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Curriculum, Doctor of Philosophy, Human Sexuality Studies

The curriculum at the Center for Human Sexuality Studies offers a few unique features.

  • All students receive a broad training in the foundations of human sexuality from a bio-psycho-social perspective.
  • The methods sequence in each track offers specific and concrete skill-building for the effective delivery of sex therapy or sexuality education.
  • The curriculum addresses the affective and dispositional realms, training students in emotional literacy techniques that research has shown inform practice excellence.
  • The PhD curriculum moves beyond the master’s level to develop leaders who actively participate in the scholarly discourse in human sexuality.
  • PhD students are trained in qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as the philosophical underpinnings and research literature of the field. 

Course Requirements

See the required courses for both the sexuality education and sex therapy* tracks in the PhD program

Sexuality Education Track


  • HSED 500 Proseminar 1a in Human Sexuality
  • HSED 600 Proseminar 1b in Human Sexuality
  • HSED 701 Proseminar 2 in Human Sexuality
  • HSED 510 Applications of Educational Research
  • HSED 714 Qualitative Research Methods in Education
  • HSED 850 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods I (prereq 510)
  • HSED 851 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods II (prereq 850)
  • HSED 501 Sexuality & Society in a Cross-Cultural Perspective (prereq. 592)
  • HSED 594 History & Ethics in Human Sexuality (prereq. 592)
  • HSED 592 Concepts in Human Sexuality
  • HSED 593 Behavioral Foundations in Human Sexuality (prereq. 592)
  • HSED 643 Theories of Development & Education in Human Sexuality (prereq. 592)
  • HSED 625 Methods in Sexuality Education I (prereq. 643)
  • HSED 626 Methods in Sexuality Education II (prereq. 625)
  • HSED 618 Teaching Sensitive Issues in Human Sexuality (prereq. 626)
  • HSED 644 Biological Foundations of Human Sexuality (prereq. 593)
  • HSED 831 Literature in Human Sexuality (prereq 850)
  • HSED 832 Theoretical Underpinnings of Human Sexuality (prereq 831)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • HSED 690 Practicum in Human Sexuality Education (prereq. 625)
  • 901 Dissertation Seminar I
  • 902 Dissertation Seminar II
  • 910 Dissertation Seminar III
  • 920 Dissertation Seminar IV

Sex Therapy Track


  • HSED 500 Proseminar 1a in Human Sexuality
  • HSED 600 Proseminar 1b in Human Sexuality
  • HSED 701 Proseminar 2 in Human Sexuality
  • HSED 510 Applications of Educational Research
  • HSED 714 Qualitative Research Methods in Education
  • HSED 850 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods I (prereq 510)
  • HSED 851 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods II (prereq 850)
  • HSED 501 Sexuality & Society in a Cross-Cultural Perspective (prereq. 592)
  • HSED 594 History & Ethics in Human Sexuality (prereq. 592)
  • HSED 592 Concepts in Human Sexuality
  • HSED 593 Behavioral Foundations in Human Sexuality (prereq. 592)
  • HSED 562 Sex Therapy I (prereq. 593)
  • HSED 662 Sex Therapy II (prereq. 562)
  • HSED 669 Sex Therapy III (prereq. 662)
  • HSED 619 Sensitive Issues in Clinical Sexology (prereq. 669)
  • HSED 644 Biological Foundations of Human Sexuality (prereq. 593)
  • HSED 624 Education & Training Methods for Clinical Sexologists (prereq. 662)
  • HSED 831 Literature in Human Sexuality (prereq 850)
  • HSED 832 Theoretical Underpinnings of Human Sexuality (prereq 831)
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • HSED 695 Practicum in Clinical Sexology I (prereq. 662)
  • HSED 696 Practicum in Clinical Sexology II (prereq. 695)
  • 901 Dissertation Seminar I
  • 902 Dissertation Seminar II
  • 910 Dissertation Seminar III
  • 920 Dissertation Seminar IV

*Students in the sex therapy track must have either a licensable mental health degree or be enrolled in one of our interdisciplinary programs.


Refer to our catalog for more information about the courses and requirements for a doctor of philosophy in human sexuality studies.