PSYC 257 Psychology of Sex & Gender • 5 Cr.


Examines sex differences and similarities from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing from biology, psychology, sociology, and history. Students analyze perceived and actual differences in communication styles, employment, education, mental health, and personal relationships.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Explain the complexities of studying sex and gender.
  • Critique the history of research on sex differences, including problems of biased and/or flawed methodology.
  • Describe the wide cultural variations in gender roles as well as some universal, historical gender inequities and their impact in the work place, educational settings, mental health institutions and politics.
  • Analyze the distinction between stereotyped differences and actual differences between men and women as substantiated by research.
  • Explain various theoretical positions on gender differences, including biological, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, sociological, anthropological, and communication perspectives.
  • Articulate skills gained from the course that can apply to own inter-gender relationships.