Discover Your Village!

If you want to succeed in your academic journey, it helps to know where to begin. At De Anza, your Guided Pathways Village is a great starting point for the whole college experience!

Your Village is a supportive community of students, faculty and staff members who share your interests and goals.

  • Each Village offers events and fun activities keyed to your major and related subjects.
  • It's also a central place to find relevant information and services – including degree and transfer maps, which can help you save time and make steady progress toward your goals.
  • Later in the year, we'll have designated spaces on campus where you can meet up with others in your Village!

FIRST – Find the right village

How do you find the right village? It's easy: If you’ve already declared a major, you’re in a village! Each village is organized around one of the subject areas listed below. These are broad areas that include a number of related majors – so you can explore a variety of pathways and career opportunities related to your interests.

Not sure you’re in the right place? You’re not locked in to any major or village. Feel free to check out any of the village subject areas and speak with a counselor about changing your major, goal or village. Click the buttons here to EXPLORE THE VILLAGES and then complete the online form to JOIN YOUR VILLAGE!

NEXT – Find the path to your goal 

Each village has a set of degree and transfer maps for the majors and goals available in its subject areas. These maps will show you which courses to take, quarter by quarter, so you can work efficiently to reach your goal – whether it’s earning a degree or certificate, or transferring to a university in your major.

You'll find the degree and transfer maps posted on the list of all academic programs: Click the name of the subject or program and then click to view the "Degree Map" or "Transfer Map" for the subject you're interested in.

Explore These Villages 

Artistic Expression

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Imagine ~ Create ~ Inspire

Expand creative talents and hone an appreciation for beauty. Build practical skills to both communicate and inspire.

Artistic Expression Majors

  • Art
  • Dance
  • Film and Television
  • Graphic and Interactive Design
  • Liberal Arts: Arts and Letters Emphasis (or, you can choose the Language and Communication Village)
  • Music
  • Photographic Arts
  • Professional Photography
  • Theater

Business and Finance

Business and FinanceInvest ~ Manage ~ Market

Make the numbers add up! Learn leadership and innovation while gaining knowledge and skills to succeed in business or related sectors.

Business and Finance Majors

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Liberal Arts: Business and Computer Information Systems emphasis (or, you can choose the Physical Sciences and Technology Village)
  • Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Real Estate

Health and Life Sciences

Health and Life SciencesExamine ~ Nurture ~ Heal

Understand the workings of the human body and what supports life. Examine ways to nurture a balance between mind, body and environment.


Health and Life Sciences Majors

  • Biological Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health
  • Health Technologies
  • Human Development
  • Kinesiology
  • Liberal Arts: Science, Math and Engineering Emphasis (or, you can choose the Physical Sciences and Technology Village)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition

Language and Communication

Language and CommunicationCommunicate ~ Connect ~ Influence

Explore new ways to communicate and connect. Learn to persuade, speak new languages and discover methods of story-telling.


Language and Communication Majors

  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Liberal Arts: Arts and Letters Emphasis (or, you can choose the Artistic Expression Village)
  • Linguistics
  • World Languages
    • French
    • German
    • Hindi
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Mandarin
    • Persian
    • Russian
    • Sign Language
    • Spanish
    • Vietnamese

Physical Sciences and Technology

Physical Sciences and TechnologyExplore ~ Experiment ~ Discover

Investigate the physical world, including the laws of math and science. Find new ways to design, create or repair physical systems.


Physical Sciences and Technology Majors

  • Astronomy
  • Automotive Technician
  • Automotive Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Database Development Practitioner
  • Design and Manufacturing Technologies
  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Liberal Arts: Business and Computer Information Systems Emphasis (or, you can choose the Business and Finance Village)
  • Liberal Arts: Science, Math and Engineering Emphasis (or, you can choose the Health and Life Sciences Village)
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Physics
  • Project Management Practitioner

Social Sciences and Humanities

Social Sciences and HumanitiesObserve ~ Engage ~ Transform

Gain understanding of human behavior and social interactions. Prepare to question and transform systems or institutions that define our lives.


Social Sciences and Humanities Majors

  • Administration of Justice
  • Anthropology
  • Child Development and Education
  • Ethnic Studies:
    • African American Studies
    • Asian American and Asian Studies
    • Chicanx/Latinx Studies
    • Comparative Ethnic Studies
    • Native American and Indigenous Studies
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Global (International) Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Law, Public Policy and Society
  • Leadership and Social Change
  • Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences Emphasis
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Social Justice Studies
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies

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Not Sure Which Major (or Village) Is Right for You?

No worries! Try these tools and resources to help you explore your talents and interests.


Want a Little Extra Support?

De Anza has programs, courses and counselors to provide extra support as you work toward your academic goals.

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