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.

Announcements

7th WMST/LGBT Studies Undergraduate Research Day
Wed. Dec 5, 2018, 12-5pm, 2101 Woods Hall

You are invited to present your research, whether it is a presentation or paper prepared in a WMST/LGBT course, non-WMST/LGBT course that pertains to gender, race, or sexuality, or another project you are developing independently (perhaps for a conference or for the University-wide research day). This is also an opportunity to see the broad range of work being produced in WMST/LGBT courses and by WMST/LGBT students, meet faculty you have not yet worked with, and think ahead to future courses you might be interested in taking.

To be included as a presenter in Undergraduate Research Day, register online here.

Even if you are not looking to present this time, we encourage you to attend as an audience member. Several of the presenters will be taking Q&A and we look forward to a lively and engaging event.

Fall 2018 Department Newsletter

For news, updates, and other information about the department, read the Fall 2018 Department Newsletter.

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. Want to find out more? Make an advising appointment with the undergraduate advisor, Dr. JV Sapinoso, by visiting ter.ps/meetJV and selecting an available slot. Looking for classes? Review the lists of current course offerings.

WMST/LGBT Undergraduate E-Newsletter

The Department of Women's Studies' e-newsletter for undergraduate students includes information of relevance to those in the WMST major and certificate program, the LGBT Studies certificate and minor program, and the Black Women’s Studies minor. This newsletter will serve as a clearinghouse for announcements about upcoming events and deadlines as well as internship, research, and job opportunities. Find the Undergraduate E-Newsletter here.

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 majors and certificate students and also advised Black Women’s Studies minors. 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

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