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.


The Women’s Studies undergraduate advisor, Dr. JV Sapinoso, meets with students regularly to ensure all students successful progress toward a degree and graduation. To make an advising appointment, students should contact Dr. Sapinoso (sapinoso@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.