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Courses and Areas of Study
No confining majors, just endless opportunities

With hundreds of courses across nearly 50 disciplines, Sarah Lawrence encourages exploration—without excessive requirements or the limitations of majors. That’s right, no majors here. Instead, we have concentrations, which means you have enormous flexibility in building an individualized program of study. With the help of your “don,” the adviser who works closely with you throughout your time at the College, you’ll tailor your program to your evolving interests and curiosities. As you pursue your studies, you’re free to change direction or explore new territory as you discover and deepen your focus.

In the pursuit of your studies, at any given time, you’ll be enrolled in three courses—called "thirds"—each worth 5 or 10 credits toward the 120 needed (with no more than 50 in one discipline) for the Bachelor of Arts degree. By taking a wide range of courses, you’ll not only extend your understanding of your chosen concentration, or primary area of interest, but also discover new interests. A dance student, for example, can gain much from a course in anthropology. An interest in environmental science can strengthen and evolve with courses in economics or political science. The benefits of exploring new territory are unlimited.

Each of your three courses usually includes conference work. By effectively doubling the learning experience, conference work makes those three courses approximate six elsewhere. For a semester-long course, you would complete a single conference project; for a yearlong course, you might choose to pursue a single yearlong project or two semester-long projects.

Areas of Study

Until you try it, how do you know whether or not you’ll like it? As a Sarah Lawrence undergraduate, you’ll take courses from at least three of the following four areas of study:

Creative and Performing Arts
Dance; Music; Theatre; Visual Arts (Digital Imagery, Drawing, Filmmaking, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture); Writing (Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry). Explore the Creative and Performing Arts»

History and the Social Sciences
Anthropology; Asian Studies; Economics; Environmental Studies; Geography; History; Politics; Psychology; Public Policy; Science, Technology, and Society; Sociology. Explore History and the Social Sciences»

Humanities
Art History; Dance History; Film History; Languages; Literature; Music History; Philosophy, Religion. Explore the Humanities»

Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Mathematics; Physics. Explore Natural Sciences and Mathematics»

Interviewing Professors: A Rewarding Process

Before you choose your classes, wouldn’t it be nice to know what to expect? At Sarah Lawrence, you can. Through the College’s unique tradition of preliminary interviews, students meet with professors to learn about courses they’re considering. In 15-minute conversations, faculty members acquaint students with course content, teaching style, and expectations. Students, in turn, describe what draws them to the course. In the process, they get to know something about each other. Because so much of a Sarah Lawrence education depends on relationships with faculty, the opportunity to interview potential professors is especially important. With only three courses at any one time, you want them to be as right and exciting for you as possible—and your professors do, too.

With hundreds of courses across nearly 50 disciplines, Sarah Lawrence encourages exploration—without excessive requirements or the limitations of majors. As you design your education, you’ll be enrolled in three courses—each of which usually includes conference work. By effectively doubling the learning experience, conference work makes those three courses more like six elsewhere.

Look Deeper

The Course Catalogue Search lets you browse current offerings in every area of study. Search by keyword, discipline, or faculty member. Search the current catalogue»


Mind and Body

To help ensure a healthy and holistic education, all students are required to take four credits of physical education. The first half of these are completed in the first year to establish healthy habits early. Courses offered have included aerobics, basketball, bowling, dance, fencing, nutrition, softball, squash, swimming, tai chi, tennis, and yoga. Learn more about Physical Education at SLC»