Master of Arts in Women's History
About the Women's History Program
Founded in 1972, Sarah Lawrence's Master of Arts Program in Women’s History was the first to offer a graduate degree in the field. The program immerses students in a combination of historical studies, feminist theory, and gender studies. It also draws extensively upon resources in the social sciences and literature, and on a legacy of continuing activism both within and outside the College community.
Notable facts about the program:
- An accelerated degree option for students especially concerned with practical applications of historical knowledge to issues of gender policy and advocacy. This option allows students to earn the MA in Women’s History in 15 months of continuous study.
- Advanced undergraduates at SLC may apply to this graduate program and, if admitted, may begin working toward the MA during their senior year
- 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.
- Annual Women’s History Month Conference held the first weekend of March
Fight Like Hell
Gerda Lerner was a visionary who shaped the discipline of women’s history. Not an easy thing to do—and Lerner was, by most accounts, not an easy person to be around. Oral historian Gerry Albarelli ’80 (Writing) revisits the tumultuous early days of the Women’s History program at Sarah Lawrence in the Fall 2013 issue of Sarah Lawrence magazine. Read now»
Joint Degree in Women's History and Law
Through a cooperative agreement with Pace University Law School, known for its Women’s Justice Center, Sarah Lawrence offers students a joint degree in women’s history and law. Students in the program can earn both an M.A. and J.D. in four years instead of the usual five—or they can complete the joint degree on a part-time basis. By earning two degrees, students gain a broader context for thinking and writing about women’s issues and have the educational foundation to advocate for women in more diverse ways.
How to Apply
The preferred application deadline for admission to the Women's History graduate program is March 1, with rolling admissions thereafter.