Placed-Based Learning Communities

Photos of students from various learning communities

Exploring a specific theme through multidisciplinary courses, making connections, and gaining a sense of belonging are at the heart of these year-long learning communities. If you take part in one, you’ll participate in hands-on activities with your peers before classes even start and in some cases, have the opportunity to live in the same residence halls with your peers. You'll get to register for classes with seats reserved for PBLC students to help you snag a spot in first-year classes that count toward your degree. With the support of a built-in network of faculty and student mentors, you will learn to navigate college life, all while making new friends and being more prepared for your future studies at Cal Poly Humboldt.

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Among Giants

Focus: Biological Sciences

Eligibility: Biology, Botany, Zoology

Students explore the biodiversity of coastal redwood forests and prairies– sampling microbes, identifying plants, and detecting cryptic mammals– and learn how the Wiyot and Yurok tribes have interacted with these species and ecosystems since time immemorial.

Baduwa’t to Bay

Focus: Engineering

Eligibility: Environmental Resources Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Energy Systems Engineering

Students are introduced to engineering design within the Baduwa’t (Mad River) Watershed. Students explore water quality, river restoration, renewable energy and other local design solutions addressing global issues.

Creando Raíces

Focus: Community Organizing, Education, Ethnic Studies

Eligibility: Kinesiology, Social Work, and Psychology

Join Cal Poly Humboldt’s movement for Ethnic Studies! Students will learn ways to bring issues from their classes into every aspect of the real world. Each course builds and expands upon what you already know and believe — your roots— while deepening your appreciation and awareness of justice, liberation, and gain career development opportunities along the way! 

Creative Coasts

Focus: Art

Eligibility: Art Education, Art History, and Studio Art

Students are introduced to art resources on campus and in the wider Humboldt community including public art, galleries, museums and local arts non-profits through field trips and hands-on learning opportunities. Students are offered guaranteed enrollment in studio art and art history classes.

Educators for Social Justice

Focus: Education, Teaching

Eligibility: Liberal Studies Elementary Education (LSEE) and Child Development

Students will discover how learning about issues of education and social justice today, can shape our futures tomorrow. All of our handpicked instructors believe in the same goal: making the schooling experience equitable and empowering for all students. Learn from amazing educators who want to support you in becoming one and gain career development opportunities along the way!

Global Humboldt

Focus: Interdisciplinary introduction to the world

Eligibility: Undeclared

Global Humboldt is for any first year students who are still figuring out what their major will be. This “globally” themed learning community offers you an interdisciplinary introduction to that world. 

Green to Gold

Focus: Business

Eligibility: Business

​​Create relationships in a cohort environment focused on the global green revolution that seeks to balance the needs of people, planet, and profits. Embark on an exciting adventure with your classmates to create a more sustainable future and gain career development opportunities along the way. 

Klamath Connection

Focus: Natural Resources

Eligibility: Fire Science, Fisheries Biology, Forestry, Environmental Science and Management, Rangeland Resource Science, and Wildlife majors

Students explore environmental and social justice issues associated with the region, including conflicts over water rights, natural resource conservation, and issues affecting Yurok and Karuk communities.

Representing Realities

Focus: Data Sciences

Eligibility: Mathematics, Computer Science, Data Science, Geospatial, and Software Engineering

Students explore a variety of concepts to help to understand and represent the world around us and all of our different realities -- and to use these to better solve problems.

Rising Tides

Focus: Marine Sciences

Eligibility: Marine Biology , Oceanography

Students will compare both the cultures and marine life in Humboldt & Trinidad Bays! These two marine environments allow students to explore how the Wiyot Tribe and Trinidad Rancheria have interacted with these ecosystems alongside social and environmental policy in both areas.

Stars to Rocks

Focus: Physical Sciences

Eligibility: Chemistry, Geology, Physical Science, and Physics & Astronomy

Students explore the interdisciplinary nature of their majors, and how they can not become an expert in one without understanding the others. Physics describes the forces acting in our universe, shaping the chemical reactions that form the geological matter of our planet. 

Students for Violence Prevention

Focus: Violence Prevention, Social Justice

Eligibility: Any major, (application required)

Students for Violence Prevention is a themed learning community for incoming first-year students who want to create a culture of non-violence. It is for students who want to be part of a small community of other first-year students who take classes together, explore shared interests, and participate in service, activism and culture change.