Catalog: 2013–2014 Catalog Year

PSY 130: Human Sexuality

General Information

  • Name: Human Sexuality
  • Discipline: Psychology (PSY)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Covers major topics in human sexuality such as gender, sexual anatomy, sexually-transmitted diseases, sexual response and disorders, sexual orientation, sexual coercion, and commercial sex.

II: Course Objectives

The course objectives have been aligned with the recommended outcomes from the American Psychological Association and the WNC requirements for freshman level general education courses. The outcomes students are expected to attain are:

  • Knowledge of the psychological theories and research for the major topics in human sexuality.
  • Ability to differentiate variations in normal human sexuality from sexual disorders, including cultural influences.
  • Familiarity with research methods and ethical considerations appropriate for the study of human sexuality.
  • Ability to apply course materials to case studies and their own sexual development.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

Human Sexuality can be used for all degrees and certificates of achievement offered at WNC. It is most strongly linked to missions for the General Education Requirement and the two primary transfer degrees, AA and AS. This course also helps students prepare to successfully transfer to baccalaureate degree programs at four year institutions by meeting the AA and AS Student Learning Objectives.

General Education Program Outcomes

Students in Human Sexuality are expected to show they are making progress towards meeting five of the General Education Student Learning Objectives by demonstrating that they:

  • Have college-level reading, writing, and oral communications skills.
  • Understand the methods of science.
  • Are able to apply the basic principles of social science.
  • Possess adequate problem-solving, creative reasoning, and critical thinking skills.
  • Appreciate the importance of cultural traditions, diversity, and ethics in psychology.


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