Undergraduate 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 department and faculty at the University of Maryland enjoy a global reputation for innovative theoretical and methodological interventions and for their attention to curriculum transformation and global women’s 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 undergraduate minors and certificates in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Women’s Studies?

There is no limit to what can be done with a degree in Women’s Studies. The B.A. in Women’s Studies prepares students for positions in a wide range of fields, for example, in government and in policy, research and service organizations that focus on women’s issues. Majors learn writing, critical thinking, research, public presentation and leadership skills that are valued by many employers. Employers today are increasingly aware of gender and diversity issues and recognize that Women’s Studies majors are trained to deal with them. Many graduates work in social change and nonprofit helping organizations, where they apply what they have learned to real-life problems. The Women’s Studies major also provides excellent preparation for a variety of graduate programs in such areas as Women’s Studies, history, sociology, anthropology, psychology and English, as well as professional training in law, medicine and social work. Our graduate students are prepared to enter careers in academia, as well as public policy, social justice advocacy and museum work.

How Does LGBT Studies Help My Career?

The LGBT Studies programs offer students an opportunity to complement their major with focused, interdisciplinary study of the lives, experiences, identities, creative work, political movements, knowledge production, and cultural representations of LGBTQ people and communities.  Providing a solid grounding in the major concepts and methods that define studies of sex, gender, and gender identity,  the program allows students to critically engage theories and histories of social change, both nationally and transnationally. LGBT Studies coursework prepares students for work in a wide range of areas, including non-profit management, social justice advocacy, law, health-related fields, student affairs, and government and public policy, in addition to preparing them for further studies in the field at the graduate level. The program trains students to hold transdisciplinary conversations, and equips them with the ability to forge unique, niche areas of study as they bring the field of LGBTQ studies into conversation with their primary areas of study.

Advising

The undergraduate advisor for the Department of Women’s Studies, Gwen Warman, meets with students regularly to ensure all students successful progress toward a degree and graduation.

  • Students must meet with Gwen Warman to join any of the department’s programs. To declare the major students must also meet with an ARHU advisor after their departmental meeting.
  • Students in the Women’s Studies major are required to attend advising in the department and in the college every semester.
  • Students in the certificate and minor programs are encouraged to attend advising in the department at least once a year.

To make an advising appointment, students should contact Ms. Warman (gwarman@umd.edu or 301-405-6827) at least two weeks before they register for classes each semester. Students should come prepared to an advising appointment having surveyed the Schedule of Classes on Testudo for potential courses to take for the upcoming semester.

Courses

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