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Welcome to the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Learn about the undergraduate program with this new video from Chair Neda AtanasoskiRead More about Welcome and Introduction to the WGSS Department
Women’s Studies Chooses Icon of Freedom as Namesake
Abolitionist, suffragist Harriet Tubman symbolizes department’s commitment to values.Read More about Women’s Studies Chooses Icon of Freedom as Namesake
The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maryland offers comprehensive programs in undergraduate and graduate education, with a range of interdisciplinary programs and opportunities for students interested in exploring how the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, ability and other inequalities configure historical and contemporary struggles for social change.
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Why Harriet Tubman?
Our new name reflects shifts in the field, our faculty’s areas of expertise, and our programmatic and curricula changes on becoming the new home for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program in 2013. Our new name also signals our newly revised B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as our revised certificates in LGBTQ Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and our minors in Black Women’s Studies (jointly offered with the Department of African American Studies since 2005) and LGBTQ Studies.Learn more about the department name change.
D.C. Queer Studies
In conjunction with the official start of the LGBTQ Studies Program at the University of Maryland in 2003, the department launched an LGBT Studies Speaker Series. In 2006, a group of faculty from schools in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area formed to discuss new works in the field and to exchange, support, and cultivate new ways of engaging with LGBT/Queer/Sexuality Studies across the disciplines and across institutions. That group, the DC Queer Studies Consortium, was integral to the inception of the first DC Queer Studies Symposium in 2008. The DC Queer Studies Consortium has since dissolved, but the UMD Department of Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies Program have continued to organize a spring lecture or symposium.Browse the D.C. Queer Studies Archives