Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Kelly Yordy

Second Advisor

Scott Barrett

Third Advisor

Todd Ream


College is a time in life where students grow and develop inside and outside of the classroom. Attitudes that students develop related to healthy sexuality should not be different from anything else learned in college, as it is a central part of who they become by the time they graduate. This research study explores the methods faith-based institutions are employing to educate students toward healthy sexuality when requiring specific sexual behavior expectations to which students adhere. These methods included institutional commitment to educating students, educating through relationships with students, specific groups being educated, and educating in curricular and co-curricular spaces at institutions. Although programming was occurring at all institutions in these areas, student development professionals expressed many themes that recognized the educational gaps that still occur at faith-based institutions that aim to prepare students for lives of healthy sexuality post-graduation.