The Women’s Studies Department and Program at the University of Maryland enjoys a global reputation for new methodologies and exciting new research that expands the depth and reach of knowledge on women’s lives. UM is one of approximately 12 universities in the United States to offer a doctoral degree in this field of study.
The Ph.D. program offers five areas of studies for doctoral students. The Gender, Race, Racialization, and/or Diaspora Studies area offers students in-depth exposure to Black Women’s Studies, and/or Ethnic and Diaspora Studies (Asian, Latina, Jewish). The Art, Culture, Technologies, and Social Change area’s focus is both local and global where students examine literature, digital humanities, and arts activism; feminist, human rights and civil rights movements; or political economy and social justice. In the Bodies, Gender and Sexualities area, students interrogate the politics of women’s health; lesbian and queer theory; masculinities; or technoscience; The Gendered Labor, Households and Communities area challenges students to investigate women’s roles in economic systems of labor and/or the family and domestic units in local or national communities. The Women’s Movements, Global and Local area provides students with a discussion of transnational feminisms, bodies and borders, international movements and global gender justice.
Within a concentration, students work with Women’s Studies core and affiliate faculty to design an interdisciplinary course of study that readies the student for original dissertation research. While the program is crafted to prepare students for academic careers, the Women’s Studies Ph.D. is applicable to a wide range of professional arenas that can take advantage of the tremendous range of skills learned during doctoral studies.