The Napa Valley College Anthropology Program provides students and the wider community with holistic, comparative knowledge about human biological and cultural diversity as derived from anthropological research. The Anthropology curriculum adopts the “four-field” pedagogical approach to introduce students to Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology, and Archaeology, as well as elective courses to help students refine their educational goals. As such, the AA-T degree in Anthropology offers a strong behavioral sciences foundation in theory and method, is applicable to many undergraduate programs, and prepares students for a broad range of public and private sector employment.
A central goal of the Anthropology Program is the application of knowledge to solve human problems on both local and global scales of influence. To this end, students are expected to leave the program with an intellectual toolkit for exploring the environmental, biological, and cultural dimensions of human change using a solutions-oriented mindset. Anthropology faculty are committed to creating safe academic and professional environments that are engaging, challenging, inclusive spaces that inspire respectful dialogue and welcome diverse ideas in pursuit of these goals.
Anthropologists are employed in a number of different government agencies, private businesses, community organizations, museums, service organizations, and technology and media sectors. Many work for agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank. More than half of all anthropologists do work that evaluates policies, develops educational programs, or provides health services. You will find anthropologists addressing consequences of natural disasters, equitable access to resources, social justice, and human rights. Anthropologists also contribute significantly to interdisciplinary career fields such as forensic science, human factors and design, ergonomics and engineering, international studies, and ethnic and gender studies.
There are hundreds of career and educational options for anthropology majors. The careers below represent only a portion of the opportunities available with a degree in anthropology: Educator; Researcher; Administrator; Forensic Scientist; Primatologist; Archaeologist; Cultural Anthropologist; Community Organizer; International Business; Medical Research; Park Ranger; Public Health Administration; Disaster Relief; Genetic Counseling; Social Services Employment; Non-Profit Administration; Political Scientist; Government Employment; Linguist; Program Evaluator; Ethnobotanist; Museum/Gallery Curator; Lawyer; Research Manager; Resource Development Professional; Diplomat; Historian/Genealogist; Cultural Resource Manager; Documentary Filmmaker.
Arts and Humanities
Phone: (707) 256-7500
Robert Van Der Velde
Senior Dean, Arts and Sciences
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Phone: (707) 256-7768
Jessica V. Amato, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator, Anthropology
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Phone: (707) 256-7413
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 social sciences foundation applicable to many undergraduate programs, and prepares students for a broad range of public and private sector employment.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Students will be able to understand and apply cultural relativism; they will be able to convey an understanding of multiple cultural perspectives.
- Students will demonstrate a core knowledge base in anthropology appreciating and reflecting on human diversity in the past and present.
- Students will integrate their knowledge of anthropological concepts and methods to creatively and ethically define, interrogate, and solve real-world multi-scalar human problems.
- 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.
- Students will be able to critically assess the important roles that the past and the present play in informing current anthropological research.
- Students will apply intersectional/equity-based approaches to understanding social change, including how such approaches affect the implications and possibilities of anthropological research.
|Required Courses (9 units)|
|ANTH-121||Introduction to Cultural Anthropology||3|
|ANTH-130||Introduction to Archaeology||3|
|Required Electives: List A (3 units)|
|Complete one of the following courses:||3|
|Introduction to 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|
and Physical Geology Laboratory
|Restricted Electives: List C (3 units)|
|Select one course from the following or any course from List A or B not already used:||3|
|Biological Anthropology Laboratory|
|Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion|
|Anthropology of Sex, Gender and Sexuality|
|The Anthropology of Childhood|
|History of American Women 1600-1900|
|History of American Women Since 1900|
|Introduction to Africana Studies|
|Introduction to Mex-American and Chicana(o) Studies|
|Introduction to Latin American Studies|
|Women's Ethnic Heritage|
|Introduction to Lgbt Studies in the Family, Education and Community|
|Introduction to Sociology|
|Sociology of Sex and Gender|
|Sociology of Race & Ethnicity|
|Sociology of Crime|
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.