Curriculum for the PhD in Human Sexuality
The PhD in Human Sexuality requires 36 semester units, 18 units or equivalent each year, for two years. The required units are spread across three types of courses: core required courses, concentration required courses, and electives.
The group of core required courses listed below are for the program as a whole; each student’s concentration in the program will determine which of these courses will be needed to complete the program according to the student’s specialization. One of the innovative features of this curriculum is the unique nature of its cohort experience, enabling students to learn from and teach each other, and create long-term professional networks to facilitate their professional development and success in the field.
The focus in Year 1 is to build the cohort experience, lay down an intersectional foundation of knowledge, concepts, theory, and methodology, emphasizing diversity of all kinds. The first year aims to advance professional development through awareness of the interdisciplinary field of human sexuality, its intellectual history, primary scientific societies and organizations, controversies, and contemporary public and private concerns in relation to each concentration.
All students will be required to take core-required courses in Year 1, including a foundational course that involves writing a major scholarly paper, the core of which may serve as the student’s dissertation research. In the second semester, students further develop their expertise and express this in a major integrative paper reflecting what they learn in specialized courses. Each of the two cohorts (clinical, policy) will be required to develop a critical perspective on the policy and/or clinical implications of their chosen line of study. The two cohorts will critique each other’s work through an appropriate rubric so that the strengths of each, including distinct approaches and evidence, are brought to bear on the final products. This also will serve to foreground the dual focus of the program as a generative nexus of new thinking and thought leadership, rather than as a “problem.”
The focus in Year 2 is to allow for concentration and specialization, including clinical case conference under supervision for clinical practice students, and specified internships in policy and leadership settings and organizations for sexuality policy students.
There is a mixture of traditional face-to-face classroom courses and hybrid courses, with a small number of online courses. All required courses are traditional classroom or hybrid in nature, beginning with the foundational seminar in Year 1, semester 1. Spring semester, Year 1, and after, each concentration has specific required courses.
I. Common Core (Required)
HSX 7175 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity: Research, Policy, Society, and Self-Awareness (3 units)
HSX 7179 Introduction to Human Sexuality: Theory, Research, and Knowledge (3 units)
HSX 7180 Sexual Development Across the Life Course (3 units)
HSX 7193 Caring for the Sexual Body: STIs—Research, Treatment, and Policy (2 units)
HSX 7264 Mixed Methods in Sex Research (3 units)
HSX 7263 Sexual, Gender, and Reproductive Rights (3 units)
HSX 7278 Transgender Experiences, Identities, Policies, and Communities (3 units)
II. Concentration Courses—Clinical Practice (Required)
HSX 7830 Proseminar in Sexuality and Clinical Practice (sequence 1 internship) (3 units)
HSX 7831 Proseminar in Sexuality and Clinical Practice (sequence 2 internship) (3 units)
HSX XXXX Sex, Love, and Intimate Relationships (3 units)
III. Concentration Courses—Sexual Policy Leadership (Required)
HSX 7270 Research Methodology in Sexuality for LGBT and Reproductive Policy (3 units)
HSX 7272 Sexuality Policy, Leadership, Identities, and Community Formation (sequence 1 practicum) (3 units)
HSX 7273 Sexuality Policy, Leadership, Identities, and Community Formation (sequence 2 practicum) (3 units)
IV. Comprehensive Exam (Required)
HSX 9600 Mastery of the Field – General Comprehensive Exam (2 units)
HSX 6828 Sexuality, Spirituality, and Religion: Humanistic, Clinical, and Policy Implications (3 units)
HSX 7268 Women’s Sexuality and Reproductive Health and Rights (1-3 units)
HSX XXXX Men’s Sexuality: Self and Intimate Relationships (1-3 units)
HSX 7259 Diverse Sexuality Across Ethnicities and Cultures (1 units)
**Electives throughout other CIIS academic programs may be considered under faculty advisement
VI. Dissertation (Required)
HSX 7900 Dissertation Proposal Completion (0 Units)
Please go to the COURSE DESCRIPTIONS page to see the course details.
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