PhD in Human Sexuality

California Institute of Integral Studies

Program Description

PhD in Human Sexuality

California Institute of Integral Studies

Human Sexuality

This program is unique in providing an accredited doctorate degree in the interdisciplinary field of human sexuality. Bringing together clinicians and policy leaders creates a dynamic learning environment that expands holistic sexual literacy knowledge and skills to create individual and societal change. This program is committed to clinical and policy exploration of all human beings in the most diverse and fluid spectrum of sexual and gender variations across the life course, including desires and orientations, identities, behaviors and expressions. This includes individual psychosexual development and functioning, intimate relationships, families, spirituality, and well-being, as reflected in sexual, gender and reproductive health, rights, and policies in the United States and globally.

This hybrid program (partially in-person and online), designed for working professionals, begins with an intensive multiday retreat followed by weekend retreats and online work throughout the year. A small cohort is admitted annually, providing a dynamic, small-group experience. This state of the art program consists of two years of coursework, comprehensive exams, and a dissertation (4-year estimated completion). Our program offers comprehensive knowledge, clinical and policy skillsets, cutting-edge scientific research and community engagement with diverse populations. The doctorate includes a dissertation based on original research, as well as deep immersion in the clinical and/or policy realms through intensive clinical proseminars and policy traineeships.

This program aims to shape the inter-professional dialogue between clinical practitioners and sexuality policy leaders in the 21st century. Fundamental to the vision of this program is the infusion of existing areas of diversity such as ethnicity, race, gender, social class, ability, and national origin. Foundational courses address theory, methodology, data analysis, and clinical and policy implications of core issues, including culture, sexual socialization, and the spectrum of sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual expression, rights and policies, and women's sexual and reproductive issues in the context of social justice.

Application for Fall 2016 opens on November 15, 2015. Priority Deadline: February 1, 2016.

We will continue to accept applications until all of the spaces in our programs are filled.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated April 4, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2017
4 years
Full time
Start date Sept. 2017
USA San Francisco, California
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