Master of Arts in Women's History
at Sarah Lawrence College

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Director

E-mail Mary

914.395.2655

This pioneering MA invites you to rethink the role of women and gender in society, providing new intersectional, theoretical and methodological approaches to one of the most exciting areas of history. Built on a legacy of political activism and social justice, this program was the first of its kind in the country and remains one of the few places that gives you the opportunity to do individualized research at the MA level. Graduates learn to be close, deep readers of historical texts, cogent analysts of historical evidence, and strong writers, using that training in their professional lives to address some of today’s most pressing problems.

Why pursue your Master’s degree in Women’s History at Sarah Lawrence?

  • You will have the opportunity to do individualized research working one on one with nationally recognized faculty
  • We offer an intersectional approach studies of women, race, class, sexual orientation, religion, disability and gender
  • You will develop analytical skills, writing skills of all kinds, the ability to do oral presentations, close readings of work, and both macro and micro analyses of historical phenomena and current issues.
  • This program facilitates entrance into top PhD programs and more expansive career opportunities
  • Our graduates have gone onto lucrative, successful, and meaningful careers in academia, law, public policy, non-profit work, teaching, and more, and many are leaders in their fields in relation to questions of women, sexuality and gender.

Curriculum

Program Requirements

A total of 48 course credits (24 credits per year) are required for an MA in Women’s History. The majority of credits are earned in seminars in which students undertake conference work (independent research) in close consultation with professors.

  • Research Seminar (10 credits)
  • Visions/Revisions: Issues in the History of Women and Gender (10 credits)
  • History Colloquium (4 credits)
  • Research Methods Workshop (noncredit)
  • Thesis Seminar (10 credits)
  • Independent study with thesis adviser (2 credits)
  • Master’s Thesis (12 credits)

Typical Course of Study

Two-Year Program

While most students will follow the program outlined below, other arrangements may be available depending on a student’s previous academic experience and individual needs. At the discretion of program faculty, students may be awarded transfer credits for graduate courses completed elsewhere.

Research seminars vary from year to year. Visions/Revisions, History Colloquium, and the Thesis Seminar are offered annually.

Year 1

  • Visions/Revisions: Issues in Women’s History (10 credits)
  • Research seminar (10 credits)
  • History Colloquium (4 credits)
  • Research Methods Workshop (noncredit)

Year 2

  • Thesis Seminar (10 credits)
  • Independent study with thesis adviser (2 credits)
  • Master’s Thesis (12 credits)

Joint Degree in Women’s History and Law

In cooperation with Pace University, Sarah Lawrence College offers a joint degree in Women’s History and Law.

By earning two degrees, students gain a broader context for thinking and writing about women’s issues and the educational foundation to advocate for women in more diverse ways and from a position of greater authority.

Learn more about the joint degree program

Master’s Thesis

MA students complete a master’s thesis during the second year of the program. The thesis must: be well written; be based on primary research along with relevant secondary literature; present an original argument grounded in historical evidence; and demonstrate the author’s analytical skill and methodological rigor.

See a complete listing of past master's theses

Sample Part-Time Tracks

Three-Year Track

Year 1

  • Visions/Revisions
  • Research Methods

Year 2

  • Research Seminar
  • History Colloquium

Year 3

  • Thesis Seminar
Four-Year Track 

Year 1

  • Visions/Revisions

Year 2

  • Research Seminar
  • Research Methods

Year 3

  • History Colloquium

Year 4

  • Thesis Seminar