Human Sexuality Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Human Sexuality Studies Program
HSS 336
415-338-2055
Director: Gilbert Herdt

Faculty

Professors—Brogan, DeCecco, DeVries, Diaz, Doub, Goldman, Herdt, Hittner, Hoffman, Jenkins, Mann, McCoy, Ovrebo, Prinz, Scully, Tapper, Wardlow, Warren, Yep

Associate Professors—Bhat, Hossfeld, Levy, Loomis, Soh

Assistant Professors—Blando, Carrington, Elia, Fields, Leitao, Moffatt

Lecturers—Assali, Auleb, Teunis

Program

Minor in Human Sexuality Studies
Master of Arts 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.

MINOR IN HUMAN SEXUALITY 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.)

On-line 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—2 courses from the following from 2 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)
6
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/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

MASTER OF ARTS IN HUMAN SEXUALITY STUDIES

Graduate Advisers--Herdt, Diaz

Career Options for M.A. Graduates

The career outlook for graduates with specialized knowledge of human sexuality has never been better in our society, due to the changing positive attitudes regarding the role of sexuality in the universities and colleges, high schools, local and national government, research and training, clinical and mental health training, and private sector positions that call for expertise of human reproduction, sexuality, sexual identity and diversity, sexual orientation, gender, and human resources.

The degree is designed to meet the career needs of students including:

Admission to Program

A prospective student must fulfill the general university requirements as stated in the section on Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Admissions of this Bulletin. To be considered for unconditional admission to the M.A. in Human Sexuality Studies, a student must have completed an undergraduate major in an appropriate field under advisement with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. It is expected that applicants will primarily come from behavioral and social sciences (psychology, anthropology, sociology, history), health education (social services professions (social work), business (human resources, management, marketing), humanities (speech and communications, women studies). Students whose undergraduate major did not include human sexuality studies courses should consult the graduate coordinator about making up course deficiencies in human sexuality studies. The usual pattern is for the student to complete the equivalent of a B.A. in a field related to human sexuality studies before being accepted into the program.

If the students' undergraduate record meets the basic requirements and gives promise of a successful pursuit of graduate work, the department will recommend that the student be admitted either to classified graduate status (which means that the student may immediately proceed to take graduate courses and seminars) or conditional status, specifying the conditions and time limit within which they must be met.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: satisfactorily meeting the writing requirements in HMSX 800. Level Two: satisfactorily completing any other graduate-level seminar.

Advancement to Candidacy

Besides meeting all general requirements for advancement to candidacy, applicants must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all human sexuality courses taken for the degree, and may not list on the Graduate Approved Program any course in which the grade received is below B-.

Prerequisite Courses

Completion of the following undergraduate courses is also required: HMSX 300, Introduction to Human Sexuality Studies, and BIOL 330, Human Sexuality. The equivalents at a community college or other university is also acceptable upon petition. Upon admission to the M.A. program, these classes can be taken during the first semester in the program.

Core Requirements Units
HMSX 701 Sexual Cultures, Sexual Identities 3
HMSX 800 Sociocultural Foundations of Human Sexuality 3
HMSX 801 Biological and Psychological Foundations of Human Sexuality 3
HMSX 890 Professional Development 3
Research Methodology
HMSX 891 Research Methods in Human Sexuality Studies 3
Upon advisement, a student may select from the following courses to meet this requirement:  
 ANTH 710 Proseminar in Anthropological Theory and Method
 GRN 760 Gerontology Research
 HIST 700 History as a Field of Knowledge
 PSY 742 Seminar in Survey Research
 PSY 770 Research Methods and Techniques
 PSY 837 Research Methods in Developmental Psychology
 SPCH 772 Field Research Strategies
 S W 810 Research Methods in Social Work
 ISED 797 Seminar in Educational Research
Electives
Units selected from upper division/graduate courses upon advisement 9
Culminating Experience
Units selected on advisement from the following: 3
 HMSX 891 Research Project in Human Sexuality Studies  
 HMSX 896 Directed Reading
HMSX 898 Master's Thesis and Oral Defense of Thesis 3
Minimum total for degree 30



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