School of Arts and Humanities

About Arts & Humanities

Meet Dr. Deirdre Pettipiece

See Dean Pettipiece on NBC's "The Debrief" with David Ushery

pettipiece Welcome to the School of Arts and Humanities! As the School’s Dean, it is a pleasure to serve the departments that fulfill the College's mission of offering a Liberal Arts Education with strong and vital creative programs. Our courses and degree programs are among the best in the Bronx, and each year we produce numerous art exhibitions, dance recitals, musical performances, television shows, and theatrical productions each year. Our faculty features a former Poet Laureate, an Oscar-winning composer, an Emmy-winning television series producer, actors, artists, art historians, CGI animators, dancers, historians, journalists, literary critics, novelists, performance artists, philosophers, poets, writers...all leaders in their respective fields. They are an exceptionally talented and active artist-scholar-teacher group, dedicated to training a new generation of talent.

A liberal arts education is an important step to becoming broadly successful in life. Lehman’s School of Arts and Humanities offers vibrant programs in performing arts, visual arts, and in humanities, all to facilitate students developing their creativity, critical thinking skills, and problem solving abilities. Twenty-first century employers understand that these skills are vital to an increasingly diverse global workforce. Our school’s faculty and administrators are devoted to continuously improving the quality of our teaching and our course and program offerings because we are committed to producing the best-educated Arts and Humanities graduates possible.

The school is home to nine departments that offer undergraduate courses and Bachelors degree programs in: African and African American Studies; Art; Art History; Black Studies; Communication; Comparative Literature; Computer Graphics & Imaging (CGI); Dance/Performance; English; French; History; Italian; Journalism; Languages and Literatures; Latin, Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies; Linguistics; Music; Music Education; Philosophy; Spanish; and Theater/Performance. It also hosts eight interdisciplinary programs in American Studies, Business and Liberal Arts (BALA), Comparative Literature, Computer Graphics Imaging (CGI), Disabilities Studies, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, and Women's Studies. Additionally, the school of A&H offers graduate programs that include an MA and MFA in Art, an MEd in Art Eduction, and MAs in English, History, and Spanish, as well as an MAT in Applied Music and Music Teaching. For more information on undergraduate and graduate programs see the Undergraduate Bulletin, or the Graduate Bulletin.

All of the School’s departments and interdisciplinary programs are active participants in the LEH 300 and 301 interdisciplinary courses (Studies in the Humanities and the Sciences and The American Experience), in the seven General Education distribution areas, and in the Freshman Year Initiative. The School collaborates closely with two local high schools: the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, located directly across the street from the College, and the nearby Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music. Finally, the School also oversees the work of the Institute for Irish American Studies; the City and Humanities program; the Bronx Journal; and Lehman Stages, which includes the Dance Lab, Lovinger Theatre, Studio Theatre, the Student Experimental Theatre.

Please learn more about what the School of Arts and Humanities has to offer by clicking on the departmental links and program home pages—or better yet, visit the campus to see a show, attend an art exhibit, or to meet with a faculty adviser.

Last modified: Oct 15, 2014

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