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Experiential Learning, Human Sexuality Studies

Students in the Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) learn through experience in a variety of settings:

  • In Class

Capitalizing on the Experiential Learning Model, CHSS courses utilize small-group activities, inductive learning, and active training techniques to take learning beyond lecture and memorization to practical application in unique settings and situations. 

  • In the Community

All students, regardless of their track, participate in a supervised field experience as part of their training. In addition, students on the sexuality education track work closely with community partners through their methods sequence to apply the knowledge and skills they are developing in the classroom in the real world.

  • In the World

Each year, CHSS students have the opportunity to participate in an international trip. The experience allows for critical analysis of the content of the program from an international lens. Past trip destinations have included China, The Netherlands, Canada, Trinidad, and the United Kingdom.

Practicum & Field Experience

All of our students gain hands-on practice experience in either educational or clinical settings, depending on their program track. Field experience is accompanied by a practicum course through which students receive supervision from a faculty member. Field placements are located where you live, and students who live more than two hours away from campus can attend their practicum class through video conferencing.

Service Learning

Sexuality education track students participate in a service-learning experience through their methods sequence of courses. In this experience, they work closely with a community partner to conduct a thorough sexuality education needs assessment for the agency and develop an intervention that is culturally, developmentally, and organizationally appropriate.

In this way, students have the opportunity to work through the delicate negotiation of sexuality education in real-world settings.