Imagine your freshmen year at Cal Poly Humboldt:

Did you know that Humboldt County is home to more artists per capita than any other county in California? Explore and learn about the arts in Humboldt through Creative Coast, a PBLC that aims to build community among students who are majoring in the visual arts. Students in Creative Coast will collectively take art and history classes, fulfilling courses for their major while also connecting with students in their major. 

Extending beyond the classroom, students will experience the arts by touring community murals, meeting with local artists, and attending arts events like Arts Alive. Creative Coast will also take advantage of the university’s rich museum and gallery resources, by encouraging students to study in spaces such as the Goudi’ni Native American Arts Gallery, Reese Bullen Gallery, and Natural History Museum. In addition to learning about programs available in the Art + Film Department, students will be connected with important resources across campus.

What you get from Creative Coast

  • Classes That Count. Enroll in program-specific sections of major and general education (GE) courses. These courses will demonstrate the link between your major and relate to the place where you are choosing to live and study for the next four years.
  • Instant Connections. Join a community of first-year students who are engaged and excited about visual arts! 
  • Hands-on Learning. Gain practical experience through field trips and visual art projects.
  • Support Network From Day One. Work closely with professors, peer mentors, Humboldt staff, and professionals who will help you grow academically and personally.
  • Freshmen Experience Course. Take a GE course that covers college basics (such as campus resources and study habits) and what it means to be a student at Cal Poly Humboldt.
  • Native American Studies. Take a 3-unit GE course that expands the way you see the world and exposes you to Indigenous knowledge systems and values.
  • Humboldt Immersion. Begin your semester exploring connections to the local region, as well as the local art community, a few days before the semester starts.




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