Human Sexuality Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Human Sexuality Studies Program
HSS 336
Director: Gilbert Herdt


Professors—Bonds, Brogan, DeCecco, Doub, Flynne, Goldman, Herdt, Hittner, Hoffman, Jenkins, Mann, McCoy, Ovrebo, Scully, Tapper, Yep

Associate Professors—Bhat, DeVries, Hossfeld, Leitao, Levy, Loomis, Soh, Wardlow, Warren

Assistant Professors—Blando, Moffatt

Lecturers—Assali, Auleb, Carrington, Elia, Mahaney, Meeker, Teunis


Minor in Human Sexuality Studies

Program Scope

Human Sexuality Studies provides students with knowledge about the processes and variations in: sexual functions and reproduction; intimate relationships; sexual and gender role development and behavior; and the social, cultural, historical and moral contexts of sex and love. This interdisciplinary field relies primarily on faculty from the Colleges of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Health and Human Services, Humanities, and Science, who serve as advisers to students wishing information or assistance in making curricular choices. Students can use the minor in Human Sexuality Studies to complement their majors. The program provides an opportunity to gain basic knowledge; develop an awareness of attitudes; and to acquire skills for counseling, teaching, and conducting research. The university also offers a Minor in Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies.


The minor consists of 26 to 28 units of undergraduate study. With proper advising it is possible to use these courses to fulfill some undergraduate major, minor, and General Education requirements. Written declaration of the pursuit of the minor is not necessary prior to enrollment in any of its required or elective courses.

Introduction: Students should try to complete HMSX 300 and either BIOL 330 or H ED 320 before taking any further courses in the minor. (These courses may, however, be taken concurrently.)

Online course descriptions are available.

Introductory Courses Units
HMSX 300 Introduction to Human Sexuality 3
BIOL 330 Human Sexuality or 3
H ED 320 Contemporary Sexuality
Core Courses
Students are required to complete requirements in each of the three areas listed below.
Psychological Aspects 3-4
HMSX/PSY 436 The Development of Femaleness and Maleness (4)
HMSX/PSY 456 The Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior
Socio-Cultural Aspects—two courses from the following from two different disciplines 6-7
ANTH 569 Cross-Cultural Aspects of Sex and Gender
SOC 468 Social Aspects of Human Sexuality (4)
SOC 469 Gender and Society (4)
CFS 325 Transitions in the Family Life Cycle
HMSX 400/PSY 450 Variations in Human Sexuality
Humanistic Aspects 3
NEXA 391 Biological Sex and Cultural Gender
HMSX/PHIL 369 Philosophical Issues in Sexuality
HMSX/H ED 500 Values Clarification in Sexuality
HIST 313 History of Love and Sexuality
HMSX 680 Colloquium in Human Sexuality 2
Elective Courses
Electives on advisement selected from the listings below (may include courses from above not used to satisfy basic requirements)
Minimum total 26-28
Elective courses
Biological Sciences
CFS 323 Infant/Toddler Development
BIOL 621 Reproductive Physiology
H ED 370 Current Health Issues (1-3)
H ED 414 Women's Health Problems and Issues
Behavioral and Social Sciences
ANTH 310 Family, Kin, and Community
ANTH 590 Anthropology of Women
CFS 320 Children and Families
CFS 321 Adolescents and Families
CFS 426 Family Crises
HMSX/PSY 320 Sex in Relationships
HMSX 301 Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies
HMSX 350 Criminalized Sexuality
HMSX/ANTH 388 Sex and Colonialism
HMSX 401 Discussion of Sexual Variations (1)
HMSX 402 Advanced Topics in Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies
HMSX/S S 455 Sex, Power, and Politics
SOC 464 Families and Society (4)
WOMS 590 Androgyny
Humanities and Creative Arts
ART 501 Women's Art History
BECA 495 Women and Media
ENG 618 Studies in Gay and Bisexual Literature
HMSX 469 Sex and Morality
SPCH 503 Sex Roles and Communication (4)
WOMS 550 Special Studies in Lesbian Lives
WOMS 611 Female Sexuality
Counseling Research Education and Field Experience
COUN 605/606 Interviewing Skills Practicum and Interviewing Skills (5/6)
H ED 370 The Educator and Sexuality
HMSX 550 Fieldwork in Human Sexuality Studies (1-3)
HMSX 600 Research in Sexual Identity
SW 352 Gender, Sexism, and Social Welfare

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