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.

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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Department Statement

As a department, we remind ourselves that our unit resides in a public land-grant institution. We remind ourselves that such a location is one whose history, in principle, has aimed to provide educational access as an avenue of social change. We remind ourselves that our department’s mission is one that is rooted in an unwavering commitment to “intellectual freedom, social justice, and equality for all people.” We remind ourselves of the words of Audre Lorde who tells us that “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.”

In light of these remembrances and in light of the ongoing political tumult that characterizes this political moment, 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.

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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.

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 Alumnum!

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

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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.

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.