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Sexology?

Postby Selyv » Wed Dec 07, 2016 3:06 am

Does Sexology exist? I'm a recent college grad and want to explore studies of sex. Is that sort of a sociological field? Where would you go(college wise) to study sex and what would be your major, or career? Thanks!

ANSWER: Hi Mindy, This is an interesting question. Sexology is the study of human sexuality, encompassing many disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology and even criminology. Sexology is a observative study of human relationships. Because the field crosses disciplines, you must determine which aspect of the science is your primary focus. Ultimately, sexology is the study of mental and physical relationships. Are you interested in psychological characteristics? the physical functions? sexually transmitted diseases? criminal sexual impulses? research? therapy? anthropology? sociology?

Curtin University of Technology in Sydney received the "Award for Excellence & Innovation in Sexuality Education" in 2007. A quick review of their website(http://www.publichealth.curtin.edu.au/html/areasofstudy_s.htm) reveals a forensic sexology program that sounds interesting. You do not mention your undergrad degree or if you want to continue pursuing that field of study. I suggest taking a course on human sexuality, generally offered through psychology programs. There may be some prerequisite courses offering a broad look at the discipline. This will give you an opportunity to determine if your interest in the field is deep enough to make a career choice. Congrats on earning your undergrad degree and good luck with your master's!

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My undergrad studies are in Business and finance.I attend a private university with very limited course selections, there's virtually no chance of our university carrying any of that type of course in the new future. I am primarily interested in  the psycho/sociological aspects of sexuality as well as the physics,(the science) of it all. Are there any online colleges that you think might carry these courses? I think I will take an introductory course. Thank you for your help!
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Sexology?

Postby Wayland » Thu Dec 08, 2016 11:11 pm

Hello again Mindy, Thanks for the follow up questions. I think an intro course would be a fantastic idea. Since you have an undergrad degree in business, you will most likely have to take psychology undergrad courses before you can work on a master’s degree. Most grad programs require previous related undergrad study. For example, I have a science undergrad degree; when I went back to school to work on my MBA, I had to take some undergrad business courses. This gave me an opportunity to discover if my interest was where I thought it was. You definitely have some options to consider.

There are distance learning masters in psychology programs offered by the University of Phoenix, Walden University and Capella University. The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco, CA, offers distance learning and has masters, PhD, and certification options in human sexuality. This is a well-known organization. The Master’s program allows students to travel to Paris or China for a cultural perspective on public health. Here is a link to their website: http://www.iashs.edu/academic.html There is some fascinating reading in the IASHS’s electronic journal; here is a link: http://www.ejhs.org/

If you are interested in taking an undergrad course to see if your interest level will warrant pursuing a master’s, I suggest taking an Intro to Psychology or a Human Sexuality course at a local community college.

Louisiana State University(LSU) has an undergraduate independent study program in which students may enroll at any time. Courses are completed by independent and distance learning. Students work at their own pace by submitting a series of assignments and taking one or more examinations. A 3 hour course would be less than $250, a real bargain! Here is a link: http://is.lsu.edu/default.asp

Take a look at the course content for KIN 2600 Human Sexuality(an example of this type of course):

•   Sexuality and You •   Cultural-Historical Aspects of Sexuality and Sex Research •   Sexual Ethics, Morality, and the Law •   Sexual Anatomy, Response and Arousal •   Sexual Hormones and Fertility Control •   Conception, Pregnancy and Birth •   Sexual Communication and Techniques of Sexual Arousal •   Masculinity and Femininity •   Sexuality Through the Life Cycle •   Homosexuality •   Family Living •   Sexual Dysfunction and Therapy •   Sexual Diseases •   Forcible Sexual Behavior •   Sexual Consumerism.

Most colleges have “human sexuality” courses in their course list, but for obvious reasons they embed them in psychology programs. While researching this answer, I did find one voice of dissent from a psychologist that insisted that some courses, especially those with a clinical requirement, do not translate well to distance learning. You may want to consider this, and look for a blended program rather than 100% distance learning.  
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Sexology?

Postby Bailey » Sun Dec 11, 2016 2:18 pm

Does Sexology exist? I'm a recent college grad and want to explore studies of sex. Is that sort of a sociological field? Where would you go(college wise) to study sex and what would be your major, or career? Thanks!

ANSWER: Hi Mindy, This is an interesting question. Sexology is the study of human sexuality, encompassing many disciplines such as psychology, sociology, anthropology and even criminology. Sexology is a observative study of human relationships. Because the field crosses disciplines, you must determine which aspect of the science is your primary focus. Ultimately, sexology is the study of mental and physical relationships. Are you interested in psychological characteristics? the physical functions? sexually transmitted diseases? criminal sexual impulses? research? therapy? anthropology? sociology?

Curtin University of Technology in Sydney received the "Award for Excellence & Innovation in Sexuality Education" in 2007. A quick review of their website(http://www.publichealth.curtin.edu.au/html/areasofstudy_s.htm) reveals a forensic sexology program that sounds interesting. You do not mention your undergrad degree or if you want to continue pursuing that field of study. I suggest taking a course on human sexuality, generally offered through psychology programs. There may be some prerequisite courses offering a broad look at the discipline. This will give you an opportunity to determine if your interest in the field is deep enough to make a career choice. Congrats on earning your undergrad degree and good luck with your master's!

---------- FOLLOW-UP ----------

My undergrad studies are in Business and finance.I attend a private university with very limited course selections, there's virtually no chance of our university carrying any of that type of course in the new future. I am primarily interested in  the psycho/sociological aspects of sexuality as well as the physics,(the science) of it all. Are there any online colleges that you think might carry these courses? I think I will take an introductory course. Thank you for your help!
Bailey
 
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