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


Movie Outing – The Hate U Give

On Friday afternoon Nov. 9, 2018, the Department of Women’s Studies will be going to AMC Academy 8 in Greenbelt followed by dinner and discussion at Pho 168, a Vietnamese restaurant near the theatre. The department will provide transportation and dinner. The theatre has confirmed the film will be playing that afternoon at *approximately* 4:30pm, but exact showtimes will not be available until they are publicly released for the week, which happens each Wednesday. We will meet in Woods Hall before showtime and head to the theatre as a group.

This event is limited to 12 students. To request a spot, please RSVP to Dr. Mathiason at

RSVPs will be accepted through November 7, though spots may fill beforehand, so get in touch soon!

$tart $mart – Salary Negotiation Workshop

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 5:15-7:45pm, 1119 Susquehanna Hall
Registration is required. Seating is limited, so register today!
(log in with your directory ID and password)
The Department of Women’s Studies is sponsoring an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop. Developed by the AAUW, the Start Smart workshop educates about the gender gap in pay while equipping college students to face the job market with confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate better salaries and benefits. Attendees will gain valuable salary negotiation skills by learning how the gender wage gap affects their lives, how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs, how to benchmark salary and benefits, and how to negotiate for a salary.

FREE and open to any University of Maryland student.

For questions, please contact: Professor Barkley Brown, Department of Women’s Studies, at or Kate Juhl, University Career Center, College of Arts and Humanities –

Toxic Ivory Towers: The Consequences of Work Stress on Underrepresented Minority Faculty
A conversation with Ruth Enid Zambrana, Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Women’s Studies, Director of the Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity.

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4-5:30pm, McKeldin 6137 (Special Events Room)
A Speaking of Books..Conversations with Campus Authors event sponsored by the University Libraries.
Toxic Ivory Towers seeks to document the professional work experiences of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty in U.S. higher education, and simultaneously address the social and economic inequalities in their life course trajectory. Ruth Enid Zambrana finds that despite the changing demographics of the nation, the percentages of Black and Hispanic faculty have increased only slightly, while the percentages obtaining tenure and earning promotion to full professor have remained relatively stagnant. Toxic Ivory Towers is the first book to take a look at the institutional factors impacting the ability of URM faculty to be successful at their jobs, and to flourish in academia. The book captures not only how various dimensions of identity inequality are expressed in the academy and how these social statuses influence the health and well-being of URM faculty, but also how institutional policies and practices can be used to transform the culture of an institution to increase rates of retention and promotion so URM faculty can thrive.

Apply for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

Deadline Thursday, November 15, 2018
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 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

Monday, December 3, 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 –