Schools, Labs and Centers

Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies at Emerson College

We provide students with a foundation in the liberal arts that supports their course of study.

The Marlboro Institute puts the “I” at the center of Emerson students’ education—one that is Individualized, Interdisciplinary, Inquiry-based, and Integrative in approach with respect to the different liberal arts disciplines on offer and their connectivity to the arts and communication strengths of Emerson College.

In Fall 2020, Emerson reinforced our commitment to provide students with a rich liberal arts education by forming an alliance with Marlboro College. This alliance brought 18 new full-time faculty to Emerson and established the Marlboro Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies.

The Marlboro Institute’s liberal arts curriculum and programming enable students to examine the world across diverse disciplines, adding depth and intellectual perspective to their professional and creative studies. The liberal arts offer enduring lessons and deliver the foundational skills and knowledge that will position students for success in a variety of careers.

Marlboro Institute

Programs in the Marlboro Institute

Emerson Prison Initiative

The Emerson Prison Initiative (EPI) provides a rigorous liberal arts education to individuals incarcerated in Massachusetts.

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 for students to enrich their educational experience and complement coursework in their major.

The Marlboro Institute Community


Marlboro Institute faculty are scholars and researchers in a wide variety of fields, including psychology, philosophy, science, cultural studies, and economics.

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Header photo credit: Tristan Homewood, The Brattleboro Reformer