Sarah Lawrence CollegeSarah Lawrence College was established by William Van Duzer Lawrence on the grounds of his estate in Westchester County in 1926. With Henry Noble MacCracken, then President of Vassar College, Lawrence founded a junior college for women in honor of his wife, Sarah Bates Lawrence. The College was originally intended to provide instruction in the arts and humanities for women. Its pedagogy, modeled on the tutorial system of Oxford University, combined independent research projects, individually supervised by the teaching faculty, and seminars with a low student-to-faculty ratio. Sarah Lawrence was the first liberal arts college in the United States to incorporate a rigorous approach to the arts with the principles of progressive education, focusing on the primacy of teaching and the concentration of curricular efforts on individual needs. In 1946, the first men were admitted into Sarah Lawrence under the G.I. Bill and in 1968, the college became a coeducational institution.

Today, the college offers a dynamic community of internationally renowned scholars, writers, scientists, and artists. Students are able to pursue individualized courses of study, meet regularly with their professors, and deeply explore their interests. Instead of traditional majors, students pursue a wide variety of courses in four different curricular categories: the creative arts, history and the social sciences, the humanities, and natural science and mathematics. In 1949, Sarah Lawrence began offering graduate degrees. In 1969, the college established the Human Genetics Program, the first graduate-level genetic counselor training program in the United States and in 1980 the first master’s degree program in Health Advocacy. The Women’s History Graduate Program, established in 1972 was the first in the nation. Other graduate degree programs include MFA programs in Writing, Dance and Theatre, a new program in Dance/Movement Therapy, graduate programs in Child Development and Art of Teaching for early childhood and childhood education and two joint degree programs in child development and social work and women’s history and law.

Contact Information
Angela Cherubini
Director, Office of Career Counseling
Sarah Lawrence College
1 Mead Way, Bronxville, NY 10708
Phone: (914) 395-2566
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Degrees Offered
Liberal Arts
Art History
Asian Studies
Film History and Filmmaking
Modern Language and Literature
Visual Arts
Women’s Studies
Child Development
Women’s History
Human Genetics
Health Advocacy
Art of Teaching

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