1 Graduate Studies Master s Degree in WOMEN S HISTORY UNEQUAL SISTERS: A Multicultural Reader in US Women s History FEMINISM & HISTORY Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement Desiring Revolution: Second-Wave Feminism FORGED UNDER THE SUN THIS BRIDGE CALLED MY BACK: WRITINGS BY RADICAL WOMEN OF COLOR
2 This program has a long history of intellectual rigor... and also a long history of social activism. And Sarah Lawrence is an ideal place to learn. The graduate students have access to absolutely wonderful mentors. Mary Reynolds, Organizer, Unite Here Safira Bandele Black Feminism, Black Power Conference
3 The Sarah Lawrence master of arts degree program in women s history provides rigorous training in the practice of historical research and interpretation. We encourage students to explore gender studies and feminist theory, social sciences, literature, and areas that interest them. All students conduct original research, and activists usually integrate their personal missions into their courses of study. A joint degree in women s history and law is offered in cooperation with Pace University Law School. Students in this program earn both a Master of Arts and a Juris Doctor. By taking courses that count toward both degrees, students in the joint program can earn the MA and the JD in four years of full-time study. This program may also be completed on a part-time basis. Going to Sarah Lawrence was one of the best decisions I ever made.... They were very, very supportive of me.... That s the way education should be. You open doors for people. Kyes Stevens, Teacher, Federal Correctional Institution and Julia Tutweiler State Women s Prison, Alabama
4 I gained much more intellectual confidence from my time at Sarah Lawrence. I entered the program with specific ideas of my own, but was exposed to so much more that I had to continually evolve and rework my thinking. Lea Osborne, Processing Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Women s History at Sarah Lawrence College Founded in 1972, ours was the first women s history program to offer a graduate degree. Established by Gerda Lerner renowned teacher, author, and pioneer in women s history the program is distinguished by its grounding in historical studies, its flexible multidisciplinary approach, and its legacy of activism. We are a community of faculty and students who support one another creatively, academically, and personally.
5 OPPORTUNITY TO CRAFT YOUR OWN CURRICULUM Our diverse student body takes many different routes toward the master s degree. With guidance and mentoring from faculty, students are free to explore their interests and passions, whether they tend toward scholarship, activism, or both. In addition to seminars in history, students routinely take electives in other fields, and many earn credit through fieldwork or independent study. LAUNCHING PAD FOR PROFESSIONALS AND SCHOLARS Sarah Lawrence s excellent reputation opens doors to many successful careers. Our graduates have entered various professions, ranging from law to business, journalism, psychotherapy, and the clergy. The MA in women s history has also been the first step toward distinguished academic careers. A LONG TRADITION OF ACTIVISM Our Women s History Program excels at combining scholarship and activism. We are a community of people deeply engaged with the world. Activist students have earned credits by doing fieldwork with reproductive rights organizations, labor unions, and other groups. DIVERSE FACULTY A small faculty in women s history is enriched by professors from other fields, including literature; anthropology; Africana studies; sociology; economics; Asian studies; art history; psychology; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies; and more. THE SARAH LAWRENCE EDUCATIONAL APPROACH Sarah Lawrence is well known for its firm commitment to individualized learning and close interaction between students and faculty. In the Women s History Program as in the undergraduate college, course work occurs in small seminars and regular one-on-one conferences in which students meet with professors to develop independent research projects. Samples from a Broad Array of Courses Visions/Revisions: Issues in US Women s History Public Stories, Private Lives: Methods of Oral History Modern American Women s Movements Politics of Migration 1999 Native Women Weaving Urban Traditions: An Exploration of Indigenous Women in Urban Communities 2000 From the Other Side of Prosperity: Women Speak Out 2001 On the Front Lines: Women s Activism in New Immigrant Communities 2002 A Luta Continua! (The Struggle Continues): Youth Activism in the 21st Century Gender and Nationalism Queer Theory: A History Urban & Ethnic Experience in US History The Cuban Revolution Body Politics 2003 Sisters in Struggle: Honoring Women Veterans of the Modern Civil Rights Movement 2004 Orange Alert: Unite to Defeat the Bush Agenda! 