Graduation Year


Document Type

Senior Thesis


Bachelor of Arts

Primary Major


Thesis Advisor

Jordan Lieser, PhD


This thesis examines the genesis and growth of Dominican College of San Rafael and explores this institution as a microcosm of California's transformation from a rough-and-tumble frontier territory to the most populous state in the union. Chapters I through III reveal the antecedents of the College, chapters IV and V look at the College foundation in 1889 and expansion through the twentieth century, while chapters VI and VII touch on the challenges facing California and the College since 1960. An overriding theme presented by this thesis is the pioneering role of the Dominican Sisters, a Catholic religious order, in helping to establish education for women in the Golden State. ii