COVID-19 Update from the Program

The Human Sexuality Department will continue to hold all classes online and virtually through the Fall 2021 semester, which means we will not hold any on-campus meetings. The Human Sexuality Department and CIIS will continue to monitor the situation daily and will follow current medical guidelines to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff. In the Human Sexuality Department, we feel especially fortunate to have experienced faculty who work well in the online and virtual modalities, and we look forward to working with you as you join our vibrant community. We will keep everyone apprised of our plans via the CIIS website/Canvas Cafe. If you have any questions, please contact our Program Coordinator, Margey DeCuir, at, or Michelle Marzullo, Professor/Chair, at    

The Human Sexuality PhD program is the only accredited program of its kind on the West Coast. It offers coursework and mentorship to support student teaching, research, publication, policy projects and creative endeavors. As an interdisciplinary program in critical sexuality studies, it draws on queer theory, intersectionality, feminism, history, philosophy, biology, social sciences, and clinical and policy studies to foster scholars who:

  • Shape the interprofessional dialogue on sexuality among researchers, clinical practitioners, policy leaders, educators and communities of practice;
  • Engage research, clinical, educational and policy arenas through the application of their coursework, proseminars, and optional AASECT certification;
  • Expand their holistic sexual literacy knowledge to impact individual and societal change initiatives.

This online hybrid program consists of two years of coursework, comprehensive exams, and a dissertation (four to six years estimated completion). Classes meet over three-day weekends in required academic residencies three times each semester, with the balance of coursework completed asynchronously online. 

Questions about Admissions or the Human Sexuality program?

Admissions Counselor: Skylar Hall
(415) 575-6155 |

Program Coordinator: Margey DeCuir
(415) 655-5581 |

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