The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) has a global reputation for innovative theoretical and methodological interventions and for its attention to curriculum transformation and global women’s studies institution building.
What is Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies?
Women, gender and sexuality 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 and faculty at the University of Maryland enjoy a global reputation for innovative theoretical and methodological interventions and for their attention to curriculum transformation and global women, gender and sexuality studies institution building. With a core faculty of eight and more than 80 affiliate faculty from across the campus, the department offers a B.A., M.A./Ph.D; undergraduate and graduate certificates in women, gender and sexuality studies; a minor in Black women’s studies; and undergraduate minors and certificates in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies.
There is no limit to what can be done with a degree from the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies. Our undergraduate programs prepare students for positions in a wide range of fields, including in government, policy, research and service organizations that focus on women’s issues. Majors learn writing, critical thinking, research, public presentation and leadership skills that are valued by many employers, who are increasingly aware of gender and diversity issues.Learn more
The University of Maryland is one of a small number of universities in the U.S. to offer a doctoral degree in the interdisciplinary field of women, gender, and sexuality studies. The department enjoys a global reputation for new methodologies and exciting new research. Our students and alumni are building new fields of study and reimagining the future of feminist thought across, within and beyond academia.Learn More