candler roofEmory College of Arts and Sciences combines the personal concern of a small, liberal arts college with the rich diversity of a major, urban university.

The oldest and largest division of Emory University, Emory College of Arts and Sciences has provided instruction in the arts and sciences to talented, highly motivated students for more than 165 years. Today its faculty of some four hundred offers more than twelve hundred courses to nearly five thousand students drawn from every section of the United States and many foreign countries.

The College offers students off-campus opportunities to participate in a wide range of internship programs or to study abroad, including the Bobby Jones Scholars Program with St. Andrews University in Scotland.

Emory College of Art and Sciences resources are enriched by those of Emory University, a research university comprising

  • Oxford College, a two-year college located in Oxford, Georgia; 
  • the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; 
  • and the schools of business, law, medicine (including the allied health programs), nursing, public health, and theology.

Most members of the college faculty also teach in graduate or professional programs. Emory University is a community of scholars where undergraduates, graduate and professional students, faculty, and staff benefit from the presence of each other as well as from the presence on or near campus of the

  • United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 
  • The Carter Center of Emory University and the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, 
  • Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and 
  • the national headquarters of both the American Cancer Society and the American Academy of Religion.

Emory is expanding its international programs and opportunities to rise to the challenge of globalization. This effort underscores the University’s conviction that a liberal arts education in the twenty-first century must embrace global perspectives and enhance cross-cultural understanding. Emory is committed to training its students to pursue their professions and live their lives in a world that is fast becoming a global neighborhood. Emory College requires courses on foreign language and international and comparative issues; the other schools have strong international and global components in their curricula. A growing number of international scholars are teaching and conducting research at Emory; professors from Emory are pursuing scholarly research and service abroad, and their students gain from their experiences, insights, and broadened perspectives. The enrollment of international students is rising. Emory faculty and students are participating in The Carter Center action programs in developing countries. Mutually beneficial linkage agreements with foreign universities present challenging opportunities. Substantial new funding is stimulating exciting initiatives in global education.

Emory College offers a variety of study abroad opportunities through exchange agreements, Emory study abroad programs, and programs run by other institutions. While earning direct Emory credit in most academic disciplines, students can study in most parts of the world, including: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Namibia, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, South Pacific, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The Center for International Programs Abroad advises students about studying abroad and works with college faculty to develop and administer academic year, semester, and summer study abroad programs designed specifically for Emory undergraduates.

Among the centers for specialized research and study at Emory are the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts; The Carter Center of Emory University; the Emory Center for International Studies; the Center for Ethics in Public Policy and the Professions; the Center for Research in Faith and Moral Development; and the Michael C. Carlos Museum. Independent affiliates include the National Faculty of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences and the Georgia Humanities Council.

commencementTo qualify for baccalaureate degrees, students of Emory College must fulfill distribution requirements that ensure both basic competency in essential skills and a general knowledge of each of the major areas of human inquiry, and they must fulfill major requirements that ensure a command of the area of inquiry of most interest to them. Since these requirements permit flexibility and also reserve a substantial portion of each course of study for free electives, students work with faculty and student advisers to fashion programs that fit their individual interests. In this way Emory not only prepares students to face demanding tasks and complex problems but also introduces them to the full range of human achievement and aspiration in the hope of deepening their most searching questions and intensifying their resolve to attain their life goals.

To encourage full participation in its programs, Emory College encourages students to partake of an active residential life on campus. The college’s commitment to campus residence reflects its conviction that largeness of mind and spirit may be learned in dormitories and concert halls, on stages and playing fields, as well as in classrooms, laboratories, and libraries. Students are, therefore, encouraged to participate in cocurricular activities that range from lectures, colloquia, and symposia, to concerts, exhibits, and plays, to intercollegiate and intramural sports, to scores of social clubs, civic organizations, and religious groups.

Although the college faculty is deeply committed both to discovering knowledge through scholarship and research and to communicating it through teaching, it also values informal interaction with students through advising programs and cocurricular activities. Students who become members of the Emory community should expect, therefore, to meet challenges in a variety of contexts and to learn from other students as well as from the faculty and staff.

Members of the college also join members of other divisions of the University in bringing distinguished guests for comprehensive symposia or consultations on themes of common interest. The Carter Center of Emory University regularly sponsors major consultations. Topics have focused on the Near East, national health policy, arms control and international security, reinforcing democracy in the Americas, global health, the Middle East, and women in the Constitution.

Surrounded by a hilly residential section of Atlanta called Druid Hills, the Emory campus combines natural beauty with historic interest. Peavine Creek, a branch of Peachtree Creek, winds through the campus. Flowering shrubs—azaleas, dogwoods, and redbuds—abound; and towering trees—magnolias, maples, oaks, and pines—provide shade. Several buildings on the main quadrangle are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and several markers on the campus commemorate historic events.

Atlanta night shotA few miles south and west of the campus, the center of Atlanta bustles with activities stimulated by government, business, and transportation as well as research, education, and culture. A contemporary city of energy and charm, Atlanta has increasingly gained national and international prominence. This was highlighted by its selection as the host of the 1996 Olympic Games. It is the home of some twenty colleges and universities, including Agnes Scott College, the Atlanta College of Art, Clark Atlanta University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Morris Brown College, Morehouse College, Oglethorpe University, and Spelman College. Several professional sports teams are based in the city. Opera and theater have been strong since the opening of DeGive’s Opera House in 1893. Today Atlanta’s Woodruff Arts Center includes the High Museum of Art and the Alliance Theatre as well as the Atlanta Symphony and Chorus.

Located more than one thousand feet above sea level, Atlanta offers four distinct seasons. A few hours north of the city, students hike on the Appalachian Trail, canoe and raft on the Chattooga, Chestatee, and Hiawassee rivers, or ski on Sugar Mountain. East and south, they swim and sun on the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Through organizations such as Volunteer Emory, the college encourages students to explore the city of Atlanta and the region surrounding it and to contribute to the lives of other people—its hope being that the education and the lives of all of its students will be enriched both by their human and civic concerns and by their work and play.

Emory University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master's, doctorate, and professional degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Emory University.