Women's Studies (WMST)College of Arts and Humanities
2101 Woods Hall, 301-405-6877
Chair: R. Muncy (Professor and Interim Chair)
Professors: B. Dill, K. King, R. Zambrana
Associate Professors: E. Barkley Brown, L. Horton-Stallings, M. Rowley, C. Schuler, A. Tambe
Assistant Professors: R. Benedicto, A. Lothian
Lecturers: D. Doster, J. Enszer
Affiliate Professors: K. Bartol (Management & Organization), J. Chernela (Anthropology), T. Coletti (English), M. Collins (Comparative Literature), P. Collins (Sociology), S. Desai (Sociology), L. Doherty (Classics), J. Donawerth (English), E. Frederiksen (Germanic Studies), J. Freidenberg (Anthropology), J. Hallett (Classics), L. Kauffman (English), F. Keshavarz-Karamustafa (Persian Studies), S. Klees (International Education Policy), J. Lin (International Education Policy), S. Logan (English), H. Mahmoudi (Bahai Chair for World Peace), C. Mossman (French & Italian), R. Muncy (History), K. O'Brien (Psychology), K. O'Meara (Higher Education), V. Orlando (French & Italian), R. Oster (Germanic Studies), M. Palmer (Entomology), J. Paoletti (American Studies), M. Paolisso (Anthropology), S. Parry-Giles (Communication), S. Ray (English), L. Rosenthal (English), M. Smith (English), L. Steiner (Journalism), N. Stromquist (International and Comparative Education), N. Struna (American Studies), E. Toth (Communication), M. Washington (English), M. Zilfi (History)
Affiliate Associate Professors: L. Aldoory (Communication), H. Baer (German), J. Bianchini (History), F. Carpenter (Theatre), T. Chico (English), K. Coles ( English), S. Dwyer (Philosophy), C. Eades (French & Italian), J. Enoch (English), J. Farman (American Studies), L. Felbain (Theatre), L. Frederik Meer (Theatre), M. Geores (Geography), M. Grossman (Jewish Studies), C. Hanhardt (American Studies), S. Harley (African American Studies), S. Jelen (English), S. Khamis (Communication), M. Kleykamp (Sociology), J. Koser (Germanic Studies), L. Leslie (Family Science), M. Lindemann (English), C. Lyons (History), S. Madhavan (African American Studies), K. Marsh (Sociology), M. Mason (Languages, Literature and Culture), Z. Nunes (English), R. Ontiveros (English), S. Parks (American Studies), M. Penrose (Spanish), A. Rodriguez (Spanish & Portuguese), K. Rosemblatt (History), D. Sartorius (History), M. Sies (American Studies), P. Williams-Forson (American Studies), J. Wong (American Studies)
Affiliate Assistant Professors: M. Baillargeon (French), L. Bruce (American Studies), R. Ray (Sociology), T. Sangaramoorthy (Anthropology)
Professors Emeriti: E. Beck, A. Bolles, S. Kim, C. Moses, D. Rosenfelt
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 sees itself as a force for change in the world, change which leads toward intellectual freedom, social justice, and equality for all people. We do this by providing an outstanding education in women, gender, race, and sexuality studies through excellent teaching, engaged mentoring, path-breaking research and scholarship, and dedicated community service.
The Women’s Studies major offers students a coherent but flexible program of study examining scholarship and theory on the history, status, contributions, and experiences of women in diverse cultural communities; the lives, experiences, identities, and representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people; the significance of gender as a social construct and as an analytical category; and an understanding of race as a structural and historical formation in the context of power.
The B.A. degree 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. We seek to develop a new generation of scholars and leaders who, with us, will work to acknowledge, understand, and critically interrogate human differences.
To achieve these goals each student meets every semester with an academic advisor to plan a course of study tailored to individual interests and goals.
In addition to the B.A. in Women's Studies, the department also offers two certificate programs and two minors.
Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronyms: WMST, LGBT.
Program Learning Outcomes
Students are expected to fully engage with the curriculum and the opportunities presented for learning and research. Having completed the Women’s Studies degree program, students should have acquired the following knowledge, skills, and practices:
Academic Programs and Departmental Facilities
The Women’s Studies Multimedia Studio is a multi-purpose event space and lab dedicated to fostering connections between Women’s Studies and digital humanities by engaging issues of identity and difference through art, performance, media activism, and interdisciplinary scholarship.