2005 Women s Stories/Women s Lives: Making Sense of Experience 2006 Dangerous Desires: Queer Politics in the New Millennium 2007 Women at War: Soldiers, Sisters, Survivors Histories of Race and Gender in the US Southwest Alterity: Women and Orientalism Revolutionary Women Tourism and Empire around the World Annual Women s History Month Conference: Where Activists and Scholars Meet 2008 Black Power, Black Feminism: Black Women s Activism and Development of Womanist/Feminist Consciousness in the Era of Black Power 2009 Gender and Power in the Muslim World 2010 The Message Is in the Music: Hip Hop Feminism, Riot Grrrl, Latina Music, and More 2011 Breaking Boundaries: Body Politics and the Dynamics of Difference
6 Program Requirements Students must complete 36 course credits and a master s thesis. This can be accomplished in two years on a full-time basis, or three years or more on a part-time basis. ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS Applicants must have received a Bachelor of Arts or equivalent degree. Previous college work is expected to be at 3.0 or higher and should reflect advanced study. The GRE is not required. Sarah Lawrence recognizes that people have assets that are not measurable in standardized tests. Applicants for the joint program in women s history and law must be admitted to Pace as well. APPLICATION PROCESS Submit an application, two references, and official transcripts of undergraduate work. You may download the women s history application from our Web site at and click on Apply. We invite you to visit our campus and attend a seminar. SUBMISSION DATE Applications and supporting documentation must be received by February 1. FINANCIAL AID All Sarah Lawrence College students are welcome to apply for financial aid. The College makes financial aid awards to incoming students on the basis of need. To learn more, visit our Web site: To request a copy of our Graduate Financing brochure, call (914) or FOR AN APPLICATION Office of Graduate Studies Slonim House Sarah Lawrence College 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY (914) FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR AN APPOINTMENT TO VISIT Priscilla Murolo, Co-Director Rona Holub, Co-Director Tara James, Associate Director Women s History Program (914)
7 The emphasis on teaching at Sarah Lawrence is legendary, and I have adopted some of the same techniques I encountered.... I am inspired by the way SLC faculty balance teaching and research demands: they produce top-notch scholarship while dedicating enormous time and resources to their students. Jessie Ramey, PhD, History, Carnegie Mellon University; winner of the 2010 Lerner-Scott Prize for best dissertation on US women s history WHAT OUR GRADUATES DO Organizers and activists promote various agendas including women s equality and reproductive freedom; prison reform; social justice for workers and immigrants; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues; HIV/AIDs education; community arts and media projects; global peace and human rights; and movements against racism. WHERE SOME OF OUR GRADUATES WORK ASCAP Foundation Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Federal Correctional Institution, Alabama Global Kids, Inc. Helen Keller Services for the Blind New Directions for Women New York City Department of Employment New York Public Library New York University Osgood Hall Law School (Ontario, Canada) Rainbow Media, Inc. Rebuilding Together Peninsula (OR) San Diego State University Student Health Center, New School for Social Research Tisch Library at Tufts University University of Wisconsin Madison Vermont Governor s Office Women s Choices Program, Center for Community Alternatives Yale Psychiatric Institute Professors, scholars, and teachers successfully proceed to positions in secondary schools or to doctoral programs that lead to academic positions in colleges and universities. They work in disciplines that range from history to American studies, women s studies, literature, African-American studies, and more. Managers at foundations, government agencies, and other nonprofit organizations design and operate programs that address various social needs. For example, our graduates are doing innovative work in prisons, global education, and public health. Researchers, librarians, and archivists apply their research skills as independent consultants or in libraries, historical societies, and academic institutions. SLC /10
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