The mission of the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality is to provide a graduate course of study for those persons considering and preparing for careers in human sexuality or already working in the field and in so doing, to make a significant contribution to the quality of professional work in the field. The mission requires the maintenance of archives, resource centers and research facilities dealing with primary sexological and erotological material not available elsewhere and a commitment to the highest scientific, academic and ethical standards by administrators, faculty and students.
The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality was formally incorporated as a private non-sectarian graduate school on June 8, 1976. On August 13, 1976, the State of California qualified the Institute to grant graduate degrees in the field of human sexuality. The first class of students began work on October 1, 1976. About one year later, following evaluation by a committee on postsecondary educational standards appointed by the State of California, the Institute received approval of the following degrees by the Superintendent of Public Instruction of the California State Department of Education under California Education Code Section 94310(b): Master of Human Sexuality (M.H.S.), Doctor of Arts in Human Sexuality (D.A.), Doctor of Human Sexuality (D.H.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). In June 1981, after an on-site visit, the degrees were reapproved, and the Doctor of Arts degree was changed to a Doctor of Education in Human Sexuality (Ed.D.) degree. In 2002, the Institute received approval for the Master of Public Health in Human Sexuality (M.P.H.) degree.
For an understanding of the Institute, it is important to look at its early beginnings and development.
1. The Institute is dedicated to a determined and objective evaluation of its various functions by inside and outside evaluators.
2. The Institute is dedicated to the recruitment and screening of serious and capable persons who have expertise to share or the desire to learn about academic sexology.
3. The Institute is dedicated to provide a graduate course of study leading to two masters and three doctoral degrees in human sexuality that are on the same or higher level of graduate degrees in other fields.
4. The Institute is dedicated to provide students with a full range of research methodologies and skills so that they are prepared to work in their own field as well as work with other persons in allied fields who are working in sexological problem solving.
5. The Institute is dedicated to help students learn the how, why and where sexology impacts on the sexological and the non-sexological aspects of people's lives in their own and other cultures.
6. The Institute is dedicated to help students learn the how, why and where sexology impacts in the fields of history, law, anthropology, sociology, education, psychology, art and the various erotological expressions in the marketplace.
7. The Institute is dedicated to serve a worldwide community of school researchers, students, politicians, and artists by providing a center of expertise which will help them develop the several skills and strategy needed in the struggle to alleviate sexual ignorance, mindless sexual intolerance, sexual intolerance religiously or politically reinforced, political and academic hypocrisy and the remedial sexological expertise that will lead to intellectual honesty and human dignity.
8. The Institute is dedicated to provide the opportunity for all degree students to participate in a thirty-year Basic Research Project. It provides the basic behavioral information about what people are doing sexually and an opportunity for each Institute student to become the leading expert on the sex profiles of an affinity group of people. It also helps the student learn those research skills s/he will need in preparing a graduate thesis, project or dissertation.
9. The Institute is dedicated to provide each student an opportunity to build a portfolio-file that can be constantly evaluated by the faculty and the student. All work done in the field of human sexuality by a student must be kept in his/her file and duly evaluated by a faculty member including all seminars, workshops, reading, viewing, writing, teaching, participating and creating. In addition, students are required to provide book reports, annotated bibliographies, reports of lectures on video, reports on films viewed, practicum reports, a basic research project, reports on all Pomeroy Lecture Series and finally, a written comprehensive exam before admittance to the dissertation or project phase of their study. In addition, there must be unanimous approval of the project or dissertation proposal by all committee members.
10. The Institute is dedicated to provide students the opportunity to learn about and use the latest basic informa-tional management technologies. From the stance of expertise and not simply advocacy, students are provided the frameworks and methods to evaluate the political, cultural and economic determinism related to sexual issues that are used by special interest groups to control and manipulate people for other than humanistic reasons. By having primary material, and historical and current editorial comment, the actual struggle between free expression and social responsibility can be seen.
11. The Institute is dedicated to the furtherance of sexual health for all people. Sexual health care has always been available for the rich, famous, heroes of entertainment and the powerful in most societies. Strategies must be examined that provide sexual health care benefits, which include preventive, therapeutic and rehabilitative services for all. Since sexology is a small field, it is obvious that much primary care and service must be provided through allied health care providers and institutions. Students must learn the strategies of sharing the mission of the Institute with others.
12. The Institute is dedicated to the belief that sexual rights are basic human rights and it is appropriate to help students understand that many people have been hurt, falsely imprisoned, harassed and persecuted because of laws and misinformation about the role and place of sexuality and its many expressions by individuals in our society. The sexual artifacts created in the last two hundred years are mostly gone or hidden. Not a single university library in the United States has an acceptable erotology library for scholarly research except the Institute. Helping the criminal justice system to be more humane and responsible and at the same time providing the understanding and skill necessary to bring about restoration, reconciliation and sexual health for victims and offenders is part of specialized sexological education.
13. The institute has constantly searched for new methods of education and support for people in sexological and erotological helping professions. The institute at distance certificate programs and online programs have been modified by adding a new mentoring program where every student is offered a support person to help them when needed, through their program of sexological studies. So everyone will have a friend in the sexology field.