About Women’s Studies

Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry analyzing structures of power, especially as they are grounded in gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and other inequalities, and as they configure historical and contemporary struggles for social change. 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. With a core faculty of 8 and more than 80 affiliate faculty from across the campus, the program offers a B.A., M.A./Ph.D, undergraduate and graduate certificates in women’s studies, a minor in black women’s studies, and a certificate and minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies.

Mission Statement

We see our department as a force for change in the world, change which strives to achieve intellectual freedom, social justice, and equality for all people.

We do this by providing an outstanding education in Women’s Studies through excellent teaching, engaged mentoring, path breaking research and scholarship, and dedicated community service.

We seek to develop a new generation of scholars and leaders who, with us, will work to acknowledge, understand, and critically interrogate human differences such as those of gender, race, class, sexuality, nation, ability, ethnicity, and religion so that difference may be respected, accommodated, and celebrated in social life and so that we may advance knowledge about the possibilities for equality and freedom for all.

We trust that we can indeed make the world better through the knowledge we produce, the minds we nurture, and change we effect around us.

We seek daily to become an even more welcoming physical, material, and intellectual space that invites people in and makes it impossible for them not to stay, talk, explore, brainstorm, share, build, develop, and grow.