LGBT Studies Program

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies

The Department of Women's Studies, in the College of Arts and Humanities, offers an undergraduate certificate and minor in LGBT Studies, in addition to the B.A. and undergraduate certificate in Women's Studies and a joint minor in Black Women's Studies (with African American Studies).

The certificate in LGBT Studies is a 21-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 15 required and 6 elective credits designed to complement any student's major field of study. The minor in LGBT Studies is a 15-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 12 required and 3 elective credits.

We encourage current UMD undergraduates interested in any of these five programs of study to contact the Department of Women's Studies.

Women of Color Feminisms, Art, Culture, and
The Humanities Symposium

Friday, September 16, 2016
9:15am - 4:30pm, 1100 Tawes Hall
University of Maryland

Full schedule and online registration at

"The time has come for us to reimagine everything...We have to reimagine ourselves." -- Grace Lee Boggs


Inspired by the words of revolutionary Grace Lee Boggs, this daylong event will be a transformative interdisciplinary conversation between 12 emerging dynamic scholars in the fields of Gender and Sexuality Studies, American Studies, Asian American Studies, and African American Studies. Speakers will provide critical discussion about subjects such as black feminist sexual politics, surveillance studies, immigration, the war on terror, HIV/AIDS and black communities, Chicana feminist praxis and digital humanities, queer of color performance art and culture, and interrogations of the human and art that speak to the important imaginative work Boggs understood as vital to social justice, activism, and revolution.

We are located in 2101 Woods Hall,
The Department of Women's Studies


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Welcome/Welcome Back Lunch for WMST/LGBT Studies Undergraduate Students - Wed., 9/7, 11a:45am-2pm, 2101 Woods Hall
Meet & greet professors, classmates, new and old friends!

NWSA Undergraduate Award - Deadline Tues. 9/20, 4pm
Are you a UMD undergraduate student in good standing who has completed 12 credits of WMST and/or LGBT courses? If so, you are eligible to apply to participate in the 2016 National Women’s Studies Association Conference in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, November 10-13. The award will cover transportation, hotel, conference registration, and food. For full details and how to apply visit

Laura Nichols Award - Deadline Mon. 09/26, 4pm
From her arrival at the University of Maryland in 1987 to her retirement in 2014, Laura Nichols was a key staff member in Women’s Studies and an important advocate for equality and inclusiveness in the university as a whole. The Laura Nichols Award recognizes undergraduate students who exemplify her commitment to feminist principles and social change through their scholarship, service, activism, and/or creative endeavor. Women’s Studies majors and certificates, Black Women’s Studies minors, and LGBT Studies certificates and minors are all eligible. For full details and how to apply, visit

Tenure-track Position - Apply Online
Best Consideration Sept. 23, 2016
The Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland announces a full-time tenure-track position for an assistant professor specializing in LGBTQ studies.

The successful candidate will be able to work across mulitple disciplines and have expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Critical Race, Queer, or Transgender Theory/Studies/Policy
  • Disability Studies/Crip Theory
  • Transnational Genders and Sexualities, esp. Masculinities Across Racial Lines
  • Gender and Sexuality in Performance Studies and Visual Culture
  • WMST/LGBT Undergraduate E-Newsletter
    The Department of Women's Studies introduces a regular e-newsletter for undergraduate students with information of relevance to those in the WMST major and certificate program, the LGBT Studies certificate and minor program, and the Black Women’s Studies minor. This newsletter will serve as a clearinghouse for announcements about upcoming events and deadlines as well as internship, research, and job opportunities. Find the Undergraduate E-Newsletter here.

    Want to find out more about the certificate or minor in LGBT Studies? To make an advising appointment, or to sign up for the minor or certifcate in LGBT Studies, go to and select an available slot.

    Register as an Alumnus
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    For more news and events, visit the Department of Women's Studies hompepage

    For other current events on campus check with the LGBT Equity Center, the The One Project, the Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy office, the Pride Alliance.