Human Sexuality with a concentration in Clinical Practice or Sexuality Policy Leadership
Classes for the inaugural cohort begin in Fall 2014.*
The PhD program in Human Sexuality at CIIS is unique in providing doctoral concentrations in human sexuality and clinical practice, and in sexual policy studies. Bringing together clinicians and policy leaders creates an interdisciplinary environment that expands holistic knowledge and skills for both groups.
The PhD consists of two years of coursework, comprehensive exams, and dissertation. The program incorporates intensives, weekend courses, and online work, and is designed for working professionals. The doctorate includes a dissertation based on original research, as well as deep immersion in the clinical and/or policy realms.
The vision of the new Graduate Program in Human Sexuality is to create an intellectual and scientific community of policy theorists and leaders and clinical theorists and practitioners. This community will be committed to advancing theory, research, and practice that best supports sexual and gender orientation diversity, reproductive and sexual justice for women and ethnic minorities, and the advance of sexuality as a human right in the 21st century.
To achieve this vision, CIIS is committed to creating and sustaining a robust research culture for the new doctoral program in human sexuality within the broader intellectual community of the institution. This means training young research scholars from policy and clinical practice in the complementary contributions of the individual and culture to theory formation, appropriate methodologies, research design, and the foundation of sexuality, gender, and reproductive rights in the global order. This research perspective and training, we think, will enable students to pursue original and substantial research at a doctoral level that is creative and constructive of new and original knowledge and skill-sets. Students may participate in the ongoing research of the faculty and/or the Advisory Committee to the Program.
*Pending WASC approval