TRIOTA (Women’s Studies) Honor Society is Accepting Applications

Deadline Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Membership is open to all UMD students, regardless of major, who have completed at least one Women’s Studies, Women’s Studies cross-listed, or LGBT Studies course and have at least a 3.0 GPA in Women’s Studies/LGBT Studies courses and a minimum cumulative GPA 2.7.

Access the application here or send an email to to learn more about the Honor Society.

Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

Deadline Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Graduate students enrolled in other graduate degree programs at the University of Maryland are eligible to apply for the graduate certificate in Women’s Studies. The Certificate requires a minimum of 18 credit hours which provides students with an integrative and interdisciplinary academic encounter with the contributions and challenges of feminist inquiry, as well as supports student’s particular research specialty. See more information about the Graduate Certificate and how to apply.

Fall Holiday Break

Wednesday, November 23 – Sunday, November 27, 2016
Classes will not meet. Starting Thursday, November 24, campus is closed.


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

Thursday, December 1, 2016.
Please do not hesitate to let us know if you are experiencing any problems as you attempt to upload your application materials. Contact Dr. Zambrana, Graduate Director or Ms. Cliffornia Royals Pryor

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 Ms. Cliffornia Royals Pryor ( or Dr. Ruth Zambrana ( with any additional questions.

Last Day of Fall 2016 Classes

Monday, December 12, 2016
Final exams are scheduled from Wednesday, December 14 through Tuesday, December 20. See more information about the schedule of final exams.

Winter Commencement 2016

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony, Xfinity Center, Tuesday, December 20, 2016, 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 21, 2016, 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.

Graduates participating in the departmental commencement ceremony should report to the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center with their own cap and gown for robing and final instructions between 10:30-11:00 a.m. Lineup will take place in the Dance Theatre. All graduates must check in and pick up a namecard to be given to the director of their program during the ceremony prior to lining up.

Regalia is required for both the departmental and University ceremonies. You are responsible for obtaining your own graduation regalia. You may order your graduation regalia and commemorative accessories in the University Book Center, located in the Stamp Student Union, or by phone.

If you or your guests require special assistance (i.e. wheelchair access and seating, interpreters, etc.) please send an email as soon as possible to Ms. Cliffornia Pryor – specifying your name and the nature of the assistance required.

The Women’s Studies Commencement Ceremony Policy for undergraduate students is that students who have no more than one course (maximum 4 credit hours) remaining to fulfill all department, college, and university requirements may petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Women’s Studies, Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown, for permission to walk in the commencement ceremony. Please contact Dr. Barkley Brown at for more details.

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 –