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Gender and Women's Studies

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Carole McCann

Program Faculty

Jodi Kelber-Kaye

Affiliate Professors

Kriste Lindenmeyer
Constantine Vaporis

Affiliate Associate Professors

Jessica Berman
Rebecca Boehling
Anne Brodsky
Gloria I. Chuku
Jean Fernandez
Amy Froide
Marilyn Y. Goldberg
Marjoleine Kars
Ilsa L. Lottes
Patrice McDermott
Sara Z. Poggio
Michelle Scott
Anna M. Shields
Christel N. Temple

Affiliate Assistant Professor

Rebecca Adelman
Dawn Biehler
Sarah Chard
Christine Mallinson
Susan McDonough
Orianne Smith
Shelly Wiechelt

Affiliate Research Assistant Professor

Beverly Bickel

Affiliate Lecturers

Kathy Bryan
Susan McCully
Eileen O'Brien

Courses in this program are listed under GWST.

Gender and women's studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that seeks to understand and articulate how gender makes a difference - in the lives and experiences of women, as well as men; in the practices and institutions of human societies; and in the cultural products of societies, such as art and literature. Emphasizing the importance of historical and cross-cultural perspectives, the Gender and Women's Studies Program at UMBC critically examines the intersections of gender, class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and ability to make visible structures of power that otherwise remain hidden.

Major Program

The major in gender and women’s studies consists of 36 credits, divided as follows:

CORE COURSES (15 credits)

  • GWST 100 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
  • GWST 200 Studies in Feminist Activism
  • GWST 300 Methodologies of Gender and Women’s Studies
  • GWST 480 Theories of Feminism
  • GWST 495 Colloquium: Research and Activism


12 credits must be spread across the three content areas – history and public policy; representations as/in culture; and material, social and technological contexts. The remaining nine (9) credits may be from any non-core approved GWST course. Six (6) of the 21 credits must be designated “range of experience” (RoE) courses.

History and Public Policy (6 credits)

  • GWST/AMST 210 Introduction to Lesbian and Gay Studies (RoE)
  • GWST/HIST 325 History of Women in America to 1870
  • GWST/HIST 326 History of Women in America Since 1870
  • GWST 327/AFST 354/HIST 323 African-American Women’s History (RoE)
  • GWST/POLI 328 Women and Politics
  • GWST 330/ANCS 320 Women and Gender in the Classical World
  • GWST/POLI 338 Women, Gender, and Law
  • GWST 340 Global Perspectives on Gender and Women (RoE)
  • GWST/HIST 374 European Women’s History 1200-1750
  • GWST/HIST 375 European Women’s History 1750-1914
  • GWST/HIST 376 European Women’s History 1914-Present
  • GWST/ SOWK 377 Women and Social Policy
  • GWST/HIST 380 History of Women and Gender in Asia (RoE)
  • GWST/AMST 382 Perspectives on the Family
  • GWST/AFST 439 Women in Africa and The Diaspora (RoE)

Representations as/in Culture (3 credits)

  • GWST/PHIL 258 Introduction to Feminist Philosophy
  • GWST/MLL320 International Feminist Filmmakers (RoE)
  • GWST 321 Queer Representations in Film and TV (RoE)
  • GWST/MLL 322/AFST 347 Women, Gender, and Media
  • GWST 323 Gender and Sitcoms
  • GWST/THTR 349 Women and Theatre
  • GWST/ENGL 364 Perspectives on Women in Literature
  • GWST 365/AFST 360 Black Women Novelists (RoE)
  • GWST/PHIL 391 The Philosophy of Sex
  • GWST/MLL 413 Language, Gender, and Culture
  • GWST/PHIL 458 Advanced Topics in Feminist Philosophy

Material, Social and Technological Contexts (3 credits)

  • GWST/ECON 250 Gender Roles in Economic Life
  • GWST/AMST 310 Gender and Inequality in America
  • GWST/SOCY 332 Human Sexuality in Sociological Perspective
  • GWST/SOCY 333 Human Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • GWST/CMSC/IS 352 Women, Gender and Information Technology
  • GWST/SOCY 353 Marriage and the Family
  • GWST/SOCY 355 The Sociology of Women
  • GWST/PSYC 356 Psychology of Sex and Gender
  • GWST/PSYC 357 Psychology of Women
  • GWST/AFST 370 Black Women: Cross-Cultural Perspectives (RoE)
  • GWST/AFST 371 The Female Offender
  • GWST 378 Women, Gender and Science
  • GWST 381 Cultural Politics of Population in the U.S.
  • GWST/SOCY 433 Gender, Work and Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective (RoE)
  • GWST/SOCY 434 Gender and the Life Course

Note: A maximum of 6 credits of GWST electives may be taken at the 200 level.

A maximum of three GWST independent studies may be counted toward the major, and a maximum of three GWST internship credits may be counted toward the major.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses applied toward the major.