Course Descriptions

Image: Photos of SF State students and scenes from around campus

Sexuality Studies Discipline Courses Details

Hide details

SXS 110 : Sexuality in Society

Prerequisites: None
Description: Introductory exploration of sexuality in its social context. Critical reflection on conventional and individualizing understandings of sexuality. Includes research articles, documentary films, and mainstream television and magazines. This course is offered as SXS 110 and SOC 110. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 300 : Introduction to Human Sexuality

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: The field of human sexuality studies.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 301 : Perspectives in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

Prerequisites: ENG 214.
Description: Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies as a field of knowledge. Cultural, social, political, and personal aspects of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual issues.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
  • Segment III Cluster - Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender / Queer
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SXS 314 : Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual History

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: History of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender / Queer
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 320 : Sex and Relationships

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with PSY 320. For course description, see PSY 320. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 332 : Understanding the Representation and Narration of Sexuality in Cinema

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor; completion of second year written composition (ENG 214 or equivalent).
Description: Cross listed with CINE 332. For course description, see CINE 332. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3

SXS 350 : Selected Issues in Human Sexuality

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Examination and analysis of selected topics in human sexuality. May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 1-3

SXS 350 : Fifty Years of Sex in the Media

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: A survey of the uses of sex in photojournalism, motion pictures, and TV, reviewing positive and negative messages shown, and the emergence of diverse sexual identities. Impact of media on contemporary behavior is evaluated.
Units: 1

SXS 369 : Philosophical Issues in Sexuality

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with PHIL 369. For course description, see PHIL 369. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 380 : Coloring Queer: Imagining Communities

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with RRS 380 [formerly ETHS 380]. For course description, see RRS 380. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SXS 400 : Variations in Human Sexuality

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Variations in sexuality: sexual identity, relationships, behavior, and fantasy; identification of personal and social problems associated with varied sexual lifestyles. This course is offered as SXS 400, PSY 450, and SOC 400. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Integrating the Social Sciences
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 402 : Advanced Topics in Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Studies

Prerequisites: SXS 301 or consent of instructor.
Description: Social, cultural, economic, historical, and political patterns concerning the contemporary social lives and intimate relationships of bisexual, gay and lesbian people.
Units: 3

SXS 405 : Queer Art History

Prerequisites: ART 201 or ART 202 or equivalent and consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ART 403. For course description, see ART 403. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 421 : Homophobia and Coming Out

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Sources, forms, and history of homophobia; processes and consequences of coming out as related to gender, ethnicity, religion, age, socio-economic background, and physical ability.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 436 : The Development of Femaleness and Maleness

Prerequisites: PSY 371, upper division standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with PSY 436. For course description, see PSY 436. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 438 : Culture and Sex in East Asia

Prerequisites: ANTH 120 and upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ANTH 415. For course description, see ANTH 415. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
Units: 3

SXS 440 : Native Sexualities and Queer Discourse

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with AIS 440. Also offered as WGS 440. For course description, see AIS 440. (May not be repeated under an alternate prefix.)
Units: 3

SXS 455 : Sex, Power and Politics

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examines how the state and social institutions define gender roles, regulate sexual practices, and police sex as a means of social control. Issues include morality campaigns, AIDS/STD's, pedophilia, pornography, sodomy, abortion, etc.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 456 : Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with PSY 456. For course description, see PSY 456. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SXS 458 : Introduction to Transgender Studies

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Examines transsexuality, drag, transvestitism, and butch-femme lesbianism to explore highly variable relationships between sexuality, gender, desire, and identity.
Units: 3

SXS 469 : Sex and Morality

Prerequisites: One lower-division composition course and sophomore or higher standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with PHIL 445. For course description, see PHIL 445. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
  • Segment III Cluster - Ethics for the Contemporary World
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 470 : Sex and the Net

Prerequisites: SXS 300 or consent of instructor.
Description: Social, psychological, and educational aspects of sexuality and the Internet.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
Units: 3

SXS 530 : Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with CLAS 530. For course description, see CLAS 530. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

SXS 550 : Field Service in Human Sexuality Studies

Prerequisites: Nine units of SXS courses or consent of instructor.
Description: Supervised field service performed in on-campus research, instructional, or service units or off-campus agencies involved in human sexuality medical, social, and psychological services. May be repeated.
Units: 1-3

SXS 551 : Queer Literatures and Media

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with WGS 551. For course description, see WGS 551. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Gay / Lesbian / Bisexual / Transgender / Queer
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
  • Segment III Cluster - Gender and Culture: Identities, Images, Interactions
  • Cultural, Ethnic, or Social Diversity (CESD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SXS 567 : Cross-Cultural Aspects of Sex and Gender

