Sexuality, Marriage, & Family Studies


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Toni Serafini
Associate Professor
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Welcome to the Department of Sexuality, Marriage, & Family Studies

Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies (SMF) provides students with opportunities to explore the research and theory about human sexuality and relationships from a wide range of disciplines and across the humanities and social sciences.


Many courses in SMF promote interdisciplinary scholarship, and adopt a social justice perspective that challenges students to think critically about often overlooked subjects: human interactions within relational, sexual, and societal contexts;  basic anatomical knowledge and sexual health; the formation and maintenance of relationships; parenting skills; the impact of culture on sexual and family-related values, ideas, and attitudes; the impact of media on our understanding of gender, sexuality, and relationships; sexuality education; attitudes toward sexualities; the effects of pornography on societal attitudes; family conflict and its escalation to violence; sexual problems or difficulties; and couple, family, and sex therapy.


This provides an excellent foundation for historical, theoretical, and ethical discussions around many exciting topics, such as the role of major discourses (e.g., media, law, medicine, religion) in shaping our perspectives on sexuality and relationships, the ways that our identities are formed and how these shape our interactions in the world, and the role of education around sexuality and relationships in Canada and the broader global context.

2019 Academic Achievement Awards

Congratulations to 2019 graduates Priscila Carrara and Sophia Kudriavtsev for achieving the highest academic achievement in the Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies. The awards were given out at the St. Jerome's University Graduation Ceremony held on Sunday, June 9th.  

Upcoming Events
We look forward to sharing information about the 10th Annual SMF Research Symposium, taking place on Saturday, April 4, 2020. Watch this page for further details. Click here for more information about past Symposia.