Registration for Spring 2019 has begun!

Lists of undergraduate Women’s Studies, LGBT Studies, and Black Women’s Studies courses currently being offered can be found on our courses page. Need assistance with advising, enrolling in courses, or other concerns? Make an appointment to meet with the undergraduate advisor, JV Sapinoso, at

For help with WMST graduate courses, contact Robert Burgard at


Fall Holiday Break

Wednesday, November 21 – Sunday, November 25, 2018
Classes will not meet. Starting Thursday, November 22, campus is closed.


Apply for the Ph.D. in Women’s Studies

Tuesday, December 4, 2018.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you are experiencing any problems as you attempt to upload your application materials. Contact Robert Burgard, the Coordinator of Graduate Studies at

Our doctoral students have the opportunity to engage in innovative and dynamic scholarship on women, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Our department is a site where the systematic study and development of interdisciplinary theories and methodologies is encouraged. Our students pursue their inquiries drawing on both historical and contemporary contexts, and we strongly encourage independent research and course work that engage questions of difference and power.

Our Ph.D. program offers five overlapping areas of emphasis:

  • Gender, Race, Racialization, and/or Diaspora Studies;
  • Women’s Movements, Global and Local;
  • Bodies, Genders, Sexualities;
  • Gendered Labor: Households and Communities;
  • Art, Culture, Technologies, and Social Change

See more information about application requirements, including frequently asked questions. Contact ( with any additional questions.

Last Day of Fall 2018 Classes

Monday, December 10, 2018
Final exams are scheduled from Wednesday, December 12 through Tuesday, December 18. See more information about the schedule of final exams.

Winter Commencement 2018

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony, Xfinity Center, Tuesday, December 18, 2018, 6pm

Commencement, Departments of Women’s Studies, English, Comparative Literature, American Studies, and Film Studies, Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 11:30am
These events are not only a celebration of the graduating students’ accomplishments at the University of Maryland, but also an occasion to acknowledge our joint enthusiasm for their future endeavors. The university recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates’ lives and, as such, we strive to ensure that everyone enjoys their experience.

Winter WMST/LGBT graduates and your guests are cordially invited to attend the Department of Women’s Studies Fall commencement ceremony. At the Wednesday ceremony we will recognize each graduate individually. You may bring as many guests as you wish to the department commencement ceremony; no tickets necessary.

For other questions that you or your guests may have about the university wide and the department commencement, please refer to UMD’s Official Commencement Website –