Prerequisites: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ANTH 569. For course description, see ANTH 569. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 569 : Sex and the Law

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.
Description: Cross listed with PHIL 455. For course description, see PHIL 455. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
  • Segment II Area - Behavioral and Social Sciences Area (BSS)
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
  • Segment III Cluster - Understanding Public Policy
  • Lifelong Development (LLD)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 601 : Sexuality, Ethnicity, and Health

Prerequisites: SXS 300 or consent of instructor.
Description: Overview of the relationships between sexuality, ethnicity, and health. Ethnic and cultural differences that affect sexuality, behavior, risk and resiliency, and result in health disparities.
Units: 2-3

SXS 605 : Sexual Violence

Prerequisites: Upper division standing.
Description: Covers a breadth of topics relating to sexual violence, concentrating on understanding the origins and consequences of various forms of sexual violence through the life course, and exploring how sex and sexuality can be used as tools to control individuals, groups of people, communities and states. Paired with SXS 705. Students who have completed SXS 705 may not take SXS 605 for credit.
Units: 3

SXS 633 : Gay Love in Literature

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with ENG 633. For course description, see ENG 633. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 635 : Queer Masterpieces

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Description: Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues in the context of the Western tradition. Examination of how these issues shape and are in turn shaped by poets, novelists, and visual/performing artists.
Units: 3

SXS 651 : Fieldwork in Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Community Service

Prerequisites: ENG 214.
Description: Intern or supervised volunteer in religious, health, communications, political, recreation agencies in gay/lesbian/bisexual communities. CR/NC grading only. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3

SXS 667 : Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Cultures and Society

Prerequisites: Completion of GE Segment I requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent and upper division standing.
Description: Cross listed with SOC 467. For course description, see SOC 467. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
General Education:
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 678 : Disability and Sexuality

Prerequisites: SXS 300 or consent of instructor.
Description: Disability and sexuality through individual, societal, cultural, and political lenses.
General Education:
  • Segment III Cluster - Human Sexuality
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SXS 680 : Colloquium in Human Sexuality

Prerequisites: Completion of the human sexuality minor core or consent of instructor.
Description: Human sexuality from an interdisciplinary perspective presented by faculty, advanced students, and scholars outside the program. Forum for sharing ideas, exploring original concepts, and debating issues.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 685 : Projects in the Teaching of Human Sexuality Studies

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and completion of relevant course (or equivalent) with grade of B or better.
Description: Students serve as instructional aides in order to enrich their knowledge of the subject and the general processes of learning and teaching. Will help develop course materials, plan and review course structure and activities, and provide assistance to students in class projects and fieldwork. (Students may earn a maximum of 4 units toward the baccalaureate degree for any course(s) numbered 685 regardless of discipline.)
Units: 1-4

SXS 699 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor and program director.
Description: Supervised study of a particular issue selected by the student.
Units: 1-3

SXS 701 : Sexual Cultures, Sexual Identities

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Concepts of "sexual culture" and "sexual identity" in history and across cultures. This course is offered as SXS 701 and ANTH 701. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

SXS 702 : Sexuality in Historical Perspective

Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: Traces the growing scholarship on the historical study of sexuality primarily in the U.S. Introduces students to not only a variety of historical studies on sexuality, but also assesses the validity and value of the work.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SXS 703 : Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Sexuality and Health

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Relationships between lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) sexuality and health: cultural differences that affect sexuality, behavior, risk, and resiliency, and contribute to health disparities.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2013

SXS 704 : Human Sexuality and Language

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Seminar covers research on sexuality and language with emphasis on the role of language in the social construction of sexual meanings, sexual identities and sexual relationships in diverse cultures and linguistic communities. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)
Units: 3

SXS 705 : Sexual Violence

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Paired with SXS 605. For course description, see SXS 605. Students who have completed SXS 705 may not take SXS 605 for credit.
Units: 3

SXS 723 : Teaching Internship in Human Sexuality Studies

Prerequisites: Graduate status, consent of instructor, completion of 15 units minimum.
Description: Individual projects under faculty supervision undertaken in conjunction with teaching assignments in undergraduate courses. Research and reports on the aims and methods of teaching human sexuality studies to undergraduates. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 724 : Research Internship in Human Sexuality Studies

Prerequisites: Graduate status and consent of instructor.
Description: Study, discussion, and evaluation of principles of human sexuality research, theory, and method. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 750 : Seminar in Graduate Human Sexuality Studies

