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Founded in 1952, Emory's Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts (ILA) was one of the first interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs in the United States. Today, the ILA provides a unique, intellectual environment for the pursuit of research projects that cut across conventional academic boundaries. The Institute has a tradition of fostering emergent fields of study and has encouraged the practice of new modes of inquiry at Emory and beyond. It provides a challenging space for both faculty and students to pursue theoretically sophisticated and methodologically innovative studies of history, culture and society. Read More

Spotlights & Events

 Congratulations to our work-study student Alex Edwards on his acceptance to the Rollins School if Public Health for studies in health informatics.

For the second year in a row the ILA's Dr. Mary Frederickson has been chosen by Phi Beta Kappa as a professor who has encouraged and helped students to excel, and who exemplifies intellectual rigor and enthusiasm for scholarly pursuits. Congratulations Dr. Frederickson!

Two Emory College seniors, Anne Nichols and Kristina Alton, students in the IDS Department's innovative new "Green Beat" journalism class toured Emory's new water treatment center dubbed the WaterHub to supplement a class research assignment. Professor Tefft's "Green Beat" class is an innovative new offering that is the latest expression of immersive pedagogy that builds on Emory's idea of "expanding the classroom and fostering learning in places where theory meets everyday life." Read more about this exciting class and its impact at:  "How the WaterHub is enhancing the student experience"


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