Human Sexuality Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Human Sexuality Studies Program
HSS 336
Director: William Bonds (Acting)


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 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 
SOC 468	Social Aspects of Human 
Sexuality (4)
SOC 469	Sex Roles and Society (4)
CFS 325	Transitions in the Family Life 
HMSX 400/PSY 450 Variations in Human 
Humanistic Aspects		3
NEXA 391	Biological Sex and Cultural 
HMSX/PHIL 369 Philosophical Issues in 
HMSX/HED 500 Values Clarification in 
WOMS590	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 notused to satisfy basic require-

ments)		6
Minimum total		24-26

Elective courses

Biological Sciences

CFS 323	Pregnancy and Infant Develop-
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)
WOMS590	Androgyny

Humanities and Creative Arts

ART 501	Women's Art History
BECA 495	Women and Media
ENG 618	Studies in Gay and Bisexual 
HMSX 425	Sex and the Media
HMSX 469	Sex and Morality
SPCH 503	Sex Roles and Communication (4)
WOMS550	Special Studies in Lesbian Lives
WOMS610	Theories of Female Sexuality

Counseling Research Education and Field

COUN 605/606	Interviewing Skills Practi-
cum 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 

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