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Open Access Promoting Sexual Health: Sexuality and Gender/Women's Studies Courses in US Higher Education

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Objectives: We sought to determine the prevalence of human sexuality and gender/women's studies courses in 4-year colleges and universities in the United States (US) that offered a wide variety of majors. Methods: We examined the websites of 1482 institutions for course descriptions. Results: Over 60% of public institutions, 36.6% of private institutions without a religious affiliation, and 36.8% of private institutions with a religious affiliation offered a comprehensive human sexuality course. An additional 20.6%, 24.7%, and 25.3%, respectively, offered a sexuality course with a more limited perspective. Eighty-four percent, 71.5%, and 61.1%, respectively, offered at least one gender/women's studies course. Only 7.5%, 11.6%, and 18.6%, respectively, offered neither type of course. Conclusions: Through course offerings, a majority of US colleges and universities are teaching about sexual health.

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Keywords: GENDER STUDIES; HIGHER EDUCATION; SEXUAL HEALTH; SEXUALITY EDUCATION; WOMEN'S STUDIES

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2017-05-01

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