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School of Arts and Humanities

Message from the Dean, Dr. James Mahon

Photo of James Mahon, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities

Welcome to the School of Arts and Humanities. As the School’s Dean, it is a pleasure to work with 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 we put onnumerous art exhibitions, dance recitals, musical performances, television shows, and theatrical productions each year. Our faculty features an Oscar-winning composer and an Emmy-winning television series producer, as well as actors, artists, art historians, dancers, historians, journalists, literary critics, novelists, performance artists, philosophers, poets, and writers, all leaders in their respective fields. They are an exceptionally talented and active group, dedicated to training a new generation of talented studnets.

Obtaining 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 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 more than 20 Bachelors degree programs in: Africana Studies; Art Teacher Education; Art History; Art Studio; Black Studies; Communication; Comparative Literature; Dance/Performance; English; French; History; Italian; Journalism; Latin, Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies; Linguistics; Music; Music Education; Philosophy; Spanish; Spanish Teacher Education; and Theater/Performance. It also hosts several interdisciplinary program minors in: Business Communications, Classical Civilization and Tradition, Comparative Literature, Computer Graphics and Imaging (CGI), Disabilities Studies, Linguistics, Middle Eastern Studies, and Women's Studies. Additionally, the school offers graduate programs that inclue an MA in Art, an MFA in Studio Art, MAs in English, History, and Spanish Literature, and 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 General Education, the Freshman Year Initiative, the College Now program, the LEH 300 and 301 interdisciplinary courses, the Lehman Scholars Program, and the Macaulay Honors College. The School collaborates closely with two local high schools – the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, located directly across from the College, and the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, located next door to the college. Finally, the School also oversees the City and Humanities program, CUNY's Institute for Irish American Studies, CUNY's Mexican Studies Institute, the Bronx Journal; and Lehman Stages, which houses the Dance Lab, Lovinger Theatre, the Studio Theatre, and 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.