About The School
The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality offers five graduate degree programs for persons wishing professional training in sexology. These programs are designed specifically for persons who intend to make the field of sexology and erotology a major focus in their professional careers.
Under the Institute's programs, it is possible for students to continue their professional education without leaving their present employment. A minimum of two to three weeks per trimester is required to be spent at the Institute. Experience indicates that for the majority of students, the more time they spend in residence, the better they progress. Reading, watching video courses, writing papers and similar work required during the trimester may be done in private study at home. Because sexology has emerged as a separate academic and professional field in this country only in the last twenty-five years, students admitted to the Institute will bring with them backgrounds widely different in experience and training. This requires that the process of acceptance into the program and the evaluation of work already completed be as comprehensive as possible. It is not the wish of the Institute for persons to duplicate work already completed. Therefore, the Institute will give a limited amount of credit for previous academic work and professional experience in the field of sexology. The Institute restricts its programs to the field of sexology and erotology.
The physical facilities of the Institute are an appropriate training and resource center for the study of human sexuality. A large classroom with the latest media and environmental accoutrements provides for all types of programs. The Institute further offers print, film, and video libraries; video viewing areas; physical therapy facilities; administrative and faculty offices; smaller classrooms, etc., providing all necessary instructional space. The "Mac" Room (formerly the Common Room) serves as a socializing space for students, faculty and staff. In addition, the facility has all of the latest equipment, including access to video cameras and a system comparable to a commercial television studio.
The Institute's library system is made up of 18 specialty libraries composed of 300,000 books, 350,000 magazines, pamphlets and journals, 100,000 videotapes, 300,000 films, and over 1,000,000 photographs, slides and illustrations. When totaled together, the Institute's library system is the most comprehensive sexological and erotological library in the world. A computer system has been set up which enables students and faculty to locate and use the many resources at their disposal. The student videotape library offers the student access to lectures and seminars from 1978 forward. The student library also contains videotape courses listed in this catalog as well as extensive collections of erotica, sex pattern films and historical television broadcasts dealing with topics of human sexuality. This student video library contained nearly 5,000 videotapes. It is the policy of the Institute to provide a selected library of material for each matriculated student, so that they may have their own library of materials.
The Erotic Heritage Museum, located in Las Vegas, NV, hosts IASHS professors and other sexology notables for guest lectures and events, and houses part of the IASHS library and collection of erotica.