Women's Studies (WMST)College of Arts and Humanities
2101 Woods Hall, 301-405-6877
Chair: S. Kim (Assoc. Prof. and Chair)
Professors: A. Bolles, B. Dill, K. King, D. Rosenfelt, R. Zambrana
Associate Professors: E. Barkley Brown, M. Rowley, C. Schuler, A. Tambe
Assistant Professors: J. McCune, T. Rodgers
Affiliate Professors: J. Chernela (Anthropology), T. Coletti (English), M. Collins (Comparative Literature), P. Collins (Sociology), S. Cypess (Spanish & Portuguese), S. Desai (Sociology), L. Doherty (Classics), J. Donawerth (English), E. Frederiksen (Germanic Studies), J. Freidenberg (Anthropology), G. Gullickson (History), J. Hallett (Classics), L. Kauffman (English), J. Lin (International Education Policy), S. Logan (English), S. Michel (History), M. Milkie (Sociology), C. Mossman (French & Italian), K. O'Brien (Psychology), V. Orlando (French & Italian), R. Oster (Germanic Studies), M. Paolisso (Anthropology), S. Parry-Giles (Communication), C. Peterson (English), H. Presser (Sociology), S. Ray (English), L. Rosenthal (English), E. Scholnick (Psychology), M. Smith (English), E. Stehle (Classics), 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 (Center for Health Literacy), M. Chico (English), K. Coles ( English), S. Dwyer (Philosophy), C. Eades (French & Italian), J. Enoch (English), M. Geores (Geography), M. Grossman (Jewish Studies), S. Harley (African American Studies), S. Jelen (English), L. Leslie (Family Science), M. Lindemann (English), J. Liu (Asian & East European), C. Lyons (History), S. Madhavan (African American Studies), R. Muncy (History), Z. Nunes (English), K. O'Meara (Higher Education), S. Parks (American Studies), A. Rodriguez (Spanish & Portuguese), K. Rosemblatt (History), M. Sies (American Studies), G. Strauch (Germanic Studies), P. Williams-Forson (American Studies)
Affiliate Assistant Professors: J. Bianchini (History), F. Carpenter (Theatre), L. Felbain (Theatre), L. Frederik Meer (Theatre), C. Hanhardt (American Studies), S. Khamis (Communication), J. Koser (German Studies), M. Liu (Communication), K. Marsh (Asst Prof, Aff Asst Prof), M. Mason (Languages, Literature and Culture), R. Ontiveros (English)
Professors Emeriti: E. Beck (Prof Emerita), C. Moses (Prof Emerita)
Visiting Faculty: A. Kimmich (Visit Asst Prof)
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, and on the significance of gender as a social construct and as an analytical category. The B.A. degree 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. Courses offered by this department may be found under the following acronym: WMST.
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 Women's Studies Certificate Program consists of an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum on women that is designed to supplement a student's major. Any student in good standing may enroll in the certificate program by declaring her/his intention to the Women's Studies office. To qualify for a certificate in Women's Studies, a student will be required to earn 21 credits in Women's Studies courses, nine of which must be at the 300/400 level. No grade below the grade of C- may count toward the certificate. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the certificate is required for graduation.
Advising is mandatory for all majors each semester. Please call 301-405-6877 for an appointment.
As part of the major, students are required to complete an internship. Located near Washington, DC., 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, National Organization for Women, Washington Jewish Women's Project, 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 and the District Alliance for Safe Housing.
The Honors Program is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue rigorous interdisciplinary research and writing under the close supervision and mentorship of a Women's Studies faculty member. Students can be expected to gain a deeper understanding of the field and the critical thinking and writing skills to excel in graduate or professional school or in management level positions in the professional workforce.
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, inclusiveness, and the celebration of the diversity of women's 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 Women's Studies students.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
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
Women's Studies annually recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement and contributions to improving the lives of women and girls through community engagement.