About Us

The Institute for the Liberal Arts (ILA) fosters innovative scholarship and teaching that transcends 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.

Spotlights & Events

•  IDS senior Hannah Rose Blakeley has received one of the prestigious Bobby Jones Scholarships. She will spend a year at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, where she will pursue a master’s degree in art history. 

•  Check out the IDEAS Fellowship Facebook page to find out about the exciting programs the fellowship is sponsoring.

•  IDS was named the 2015 Best Integrative Studies Program in the country by BestColleges.com. To learn more, click here.

•  Faculty member Arri Eisen writes about the Orlando shootings in Emory Report.