This course examines the complex interplay of psychological, sociocultural, and biological factors in the development and expression of sexual attitudes and behaviors. It covers a wide variety of topics, including the major psychological theories of sexuality, patterns of sexual arousal and response, the development of gender and gender identity, variations in sexual orientation, attraction processes and romantic love, sexual dysfunctions and sex therapy, typical and atypical sexual behaviors, as well as the psychological effects of pornography. Students will be challenged to consider how theoretical and practical research on human sexuality influences their daily lives.
HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology) or SOWK 105.
Credit not allowed for both PSY 228 (Psychology of Human Sexuality) and PSY 328.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Understanding Human Sexuality, 13th Ed. (2017)
Hyde, J.S. and DeLamater, J.D.
Note: The textbook is also available as an e-text through the publisher.