Bulletin--Human Sexuality Studies Program

Human Sexuality Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joseph Julian

Human Sexuality Studies Program
HSS 382
Director: John DeCecco

Professors—Bonds, Brogan, DeCecco, Dopp, Flynne, Goldstein, Hittner, Jenkins, Julian, McCoy, Scully, Seiden, Shipp, Tapper

Associate Professors—Caulfield, Hossfeld, Ovrebo, Steir, Wardlow, Warren

Assistant Professor—Levy

Lecturers—Assali, Auleb, Brown, Elia, Mahaney, Woo

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, Education, Humanities, and Science as well as the Department of Health Education who serve as advisers to students wishing information or assistance in making curricular choice. 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 Bisexual, Lesbian, and Gay Studies.


The minor consists of 24 to 26 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 HED 320 before taking any further courses in the minor. (These courses may, however, be taken concurrently.)

Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Human Sexuality Studies discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).

Introductory Courses
HMSX 300	Introduction to Human Sexuality	    1
BIOL 330	Human Sexuality or
	HED 320	Contemporary Sexuality		    3
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		Sex Roles and Society (4)
	CFS 325		Transitions in the 
			Family Life Cycle
	HMSX 400/PSY 450 Variations in Human 
Humanistic Aspects				    3
	NEXA 391	Biological Sex and 
			Cultural Gender
	HMSX/PHIL 369	Philosophical Issues in 
	HMSX/HED 500	Values Clarification in 
	WOMS 590	Women and Men Changing
	HIST 414	History of Love and 
HMSX 680	Colloquium in Human Sexuality	    2
Elective Courses
Electives on advisement selected from the 
following (may include courses from above not 
used to satisfy basic requirements)		    6
		Minimum total			24-26
Elective courses
Biological Sciences

CFS 323		Pregnancy and Infant Development
BIOL 621	Reproductive Physiology
BIOL 677	Discussion of Human Sexuality
HED 370		Current Health Issues (1-3)
HED 414		Women's Health Problems and 
Behavioral and Social Sciences

ANTH 310	Kinship and Social Structure
ANTH 590	Anthropology of Women
CFS 310		Interacting in/with Families
CFS 320		Children and Families
CFS 321		Adolescents and Families
CFS 426		Family Crises
HMSX 677	Discussion of Sexual Variations (1)
HMSX/PSY 320	Sex in Relationships
HMSX/SS 455	Sex, Power, and Politics
SOC 464		The Family (4)
WOMS 590	Androgyny
Humanities and Creative Arts

ART 501		Women's Art History
BCA 495		Women and Media
ENG 618		Studies in Gay and Bisexual Literature
HMSX 425	Sex and the Media
HMSX 469	Sex and Morality
SPCH 503	Sex Roles and Communication (4)
WOMS 550	Special Studies in Lesbian Lives
WOMS 610	Theories of Female Sexuality
Counseling Research Education and Field Experience

COUN 605/606	Interviewing Skills Practicum and 
		Interviewing Skills (5-6)
HED 370		The Educator and Sexuality
HMSX 550	Fieldwork in Human Sexuality Studies (1-3)
HMSX 600	Research in Sexual Identity
HMSX 861	Seminar in Human Sexuality: Historic, 
		Ethnographic, and Humanistic Methods
HMSX 862	Seminar in Human Sexuality: Scientific 
HMSX/ISED 613	Sex Roles and Sexuality in Education
SW 352		Sex Stereotyping in Social Welfare

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