Anthropology: AA-T Degree

The mission of the Napa Valley College Anthropology Department is to provide students and the wider community with holistic, comparative knowledge about human biological and cultural diversity as derived from scientific and humanistic anthropological research. The Anthropology curriculum provides a strong behavioral sciences foundation applicable to many undergraduate programs, and prepares students for a broad range of public and private sector employment.

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Students will be able to understand and apply cultural relativism; they will be able to convey an understanding of multiple cultural perspectives.
  2. Students will demonstrate a core knowledge base in anthropology appreciating and reflecting on human diversity in the past and present.
  3. Students will integrate their knowledge of anthropological concepts and methods to creatively and ethically define, interrogate, and solve real-world multi-scalar human problems.
  4. Students will be able to articulate key concepts, evidence, and watershed moments in the history of human evolution and demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities toward that end.
  5. Students will be able to critically assess the important roles that the past and the present play in informing current anthropological research.
  6. Students will apply intersectional/equity-based approaches to understanding social change, including how such approaches affect the implications and possibilities of anthropological research.
Degree Requirements
Required Courses (10 units)
ANTH-120Biological Anthropology4
ANTH-121Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH-130Introduction to Archaeology3
Required Electives: List A (3 units)
Complete one of the following courses:3
Linguistic Anthropology
Required Electives: List B (3-5 units)
Select one or two courses from the following or any course from List A not already used:3-5
Research Methods in Psychology
Introduction to Social Research
Human Anatomy
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
Earth Science
Restricted Electives: List C (3 units)
Select one course from the following or any course from List A or B not already used:3-4
Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion
Mesoamerican Archaeology
Medical Anthropology
Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality
The Anthropology of Childhood
Field Studies in Anthropology
Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Africana Studies
History of American Women 1600-1900
History of American Women Since 1900
Introduction to Latin American Studies
Women's Ethnic Heritage
Introduction to Lgbt Studies in the Family, Education and Community
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Total Units19-22

To receive an Associate Degree for Transfer, students must complete 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0, and either the California State University General Education (CSU-GE) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern. Consultation with a Counselor is highly encouraged to ensure all requirements are met.