The Associates Degree in LGBT Education provides students with comprehensive study in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community issues related to the community, family and education. The degree also provides students with general education and supports students pursuing careers in health occupations, criminal justice, education, child development, human services, business, hospitality and any other career serving members of the LGBTQ community.
This degree program prepares students to work in variety of LGBTQ serving non-profit organizations, public services institutions and private business. Many of these organizations are requiring specialized training and knowledge related to sexual orientation and gender non-conforming minorities. It is especially designed to support educators who are charged with delivering curriculum associated with the Fair and Inclusive Education Act.
Program Learning Outcomes:
1. Explain the difference between sexual orientation and gender identity and define the terms people use to identify their sexual orientation and gender identity.
2. Identify the people and events that have influenced LGBT history and explain how they shaped the views of LGBT people in the family, education and community.
3. Explain how racial, cultural, and religious identities intersect with sexual orientation and gender identity within families, education and the community.
4. Discuss current issues faced by sexual orientation and gender non-conforming minorities in the family, education and community.
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Required Courses (18 Units)
LGBT-120 Introduction to LGBT Studies
LGBT-121 21st Century Issues and Activism
LGBT-122 Transgender Identities and Issues
LGBT-123 AIDS in the LGBT Community and Beyond
ANTH-150 Sex & Gender Cross-Cultural Perspective (SOCI-140 can substitute)
PSYC-135 Human Sexuality
Electives (6 Units)
LGBT-190 Service Learning/Internship
CFS-140 The Child, Family and Community
PSYC-125 Human Development
PHIL-137 Comparative Religions
HUMA-186/Film-110 Culture and Gender In Film
COUN-124 Working With Diverse Populations
The Degree requires 60 units including 24 units in the major plus general education.
Classes may be scheduled in a face-to-face, hybrid, or entirely online format. Below is a typical sequencing of classes. Students should consult the actual schedule of classes to determine which classes will actually be available during any given semester.
Valley College has partnered with City College of San Francisco (CCSF)
to offer additional electives for this program. Students may choose from over twenty different elective courses in LGBT Studies offered
by CCSF to fulfill the elective requirements for this degree
program. Many of the courses offered by CCSF are available online so
that students can take them without having to travel to the CCSF
campus. For a list of the approved courses, please contact the LGBT
Students may enter the LGBT Education Degree 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
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
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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