Requirements for the Major
Students will earn a total of 39-42 credit hours, distributed as indicated below. Drawing from approximately fifty courses, many of which are cross-listed with other academic units, students will have the opportunity to design an emphasis within the major relevant to their special interests. A number of courses may count in more than one category. At least 30 credits must be at or above the 300 level. No course with a grade less than "C-" may be used to satisfy the major. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation. Students will design their programs in consultation with a Women's Studies advisor.
Requirements for the Minor
Joint Minor in Black Women's Studies
College of Arts and Humanities
WMST263/AASP203 Introduction to Black Women's Studies
Area III - Social Sciences (3 credits)
WMST265/AASP213 Constructions of Manhood and Womanhood in the Black Community
To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors
The LGBT minor in the Department of Women's Studies is a 15 credit program which provides students an opportunity for interdisciplinary study of the lives, experiences, identities, and representations of LGBT people. This course of study provides solid grounding in the major concepts and methods that define studies of sex, gender, and gender identity today.
• Appropriate substitutions for courses listed in categories 2 through 4 above may be made with approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Women's Studies.
To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to www.arhu.umd.edu/undergraduate/academics/minors
The Department of Women’s Studies offers two undergraduate certificate programs. Any student in good standing in the university may enroll in either certificate program by declaring their intention to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Women’s Studies.
The Women's Studies Certificate Program consists of an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum on women and gender. To qualify for this certificate, a student will be required to earn 21 credits in Women's Studies courses, nine of which must be at the 300/400 level.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Certificate Program provides students an opportunity for interdisciplinary study of the lives, experiences, identities, and representations of LGBT people. To qualify for this certificate, a student will be required to earn 21 credits in LGBT or related courses.
No grade below the grade of "C-" may count toward a certificate. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the certificate program is required for graduation.
Advising is mandatory for all majors each semester. Please call 301-405-6827 for an appointment.
Certificate students and minors are also encouraged to consult with the Department of Women's Studies academic advisor prior to registration each semester.
As part of the major, students are required to complete a hands-on, practical learning experience. They may do so through an internship or a feminist pedagogy course.
Students seek internship opportunities in local, state and federal governments, non-profit organizations, policy and research institutions as well as agencies committed to social change. Student internship sites have included: League of Women Voters of Maryland, Sinister Wisdom lesbian literary and art journal, National Organization for Women, Jewish Women International, Institute for Women's Policy Research, Asian Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project, State of Maryland Lt. Governor's Office, D.C. Rape Crisis Center, the District Alliance for Safe Housing, the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland, and Calvert OB/GYN Associates.
Students who complete this requirement through the feminist pedagogy course work closely with a faculty member in an undergraduate course in Women's Studies, studying feminist theories of learning and assisting in the planning and delivery of the course.
The Honors Program is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue an area of passionate academic interest in greater depth than that allowed by formal classes. Honors students engage in rigorous interdisciplinary research under the close supervision and mentorship of a Women's Studies faculty member. Students can be expected to gain a deeper understanding of some aspect of women's, gender, and/or sexuality studies and to develop habits of self-reliance, individual initative, and critical analysis. The culminating thesis may be a sustained piece of writing or a substantial creative or activist project.
Student Societies and Professional Organizations
Iota, Iota, Iota (Triota) is the Women's Studies Honor Society. This organization strives to maintain feminist values of egalitarianism and inclusiveness. It celebrates the diversity of experiences that are central to Women's Studies. Triota works to promote student research and activism in socio-political issues that affect all minority groups and aims to recognize and promote the academic achievements of students enrolled in Women's Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies courses.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
The Novak Family TerpStart Endowed Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student participating in the department's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program. For information and requirements, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (301-405-7710).
The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) administers all types of federal, state and institutional financial assistance programs and, in cooperation with other university offices, participates in the awarding of scholarships to deserving students. For information, visit: www.financialaid.umd.edu .
Awards and Recognition
The Women’s Studies Department administers a variety of awards and grants to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship, research, leadership and service.
Each fall the department awards travel funds to support the participation of undergraduate students in the National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Any student in the university who has completed 12 credits of WMST and/or LGBT courses is eligible to apply for the NWSA travel award.
Majors are eligible to apply for Academic Enrichment funds for research travel, participation in academic or leadership conferences and workshops, or other activities that will enhance their education in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies.
The Laura Nichols Award recognizes student commitment to equality, inclusion, and social change.
Additionally, at its commencement ceremony, the department recognizes graduates who have excelled in academics or in service to the campus and community.
For information on any of these awards, including how to apply, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.