Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

The Graduate Certificate draws on diverse and interdisciplinary perspectives to produce unique insights into how sexual expression, behavior, and representation are shaped by multiple intersecting individual and cultural contexts, and how they, in turn, shape the health and well-being of individuals, communities, and populations. 

Intensive Research Opportunities
10 Affiliate Faculty Members
100% Research Project Completion
9 credit hours for certificate
Faculty Research Interests

- Child hunger

- Economics

- Gender

- Human rights

- International development

- Refugee issues

- LGBTQ studies

- Diversity

- Family relationships

- Sexuality

- LGBTQ counseling

- Counselor Identity Development

- Gender Diversity

- Mindfulness

- Family Diversity (racial, ethnic, and sexual minority development)

- Black Feminist Theory, Intersectionality, Queer Theory, and Family Studies

- Sexuality and sexual health (particularly, hip hop influences on adolescent sexuality)

- Intimate violence

- Feminist Qualitative Research Methods

- Psychosocial health and Well-Being of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth and their Families

- Affirmative Family Therapy Practices

- Qualitative Research Methods

- Mixed-methodology and Community-Based Participatory Intervention Development

- 19th-century working class women

- Business French

- Interculturality

- Legal and scientific discourses

- Rape in journalism

- Women's and gender studies

- Adolescence

- Emerging adulthood

- Health

- Sexuality

- Critical body studies

- Feminism

- Feminist science studies

- Feminist theory

- Gender

- Transgender

- East African history

- Kenyan history

- Refugees

- Kantian aesthetics

- LGBTQ studies

- South Asian diaspora

- Labor and value

- Postcolonial state violence

Students interested in applying to the Human Sexuality Studies Graduate certificate Program should contact the Human Sexuality Studies Program Director, Dr. Kaestle, by email at

Visit our office at  366 Wallace Hall, 295 West Campus Dr, Blacksburg, VA 24061


 Dr. Kaestle, Director Human Sexuality Studies Program 
315 Wallace Hall
295 West Campus Dr.
Blacksburg, VA 24061