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.


Nancy Chi Cantalupo, #MeToo & the Civil Rights Approach to Gender-Based Violence

Thursday, February 22, 3pm, 1120 Susquehanna Hall. Cantalupo’s scholarship focuses on the use of law to combat discriminatory violence, particularly gender-based violence. She is a nationally-recognized expert on gender-based violence in education, and her scholarship draws from her 20 years of anti-campus sexual violence work as a researcher, campus administrator, victims’ advocate, attorney, and policymaker. Co-sponsored by the Graduate School, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct.

Sex and Gender in Academia, an Interdisciplinary Dialogue Forum

Wednesday, February 28, 11:45am-2pm, McKeldin Library 6137 (Special Events Room) Panelists will address sex and gender issues faced by students, faculty, and staff in social encounters and the campus workplace as well as in research. Featured speakers: Catherine Carroll (Director and Title IX Officer, OCRSM); Ryan Curtis (Assistant Director, UGST); Ellin Scholnick (Faculty Ombuds Officer); Carol Stabile (Professor and Chair, WMST); Ashwini Tambe (Associate Professor, WMST). Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the University Libraries.

SAVE THE DATE: Trans(form)ing Queer - Friday, 4/13/2018

TRANSFORMING QUEER, the 11th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the University of Maryland will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018 and will be a daylong series of conversations about the history, present, and future of trans and queer studies, bringing together scholars and artists whose work stands at the intersections of both. Confirmed plenary speakers include: Matt Richardson (University of Texas-Austin), Aren Aizura (University of Minnesota), micha cárdenas (University of Washington-Bothell) and Jeanne Vaccaro (University of California-Davis).

TRIOTA (Women's Studies) Honor Society
Apply for Membership

Membership is open to all UMD students, regardless of major, who have completed at least one Women’s Studies, Women’s Studies cross-listed, or LGBT Studies course and have at least a 3.0 GPA in Women’s Studies/LGBT Studies courses and a minimum cumulative GPA 2.7. Access the application here or send an email to to learn more about the Honor Society. You can also find TRIOTA on facebook and twitter.

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? Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown at Or, make an advising appointment with the undergraduate advisor, Dr. JV Sapinoso, by visiting and selecting an available slot. Looking for classes? Review the lists of current course offerings.

News from the Graduate Director

For news, updates, and other information about graduate program, read the Fall 2017 Graduate Director's Newsletter. Or, visit the archive of Graduate Director's Newsletters.

WMST/LGBT Undergraduate E-Newsletter

The Department of Women's Studies introduces a regular e-newsletter for undergraduate students with 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.

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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.