University of Waterloo
Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies (SMF) is housed at St. Jerome's which was the founding college of the University of Waterloo. It addresses human interactions within relational and sexual contexts. It examines not only basic anatomical knowledge and sexual health, but also the formation and maintenance of relationships, parenting skills, and the impact of culture on sexual and family-related values, ideas, and attitudes. Issues that are rarely discussed in secondary education are studied in-depth; some examples include the effects of pornography on societal attitudes, family conflict and its escalation to violence, and sexual dysfunctions. An SMF plan of studies will be of interest to those considering a career as a social worker, sex educator, school teacher, family lawyer, or any occupation where relationship issues and human sexuality are involved. The specialized training will help prepare students for careers in counseling, teaching, health services, and scholarly research.