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 the Class of 2016 Graduates!

Collage of Winter 2015 Commencement photos

Collage of Winter 2015 Commencement photos - visit flickr for more

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony - Wed. May 18, 7pm, Xfinity Center

The procession of students begins promptly at 6:40pm. The campus-wide commencement ceremony represents the culmination of a student’s academic career at the University of Maryland. Unlike the individual college or school ceremonies, it is an opportunity for the president to congratulate the graduates as a group. Although graduates do not walk across the stage in the campus-wide ceremony, it is in this ceremony that the degrees are officially conferred. At the end of the ceremony, the graduates will turn their tassels from the right to the left, symbolizing the transition from student to alumnus. The university encourages graduates, their family and friends to attend this approximately 90-minute event marking the beginning of the two-day commencement celebration.

Departments of Women’s Studies and American Studies Commencement Ceremony - Thurs. May 19, 12pm, Memorial Chapel

In this more intimate commencement ceremony, the Departments of Women's Studies and American Studies will recognize each graduate individually as their names are called and they walk across the stage. Students receiving bachelor degrees in Women's Studies, as well as those receiving any one of the department's four undergraduate certificates or minors, the graduate certificate, master's degree, and doctoral degree are invited to walk in the departmental ceremony. Graduates may bring as many guests as they wish; no tickets are necessary. Doors to the Memorial Chapel will open for seating at approximately 11:15am, and participating graduates are asked to bring their own cap and gown and report for robing at the Garden Chapel between 11:15am-11:30am. No food or drinks are allowed inside the Chapel and no flash photography during the ceremony.

Immediately following the ceremony there will be a Reception in 2101 Woods Hall -- all Women's Studies Graduates and their families/friends are invited to attend.

Please join us, as the department will continue to celebrate your accomplishments with you and your family!

If you or your guests require special assistance regarding parking, seating, interpreters, etc., please send an email to Ms. Cliffornia Pryor ( as soon as possible.


Congratulations to Angel Miles!

We are happy to announce that WMST PhD candidate Angel Miles is the recipient of the 2016 University of Maryland Graduate Student Distinguished Service Award, as well as the 2016 PCEMI Ethnic Minority Achievement Graduate Student Award! These campus wide service awards are in recognition of Angel's activism on behalf of disability rights.

Photos of Angel Miles at the University Awards Banquet


Thanks to all who joined us and made this event a success - it was stimulating and inspirational! For highlights and pictures of the event, see the May 6 edition of the Undergraduate E-News Bulletin.

Congratulations to Dr. LaMonda Horton-Stallings!

Please join us in celebrating Dr. Horton-Stallings whose book, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures, has just been awarded The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2016 Emily Toth Award for the Best Single Work by One or More Authors in Women’s Issues in Popular and American Culture as well as named a 2016 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in LGBT Studies!

Congratulations to Dr. Horton-Stallings for the 2016 Emily Toth Award

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.

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. 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 2015 Graduate Director's Newsletter. Or, visit the archive of Graduate Director's Newsletters.

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.

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

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.