About the ILA

The Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA) fosters innovative scholarship and teaching that transcend the boundaries of method, theory, and discipline. 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.

The ILA seeks to advance the interdisciplinary character of the liberal arts. We understand the liberal arts as including the humanities and sciences, and a liberal arts education as integrating knowledge from a wide variety of sources. Our programs bring together students and faculty from across the university in order to address complex intellectual and social issues from diverse perspectives.