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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Congratulations to Dr. A. Lynn Bolles and
Dr. Deborah Rosenfelt on their retirement!

Collage of Bolles/Rosenfelt retirements 2015
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After both having come to campus in 1989, Drs. Bolles and Rosenfelt are leaving together as well. It is with much appreciation that we celebrate their 26 years of service to the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland. Their research and pedagogical contributions have served to transform Women’s Studies as a field of study, and have had far-reaching and long-lasting effects. They have touched countless lives, here at UMD and beyond. We will miss them deeply, but wish them both the best in retirement!


Congratulations to the Class of 2015 Graduates!

The Department of Women's Studies proudly celebrates all 48 May graduates from its various programs. We look forward to keeping in touch about your endeavors in the future!
Collage of Spring 2015 Commencement photos

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 and selecting an available slot.

Fall 2015 Course Lists

These lists may be helpful in identifying classes of interest, as well as determining which courses may be used to fulfill individual requirements for Women's Studies and LGBT Studies degree programs. Register today for WMST and LGBT courses!

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.

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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.