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--Bonds, Brogan, DeCecco, Doub, Duggins, Flynne, Herdt, Hittner, Hoffman, Jenkins, Mann, McCoy, Scully, Seiden, Tapper

Associate Professors--Caulfield, Hossfeld, Levy, Loomis, Soh, Steier, Wardlow, Warren, Yep

Program

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. Consult Index for page reference.

MINOR IN HUMAN SEXUALITY 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 (consult Index for page reference).

Units

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	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/HED 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 notused to satisfy basic require-

ments)		6
Minimum total		24-26

Elective courses

Biological Sciences

CFS 323	Infant/Toddler Development
BIOL 621	Reproductive Physiology
HED 370	Current Health Issues (1-3)
HED 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 401	Discussion of Sexual 
Variations (1)
HMSX/PSY 320	Sex in Relationships
HMSX/SS 455	Sex, Power, and Politics
SOC 464	Families and Society (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 
Literature
HMSX 469	Sex and Morality
SPCH 503	Sex Roles and Communication (4)
WOMS550	Special Studies in Lesbian Lives
WOMS611	Female Sexuality

Counseling Research Education and Field
Experience

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
SW 352	Gender, Sexism, and Social 
Welfare


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