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Human Sexuality Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Human Sexuality Studies Program
PSY 502
Director: John DeCecco


Professors--Bonds, Brogan, DeCecco, Dopp, Doub, Duggins, Flynne, Hittner, Hoffman, Hossfeld, Jenkins, McCoy, Scully, Seiden, Tapper

Associate Professors--Caulfield, Loomis, Mann, Soh, Steier, Wardlow, Warren

Assistant Professors--Levy, Yep


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 Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies. Consult Index for page reference.


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 (consult Index for page reference).

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 require-
ments 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 Sexuality
Humanistic Aspects							3
NEXA 391	Biological Sex and Cultural Gender
HMSX/PHIL 369 	Philosophical Issues in Sexuality
HMSX/HED 500 	Values Clarification in Sexuality
WOMS 590	Women and Men Changing
HIST 414	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								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 Issues

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
BECA 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 Methods
HMSX/ISED 613	Sex Roles and Sexuality in Education
SW 352		Sex Stereotyping in Social Welfare

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