

More information:

Leadership Studies
Online Bachelor's Degree Completion Program
Starting FALL 2014

The College of eLearning and Extended Education at Humboldt State University is pleased to offer this online degree completion program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an option in Leadership Studies.

See the Leadership Studies Online Bachelor's Degree Completion Program website for details!




A NEW ONLINE PROGRAM starting Spring 2014

This 12-unit online interdisciplinary certificate program provides an introduction to the field of institutional research. It is for those pursuing or starting a career in institutional research and also for students and entry-level career professionals interested in exploring the discipline of institutional research.

Three 4-unit online courses are included in the Certificate:

  • PSYC 550: Introduction to Institutional Research
    Overview of the field of institutional research, planning and assessment and data analysis

  • PSYC 551: Applied Research in Higher Education
    Quantitative and qualitative research methods to analyze institutional databases and assess university outcomes

  • PSYC 552: Diversity Research in Institutional Research
    Primary research in a university/institutional setting with required Institutional Review Board procedures, quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistical tools

The Certificate Program also includes three units of internship in an Institutional Research Office.

Visit the website for further details

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ONLINE Certificate program

Exercise Nutrition

Online Certificate Program (12 units)

Do you wish to pursue teaching in community colleges and universities, or enhance your teaching career?

Teaching in Higher Education

An Online Certificate Program through HSU College of eLearning & Extended Education

This three-semester, 12-unit ONLINE certificate program
introduces prospective and current faculty to the teaching,
learning and technology issues in the college classroom. Starts fall 2014.



CE Credits Online
Online courses for educators

Decolonizing Social Work with Indigenous Communities

This course is for current social workers and members of the community who work with indigenous communities.

This course also meets the online MSW program prerequisite for a Native American/Indigenous Studies course (see Social Work Online BA and MSW).

This course includes 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.

date .......... Jan. 21-March 14 (8 weeks)

place .......... Online

fee .......... $330

instr .......... Serenity Bowen

course .......... SW 420, 1.5 units: Registration is closed for this class as of 5 p.m., Jan. 16.

Serenity Bowen is a licensed clinical social worker with varied experience providing outreach, therapy, and crisis intervention in state, county and nonprofit organizations. In addition to her position as a lecturer on campus, she also has a private therapy practice in Arcata. She is a graduate of the Social Work program at Humboldt State University, and earned her MSW from the University of California, Berkeley, with an emphasis in Native American Studies and Children and Families.

Google Apps: Get Your Head in the Cloud


We need software solutions that promote collaboration and creativity — to help solve real world problems and bring people closer together.

Google Apps offers solutions to your business and education challenges. Join the 40+ million Google users worldwide and discover cloud computing at its best.

Do you have experience with Microsoft Office or another productivity suite? Transfer your software skills to the powerful Google platform. Access your files from anywhere, using mobile devices, or any computer.

This six-week online course will focus on Google Apps including Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, YouTube and Sites. Each week you will complete a hands-on project based on one of the apps and will lead to the final assignment: a custom-built website using Google Sites.

In this class you will learn by doing. Introduce yourself to the world of Google possibilities!

Course Requirements: Internet access, Google Chrome browser (free download) and a Google Account (free).

instr .......... Jim Stemach


Instructor Jim Stemach has helped students understand new technologies and software applications for over 20 years. Jim has taught professional development courses to national audiences, and currently teaches at College of the Redwoods and works at Humboldt State University.

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Study Abroad Opportunities:

See study abroad opportunities in Belize, China/Tibet, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Poland on the EDventures page.





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