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Institute of Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies

Reaching excellence through the study of liberal arts

Unlike a conservatory, focused exclusively on specialized training, Emerson is a four-year college that provides students with a rich and diverse liberal arts education. In recent years, Emerson has strengthened this commitment by establishing the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies and appointing a dean of liberal arts.

Emerson’s liberal arts curriculum enables students to examine the world across diverse disciplines and perspectives that add depth and intellectual perspective to their studies. In a world where media platforms and communication technologies are in almost constant flux, the liberal arts offer enduring lessons and deliver the foundational skills and knowledge that will stay with you—and enhance your work and your career—forever.

Explore Our Program

Curriculum & Requirements

Students are ensured adequate variety in course offerings so that they may uniquely tailor a program of study to their own interests.

Interdisciplinary Major

Students can craft their own major, targeting exactly what they want to learn and explore.

Honors Program

The Emerson College Honors Program is an intellectual and creative community that integrates a challenging liberal arts curriculum and specialized study in the student's chosen field.

Liberal Arts Minors

A liberal arts minor is an exciting way to enrich your educational experience and complement coursework in your major.

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