Course Spotlights: The Journey of Love and Human Sexuality

Tom Reis teaching two acclaimed courses fall semester 2021

Inver Hills Community College is once again offering two exceptionally popular courses, The Journey of Love and Human Sexuality, for fall semester 2021. The courses are taught by Thomas Reis, interdisciplinary studies and pre-social work faculty, who began teaching courses in the Human Services department at Inver Hills in 2005.

Tom Reis

Tom has a Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Development and Family Studies from Kansas State University, a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from the University of Georgia, and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from The College of St. Scholastica.

He has extensive experience working in the field, having served as a licensed social worker, therapist, family therapist and psychotherapist at hospital, social service and collegiate settings as well as in private practice.

In 2008, Tom was honored as the Inver Hills Community College Teacher of the Year. Four years later, he was recognized statewide with an Education Minnesota Human Rights Award.

“I’ve taught thousands of students at six colleges in two countries and three states,” Tom said. “Inver Hills is the best. I feel respected and valued. I love the place.”

Tom is an avid sailor and enjoys taking his Laser, a single-handed racing dinghy, out on Lake Calhoun. He is a PSIA-certified Nordic ski instructor and enjoys snowboarding in the winter and roller-skiing in the off-season. He is an accomplished long-distance cyclist and at the age of 22 cycled nearly 4,000 miles from Oregon to the Chesapeake Bay. He documented that journey and his life story in the book, Headwinds: The Dead Reckoning of the Heart.

Thomas Reis believes in the life-changing power harnessed by the teaching profession. “Education is an invitation to transformation,” he said. “My definition of teaching is to awaken.”

INTS 1777: The Journey of Love 3.0 credits

Course description

Explores various dimensions of love: biological, psychological and sociological. The majority of our songs and movies have as a theme something about love. Never before in our culture have we devoted so much time and energy to the topic of love, yet so many are so confused and suffer so much pain around it. This is a course that will add clarity and understanding toward your comprehension of what love is.

Course Outline for INTS 1777

“Most people in the world think they know all there is to know about the topic of love,” Tom Reis related. “But upon further examination, most of what we think we know about love, isn’t love at all. We mistake so many different things for something that is anything but love.”

The Journey of Love is scheduled for Tuesdays, 3 p.m. – 4:50 p.m., for fall semester 2021 and is delivered as a Zoom/hybrid, online mix.

INTS 1140: Human Sexuality 3.0 credits

Course description

Presents an interdisciplinary study of human sexuality in a pluralistic society.

Course Outline for INTS 1140

“Sex is something we do, but sexuality is about who we are,” Tom Reis explained. “This course examines sexuality from ‘womb to tomb.’ We look at the impact of culture, family, gender, and so much more in understanding better who we are in a binary and nonbinary world.”

Human Sexuality is scheduled for Wednesdays, 6 p.m. – 7:50 p.m., for fall semester 2021 and is delivered as a Zoom/hybrid, online mix.

More about Interdisciplinary Studies

Taking courses in  prepares you for career pursuits in an increasingly multifaceted workplace. As an interdisciplinary studies student, you’ll get the opportunity complete coursework across a range of academic disciplines while developing a skill set that will serve you well in world of business, academia, the arts, social services, high technology and more.

The Interdisciplinary Studies department at Inver Hills offers a wide variety of courses covering such topics as:

  • College and career success
  • Educational planning
  • The Journey of Love
  • Creative problem solving
  • Human sexuality
  • Technical writing
  • Leadership development


Learn more about Human Sexuality and The Journey of Love by contacting:

Thomas Reis, MS, MSW, LISW
Interdisciplinary Studies and Pre-Social Work Faculty

Admissions Team
College Center

1 Comment

  • Thomas was my instructor in 2007-2011 in the Human Services Program at Inver Hills and I am forever grateful for his service to my education and personal life. I am a successful social worker one year away from my MSW degree looking at children’s mental health. Thank you so much Thomas. Love the Pride of Prescott

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