liberal arts

academic subjects, including traditional humanities subjects (literature, philosophy, gender studies, etc.) and STEM (sciences including chemistry).

A “liberal arts” school distinguishes itself by providing training in a wide range of subjects usually based on the philosophy that broad training will better prepare students to be problem solvers than specialized training oriented towards a specific career goal.

At the graduate level, many liberal arts schools provide programming that is more specific to the professions associated with a scholar’s selected course of study. A liberal arts school may provide easier or more broad access to ancillary resources with impact on that course of study (ex: access to journalism for SciComm) but graduate scholars are less likely to be required to complete coursework or training outside their discipline.

At Emory, one major contribution of the liberal arts focus of the college is the Jones Program in Ethics, a comprehensive ethics education that engages students from all graduate programs, including humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.