About the Institute for the Liberal Arts

Transcending the boundaries of method, theory, and discipline

The liberal arts encompass the forms of knowledge that make us literate citizens. A liberal arts education thus includes the sciences and the humanities, and demands the integration of knowledge from a wide variety of sources. The Institute for the Liberal Arts seeks to advance the interdisciplinary character of the liberal arts. Our programs bring together students and faculty from across the university in order to address complex intellectual and social issues from diverse perspectives. 

Founded in 1952 as the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts, the ILA has a tradition of nurturing emergent fields of study and encouraging new modes of inquiry at Emory and beyond. Today, the ILA provides a unique intellectual environment for the pursuit of research and teaching that cuts across conventional academic boundaries.

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Our History

Doing things differently since 1952

Interdisciplinary Futures

Interdisciplinary Futures

Learn more about the symposium we held at Emory to honor sixty years of the ILA and to discuss the future of interdisciplinarity.

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History of the ILA

History of the ILA

Discover the ways the ILA has been extending and enriching liberal arts learning since 1952.

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Videos

Videos

Hear from our current majors and alumni the many benefits of choosing to study in the ILA.

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