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Arts and Humanities


HUMA_dept_web_recolor.jpgThe mission of the Humanities (HUMA) Department is to equip students with the tools to critically examine the interplay between artistic, philosophical, historical, political, religious, and cultural issues as factors influencing humanity and the spectrum of human expression. The HUMA Department strives toward building and strengthening students’ understanding of cultures within and outside of the United States. Students will also have an understanding and appreciation of the contributions and perspectives of prominent women and men, including those from diverse ethnic, socioeconomic, sexuality, disability, and religious backgrounds. 


  • Demonstrate an understanding of the intersection of culture, ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and religion within ethnic groups in the United States and throughout the world. 

  • Critically assess the artistic, religious, philosophical, social, and historical influences of diverse ethnic groups on the development of society in the United States and throughout the world. 

  • Understand the significance of the connection between institution(s) and communities.

  • Demonstrate the ability to situate oneself in the course content and apply course content to one's social interactions.

  • Understand importance of building relationships among various ethnic groups in the United States and throughout the world. 


  • Humanities 100: American Mind 1 

  • Humanities 101: American Mind 2 

  • Humanities 112: Intro to Africana Studies 

  • Humanities 113: Intro to Mexican American and Chicana(o) Studies 

  • Humanities 125: Intro to Latin American Studies 

  • Humanities 151: Women’s Ethnic Heritage 

  • Humanities 160: Filipina(o) American Heritage


The Cultural Center of Napa Valley College opened in Spring 2016, welcoming all students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members. The Cultural Center is located in Room 930A of The Student Activities Center. The center is a co-curricular activity of the Humanities Department in collaboration with the Office of Student Life, and is overseen by the Director Equity and Inclusivity in the Office of Student Affairs. 

The mission of the Cultural Center is to raise consciousness and stimulate dialogue about: race, culture, ethnicity, immigration status, socioeconomic status, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, spirituality, ability, and the intersections thereof. The center is committed to understanding and critiquing systems of oppression and privilege for the purpose of achieving greater unity and equity.


Associates degree requirements for Humanities and Philosophy programs

Meet our Humanities Department faculty

Visit the Cultural Center website


For more information about the Humanities department and courses, contact Faculty Coordinator, Janet Stickmon