The LGBT Studies Program prepares students pursuing careers in a
variety of fields that serve LGBTQ populations. This program supports
students currently earning certificates or degrees in child development,
education, criminal justice, human services, all health occupations, and
hospitality. The program also prepares students for transfer to colleges and
universities offering advanced degrees in LGBT Studies. The program offers this credit certificate as well as not for credit fee-based courses including classes supporting Safe Space programs at high schools, colleges and universities.
The interdisciplinary nature of the program and its attention to
diversity and inclusivity in occupations that serve the public, provides valuable
career training for future and incumbent teachers who are required to deliver
curriculum required by California's Fair and Inclusive Education Act; prepares
those entering or currently serving in the variety of health occupations and criminal
justice positions with necessary information to better serve patients and the
public; uniquely prepares those entering skilled technical careers with
information and tools to work within a diverse group of colleagues. Furthermore,
it is ideal for anyone interested in working for non-profit organizations
related to the LGBT community.
Program Learning Outcomes
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The LGBT Studies Program has three LGBT focused courses that, together with the other required courses, serve as the foundation for the program. The elective courses allow students to explore more closely LGBT topics of interest. The three LGBT focused courses are scheduled in the recommended sequence beginning in the fall semester of each year.
To learn more about each of these courses, use the links at the bottom right of this page.
Required Courses (12 Units)
LGBT-120 Introduction to LGBT StudiesLGBT-121 21st Century Issues and ActivismANTH-150 Sex & Gender Cross-Cultural PerspectivePSYC-135 Human Sexuality
Electives (6 Units)
LGBT-190 Service Learning/InternshipCFS-140 The Child, Family and CommunityPSYC-125 Human DevelopmentPHIL-137 Comparative ReligionsHUMA-186/Film-110 Culture and Gender In FilmCOUN-124 Working With Diverse Populations
Students may enter the LGBT Studies Certificate Program at any time. Students who are new to the college must complete an application for admission. We highly recommend that all new students meet with a counselor to develop and Education Plan. Students already admitted to Napa Valley College can simply enroll in one of the courses using the regular course registration process. We recommend starting this certificate program by enrolling in LGBT-120. This course meets the Napa Valley College general education degree requirements for social and behavioral science and multicultural/gender studies. LGBT-120 and LGBT-121 are transferable to the CSU and UC systems and meet the Gender Studies requirement.
A two-year degree in LGBT Studies is now available from City College of San Francisco. A four-year degree in LGBT Studies is available at San Diego State University. Sonoma State University offers a minor in Queer Studies. The LGBT-120 course qualifies for transfer to all of these programs. Other required courses and the electives may qualify for transfer or elective credit.
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