The Curriculum

Areas of Study

Believing in the importance of combining the creative and the analytical, Sarah Lawrence keeps curricular requirements flexible. You’ll take a total of 10 courses in at least three of the four areas of study, listed below:

Creative and Performing Arts

Dance; Music; Theatre; Visual Arts (Digital Imagery, Drawing, Filmmaking, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture); Writing (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry)

History and the Social Sciences

Anthropology; Asian Studies; Economics; Environmental Studies; Geography; History; Politics; Psychology; Public Policy; Science, Technology, and Society; Sociology


Art History, Dance History, Film History, Languages, Literature, Music History, Philosophy, Religion

Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics

Pre-Health Program

Students interested in pursuing further studies in medicine or other health-related fields may take advantage of the Pre-Health program. The program prepares students academically for medical school and assists in meeting the demands of admission to individual medical or graduate programs. Students supplement required courses in biology, chemistry, and physics with additional courses offered by the division as part of their preparation for the MCATs and postgraduate education. Conference work provides students with additional opportunities to organize original research projects, pursue independent learning, and critically examine professional literature—skills fundamental to future success in medical and graduate schools. Students in the program have significant contact with the pre-health adviser, as well as other faculty members in the division, through conferences, course work, and independent research. Therefore, faculty members with a thorough and personal knowledge of the individual student write letters of recommendation. The pre-health adviser and faculty members also serve as resources for information regarding application procedures, research and volunteer opportunities within the community, structuring of class work, MCAT preparation, and practice interviews.

Disciplines A–Z

Graduate Influence

Undergraduate students pursue their studies alongside about 330 graduate students enrolled in child-centered, health-related, fine arts, and women’s history programs. The presence of these graduate programs—including the nation’s first master’s programs in both human genetics and health advocacy—contributes to a campus-wide culture of high-level scholarship and serious research.

Tuition Savings

Sarah Lawrence’s graduate programs in the Art of Teaching, Child Development, and Women’s History offer undergraduates the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in only five years by beginning their graduate work during senior year—thus saving a year of graduate tuition expense.

Learn more about SLC’s graduate offerings: