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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The faculty of UMD's Women's Studies department decided collectively to take
February 25, National Adjunct Walkout Day,
as a state furlough day.

Adjunct Walkout LogoWe do so in solidarity with the academic labor concerns of non tenure track faculty across the nation and especially in solidarity with such faculty members on our campus and within our state system who would wish to participate in a walkout but are too vulnerable to do so. Most of these faculty members, many of whom are part-time, are contractual, often hired from semester to semester. Many non tenure track faculty members are instructors with responsibility for undergraduate instruction, while others conduct research, and still others share practical knowledge in public service outreach.

Our choice of furlough day to coincide with National Adjunct Walkout day is our witness to the austerity practices being unevenly implemented in universities nationally and around the world. We understand our furlough days to be among the local manifestations of these. After a single year’s respite following four consecutive years of zero merit raises and on-going furloughs, we are now being required to give back any possibility of cost-of-living increases or raises, while tuition is also being increased. Student learning conditions rely on reasonable working conditions for all faculty.

In this climate, the concerns of contingent faculty are often last to be focused upon. Faculty solidarity is an increasingly important counter-current in our collective need to draw attention to decimating changes in university funding both locally and nationally. Students, faculty, and staff are bearing the brunt of the state of Maryland’s refusal to fund education at levels appropriate to this Land Grant and Sea Grant university’s work on behalf of Maryland residents, businesses, and, indeed, the complex economy of our tri-state region. For more information on National Adjunct Walkout Day, see this article at Inside Higher Ed



Undergraduate Academic Advising

Want to find out more about the five undergraduate options offered by the Department of Women's Studies? Make an advising appointment with the undergraduate advisor, JV Sapinoso, by going to and selecting an available slot.

Juana María Rodríguez, "Feeling Queerly, Knowing Otherwise"
Friday, April 17, 5pm, Ulrich Recital Hall, Tawes Hall

Please join us for the final event of Queer Speculations: Thirteenth Annual Lecture Series in LGBT Studies, which is also the keynote for the DC Queer Studies Symposium. Juana María Rodríguez is a Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is author most recently of Sexual Futures, Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings (NYU 2014).

Queer Speculations, the Eighth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium - Friday, April 17, 2015

The symposium is an all-day conference that will be held Friday, April 17, 2015. Events will include paper sessions featuring faculty and graduate students, a plenary session featuring Ramzi Fawaz (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Shanté Paradigm Smalls (St. John’s University), and a keynote address by Juana María Rodríguez (University of California, Berkeley). For more information, visit

See Summer and Fall 2015 course lists

These lists help identify which courses may be used to fulfill individual requirements for Women's Studies and LGBT Studies degree programs.

Working on a Research Project?

One of the helpful university resources available include The Resource Guide to Library Research in Women's Studies. It is a guide to the core Women's Studies-centric resources as well as important library services created by Judy Markowitz, the Librarian Subject Specialist for Women's Studies.

Get more information at our Events, News, and Resources pages!

Graduate Director's Newsletter - Fall 2014

Read the latest news about about our Ph.D. program, which celebrates its 15-year anniversary this year!

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

Read more the move, and about the history of LGBT Studies at UMD.