Administrative Science Program

Program Faculty

Randy A. Nelson
  • Douglas Professor of Econ and Finance
  • Department of Administrative Science
  • Applied or empirical microeconomics
  • Industrial organization
  • Corporate finance
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  • EC133 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC211 - Corporate Finance I
  • EC491 - Independent Study
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Headshot W. T. Mason '47

Major: Administrative Science

When he was a Colby student, in the 1940s, this distinguished African-American lawyer from Virginia was denied restaurant service — at Waterville's Elmwood Hotel.

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The Administrative Science Minor

The minor in administrative science offers a complement to any major at Colby for students interested in a management career. In addition, the program provides an excellent background for those who go on to graduate study in the fields of business and public administration. The program is designed to help prepare students to assume leadership positions in organizations of any type, including both profit and nonprofit enterprises.

Administrative Science and the Liberal Arts +

Administrative science is a broadly based minor designed for students who want to gain insight into the management of organizations but who do not want to forego the advantages of a true liberal arts education. In today’s climate of intense competition and social activism, it is important to approach organizational problems wisely, with ethical responsibility, historical perspective, and imagination—all products of Colby’s liberal arts education. As a bank president recently stated at Colby’s annual conference on Business Leadership, “We look to the liberally educated person for good judgment.”

The requirements for the minor include introductory courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, general management, financial accounting, and corporate finance. In addition, students must complete two electives from a list of courses in economics, mathematics, and administrative science.

After Colby +

Administrative science graduates have established a proud tradition. Many are recognized leaders in business as well as in public, hospital, and educational administration. The variety of their jobs ranges widely—from investment analyst in a large New York City bank to Peace Corps volunteer, from army officer to independent contractor, from management of a large auction house to management of an art museum.

A majority of Colby’s administrative science minors will at some time return to graduate school, and many have been accepted at the finest graduate schools in business and public administration as well as in law. Recent graduates, for example, have been admitted to programs at Dartmouth, Cornell, Wharton (Penn), Harvard, Stanford, and Chicago.


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