Prerequisites: Topic to be specified in Class Schedule.
Description: Examines trends, data, methodology, and current research in human sexuality studies. May be repeated when topics vary.
Units: 3

SXS 750 : Queer Theory and Transgender Studies

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of two theoretical approaches to sexuality and gender: queer theory and transgender studies. Study of the key claims made by both sides; analysis of central tensions and disagreements; the political and theoretical issues at stake in the two debates.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 750 : Sexuality and Religion

Prerequisites: SXS 300 (formerly HMSX 300), graduate standing, or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of sexual themes and ideas in historic western Christian (Catholic and Protestant) Muslim and Jewish practices on sexuality. Political uses and social contradictions in the sexual themes of contemporary religion and sexuality. Views of sexuality in other spiritual traditions such as Buddhism.
Units: 3

SXS 770 : Sexuality and Public Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Examination of the development of sexuality-related policy in the United States. The framework of historical debates and their impact on current policy will be discussed. Legal, ethical, political, fiscal, and other structural considerations will be addressed. The role of academic theory and research in the creation of public policy will be considered.
Units: 3

SXS 771 : Research Seminar in Sexuality and Public Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Focus on the historical, theoretical and institutional frameworks of sexuality policy in the United States. The concept of "sexual citizenship" will be examined; who possesses it, who does not, and who defines it, as well as examining the processes by which that definition is challenged and changed. Issues of scale (local, regional, national), ethics and strategies in policy-making will be discussed.
Units: 3

SXS 794 : Community Service Learning in Sexuality Studies

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Field experience in community based organizations working with issues relating to sexuality. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 799 : Issues in Sexuality Studies

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Exploration of research topics for thesis projects; theoretical issues relating to research topics and empirical research. Provides a practical forum to discuss all research issues.
Units: 3

SXS 800 : Sociocultural Foundations in Human Sexuality

Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Current sociocultural knowledge concerning sexual cultures and sexual behavior. Theories of individual and cultural difference in sexuality. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SXS 801 : Biological and Psychological Foundations of Human Sexuality

Prerequisites: Graduate status.
Description: Current biological knowledge concerning sexual differentiation from conception through puberty, including sexual response and sexual identity. Psychological theories of sexual behavior and its development, courtship, sexual coercion, and variations in sexual behavior.
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 805 : Sexuality Education and Policy

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Historical and philosophical underpinnings of sexuality education in the U.S.; major pedagogical theories and practices at elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. Education and social policy considerations. This course is offered as SXS 805 and EDU 805. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.
Units: 3

SXS 810 : Seminar in Sexual Identity and Communication

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Cross listed with COMM 725. For course description, see COMM 725. (May not be repeated under alternate prefix.)
Units: 4
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 881 : Research Methods in Human Sexuality Studies

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Interdisciplinary examination of multiple approaches to human sexuality research and social ethics. (Formerly SXS 891.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Fall 2013

SXS 882 : Research Design in Human Sexuality Studies

Prerequisites: SXS 881 and graduate standing or consent of instructor.
Description: Development, design, and implementation of the research project for completion of the masters thesis. (ABC/NC grading; RP allowed.) (Formerly SXS 897.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 883 : Applied Quantitative Methods in Sexuality Studies

Prerequisites: Graduate standing.
Description: Introduction to quantitative methods as they are applied to the social scientific study of sexuality.
Units: 3

SXS 890 : Professional Development

Prerequisites: Graduate status in human sexuality studies or consent of instructor.
Description: Apply the multidisciplinary perspective of human sexuality studies to on-going projects, and discuss ethical concerns with regard to research in human sexuality and how current work can further professional careers. (AB/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 894 : Creative Work Project

Prerequisites: Advancement to candidacy, approval of graduate advisor, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: An original creative work project. Projects must be described in a written document that summarizes the project's relation to other wok in the area, its rationale, its significance, and its creative methodologies. Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 895 : Research Project in Human Sexuality Studies

Prerequisites: SXS 800, SXS 801, SXS 891, consent of graduate advisor, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
Description: Research methodology and supervised research into topics and problems in human sexuality studies culminating in oral and written presentations. Advancement to Candidacy and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (ABC/NC grading; RP allowed.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 896 : Directed Reading

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate adviser.
Description: Intensive directed reading in human sexuality studies under the supervision of a faculty member.
Units: 3

SXS 898 : Master's Thesis

Prerequisites: Consent of graduate major advisor, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies. .
Description: ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)
Units: 3
Latest Offering: Spring 2014

SXS 899 : Independent Study

Prerequisites: Graduate status or consent of instructor.
Description: Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the program faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated the ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated for a total of 12 units.
Units: 1-4
SF State Home