The Women's Studies department and faculty at the University of Maryland enjoy an international reputation for theoretical and methodological innovations and for their attention to curriculum transformation and transnational women's and gender studies institution building.

At a glance:

The University of Maryland Women’s Studies program began in 1976 with courses and undergraduate certificates, soon followed by a graduate certificate. In 1994 we started offering B.A.s, in 1999 we accepted our first PhD. Students, and in 2013 the LGBT Studies undergraduate program became part of the department.

Graduate Studies
36 Ph.D.s have been granted since the program began in 1999
Our Ph.D.s have gone on to successful careers in a variety of areas.
70% in Higher education - in TTK, non-TTK, and Community College faculty positions, as well as post-docs and university administration
11% in Non-profits, 5% in Secondary Education, 5% in Creative Professions
40 graduate certificates in Women’s Studies have been awarded

Undergraduate Studies
Offers five undergraduate programs; The Major in Women's Studies,
The Certificate in Women's Studies and Minor in Black Women's Studies
The Certificate in LGBT Studies and Minor in LGBT Studies

Since the inception 249 students have received the Bachelor’s of the Arts in Women’s Studies and
183 have received the Undergraduate Certificate in Women’s Studies
In 2019 there are 89 undergraduate students across the 5 programs
The department offers an average of over 700 seats to the UMD community each semester in WMST and LGBT undergraduate courses

Undergraduate community events occur monthly including: social justice hangouts, town halls, movie nights, feminist poetry writing and open mic, and other events as driven by student interests.

Faculty -
The research areas for our 7 Core Faculty include transnational feminisms, digital humanities, gender and sexuality studies, public health, gender and performance, queer theory, African-American culture, Caribbean studies, Latina/o/x studies, feminist science studies, and much more. The department also has 92 Affiliated faculty across 26 departments and research units.


Mission Statement

We, the members of the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Maryland, College Park reaffirm our commitment to the following principles of justice:

-- We oppose any policy or law that enables the oppression of any individuals or groups.
-- We strongly condemn all instances/assertions of trans/homophobia, racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia.​
-- We reaffirm the importance of framing policies, ideas, and laws grounded in fact, reason, and justice.
-- We privilege scientific approaches when grappling with the complexity of environmental degradation.
-- We reassert the need for compassion for those fleeing harm and economic vulnerability.
-- We reject all reassertions of nationalist, imperialist, and xenophobic modes of thought.

We commit to building a fear-free, inclusive space where students can thrive at our university. We invite you to approach us if you have questions or concerns. We will work to preserve your privacy and use our resources to help you find answers or direct you to the appropriate resources.


We encourage you to explore our website to learn about the resources available for Women's Studies research, scholarship, and community at Maryland.

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A person who appears to be a white woman with shoulder length brown hair smiles while holding a sign that says Proud To Be Earning My Degree in Women's Studies

Holiday Closings

The department will be closed for Winter Break December 23rd to January 1st, returning on January 2nd.

Interventions Symposium - February 7th, 2020

The fourth biennial Interventions symposium will explore temporality, genealogy, knowledge production, and pedagogical strategy through the lens of Black Feminist Thought. This year’s symposium is concerned with the history and the ongoing legacies of Black feminist knowledge production within the Department of Women’s Studies and the field at large. Check out the CFP wmst.umd.edu/academics/graduate-studies/interventions

Queer Beyond the State(s): The 13th Annual DC Queer Studies - CFP Deadline Extended to Dec. 21

Symposium March 27, 2020 “Queer Beyond the State(s)” aims to bring together scholarship that engages the relationship between queer studies and the state, broadly conceived. This includes scholarship identified with the radical possibilities of queer, its translation, and its critiques, as they challenge, refuse,
and critique the violent logics that undergird the nation-state. But it also includes scholarship that tracks other directions in the field. Check out the CFP wmst.umd.edu/dcqs2020

Undergraduate Academic Advising

The Department of Women's Studies offers five options for undergraduate students: Major in Women's Studies; Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies; Certificate in Women's Studies; Minor in LGBT Studies; and a Minor in Black Women's Studies.

Ready to learn more? Make an advising appointment with the undergraduate advisor, Gwen Warman, by emailing wmst@umd.edu or visiting ter.ps/wmstappt.

Women's Studies is the home of the LGBT Studies Program

Learn more about the certificate or minor as well as the history of LGBT Studies at UMD.

WMST/LGBT Undergraduate E-Newsletter

The Department of Women's Studies' e-newsletter for undergraduate students is sent once a week during the academic year and includes upcoming events in the Department and broader campus community, scholarships and award announcements, as well as internship, research, and other job opportunities. All students enrolled in the department are automatically signed up. Others in the community can subscribe online. The E-News is also archived online.

Register as an Alumni!

Stay connected; share your news; and help us build our Women's Studies community by registering as an alumni at ter.ps/wmstalum

Get more information at our Events, News, and Resources pages! Subscribe to our Google Calendar!

Give to the Laura Nichols Women's Studies Undergraduate Award

From her arrival at the University of Maryland in 1987 to her retirement from the Department of Women's Studies in 2014, Laura Nichols served as Academic Advisor to all Women’s Studies students. Her dedication to students’ success was unwavering and part of the legacy we hope to preserve through this award. Support this fund with a tax-deductible donation. Find out more about this and other Women's Studies giving opportunities.