School of Arts and Humanities

About Arts & Humanities

Meet Dr. Deirdre Pettipiece

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pettipiece Welcome to Arts and Humanities at Lehman College! As the Dean, it is a pleasure to introduce The School of Arts and Humanities, a school that serves the College’s mission of Liberal Arts Education with strong, vital programs in the arts and humanities. The arts at Lehman are among the strongest suits in Lehman’s mission to serve its students and the community, whether through the College’s numerous theatrical and musical performances or exhibits in the studio arts. The humanities at Lehman feature a former Poet Laureate, an Oscar-winning composer, an Emmy-winning television series producer, actors, artists, art historians, CGI animators, dancer/performance artists, historians, journalists, literary critics, novelists, philosophers, and writeres...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, vital programs in performing arts, visual arts, and in humanities, all that facilitate students developing skills in creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. Twenty-first 21st century employers understand that these skills are vital to an increasingly diverse, global workforce.

Our School is home to ten departments that offer undergraduate courses, programs and Bachelors degrees in: African and African American Studies; Art; Black Studies; Comparative Literature; Computer Graphics & Imaging; Dance/Theater; English; French; History; Italian; Journalism, Communication, and Theatre; Languages and Literatures; Latin, Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies; Linguistics; Music; Philosophy; Spanish; Speech Pathology and Audiology; and Theater. The school also hosts interdisciplinary programs and minors 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 offers graduate programs that include an MAT in Applied Music and Music Teaching, an MA and MFA in Art, and MAs in Art History, English, History, Spanish, Speech-Language Pathology, and Theatre. For more information on undergraduate and graduate programs see the Undergraduate Bulletin, or the Graduate Bulletin.

We are an active participant 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 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 (including the Lovinger Theatre, the Studio Theatre, and the Student Experimental Theatre).

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

Deirdre Pettipiece

Dean of Arts and Humanities and Professor of English, Lehman College

Last modified: Mar 10, 2014

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