Earn Two Degrees in Five Years

Four of Sarah Lawrence's strong graduate programs offer the opportunity for undergraduate students to begin graduate work during their senior year. In addition, a special combined 3-2 degree program in engineering with Columbia University is also available.

The Art of Teaching: BA & MSEd

The Art of Teaching program gives students a solid philosophical framework and a strong background in current thinking about educational theory and practice, as well as extensive opportunities for classroom research and experience. It provides the tools for teachers to articulate and demonstrate a clearly defined, child-centered, and culturally sensitive approach to education for use in classrooms and schools. And it prepares graduates to become strong leaders and agents of change in the complex and highly demanding profession of early childhood and elementary classroom teaching. The program’s resources include the Early Childhood Center, a laboratory school on the SLC campus, and the Child Development Institute, which offers lectures, conferences, and outreach programs. The program offers three New York State certification tracks, each of which lead to a Master of Science in Education degree.

Child Development: BA & MA

The Child Development program explores the life of the child as the interaction of intellectual, emotional, social, and imaginative streams. Combining in-depth study of primary theoretical perspectives with practical fieldwork, the program encourages students to study children in a wide range of social contexts and environments—among members of their family, peer group, and culture, and within their homes, schools, and neighborhoods. Among resources available to students are the Early Childhood Center, a laboratory school on the SLC campus, and the Child Development Institute, which offers lectures, conferences, and outreach programs. Graduates are prepared for direct work with children in various settings, for teaching child development at an intermediate level, or for pursuing doctoral study in psychology and related fields. The five-year program leads to a Master of Arts degree.

Health Advocacy: BA & MA

The Health Advocacy program educates professionals to improve the health care system and advocate for person-centered care. By integrating analytical discussions of issues that impact the nation’s health with hands-on experiential fieldwork assignments, students are prepared to influence policy, strengthen programs that promote health and wellness and to directly enhance individuals and families capacity to voice and advocate for their concerns. Since 1980, the program has been a leader in defining the field of health advocacy in educating professionals to function successfully improving health care policies, ensuring access to care and initiating changes that improve the well being and health of individuals. Health advocacy graduates work in a field characterized by extraordinary breadth and opportunity. Advocacy careers span the spectrum from patient advocacy in case-based direct service to individuals, to community advocacy initiatives on behalf of geographic or disease-specific populations, to system-level policy-based advocacy activities. The five-year program leads to a Master of Arts degree.

Women’s History: BA & MA

The Women's History program introduces students to the rapidly expanding literature in women’s history, feminist theory, and gender studies; trains them in historical research and interpretation; and encourages them to combine scholarship with activism. Each year, the program sponsors a Women’s History Month Conference, which brings together scholars and activists to explore such issues as Native American women’s lives in urban communities, women’s organizing efforts in poor and new immigrant communities, women’s role in youth movements and the black freedom struggle, queer politics in the new millennium, and women’s experience of war. Sarah Lawrence College was the first to offer a graduate degree in this field, and the program culminates in a Master of Arts.

Engineering: BA & BS with Columbia University

This combined plan program allows students to earn two bachelor's degrees in five years: a bachelor of arts in the liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence and a bachelor of science from Columbia University's Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Both degrees are awarded after completion of the full five-year program: three years at SLC, two at Columbia. Upon successfully fulfilling prerequisite and graduation requirements at SLC, maintaining the necessary overall and prerequisite GPA, and receiving favorable recommendations from SLC faculty, students are prepared to apply for admission to one of the nation's top engineering programs in one of the world's top universities. Employers in and out of engineering fields value the rare combination of problem-solving and technical skills gained through the study of engineering joined with the creative thinking and communications skills developed through passionate study of the liberal arts—giving graduates a competitive advantage. Learn more»

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For more information on any of these programs, contact the Office of Admission at (800) 888-2858 or slcadmit@sarahlawrence.edu.