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Majors and Minors

With 58 majors and 33 minors, Colby offers the ideal liberal arts and sciences environment: the variety you need for wide exploration and the depth you need to focus in your area (or areas) of interest. Along the way you’ll gain the tools and experience to master any profession and adapt to any circumstance. Heading for a career in medicine, law, or engineering? We have the courses and advising to get you ready—while ensuring you graduate with the liberal arts and sciences knowledge and skill set that will make you a better doctor, attorney, or engineer.

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Our Professors

They’re world-class scholars and teachers who dive deeply into major issues facing our world. From research assistantships and independent study projects, to summer experiences and excursions abroad, they view collaboration with students as essential to the work they do. What’s more, students who work with professors often become co-authors of books, articles, and papers, and travel to national and international conferences, all before they receive a degree.

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No Easy Answers

Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Lisa Arellano reveals the dissonance of the paradox behind the contradiction.

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All Things German

“Gott und die Welt” or “God and the world.” That neatly sums up the range of subjects Associate Professor of German Arne Koch can expect to talk about when students drop in on one of the department kaffeeklatsches.

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New Clues to a Mass Extinction

Professor of Geology Robert Gastaldo and students unearth evidence in South Africa that contradicts prevailing models about ancient die-offs.

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On Teaching: Sahan T.M. Dissanayake

As a scholar, I see teaching as a way to share the thrill of finding answers to research questions.

Jan Plan

At Colby you’ll spend January doing just one thing of your choosing. Our innovative winter term is about exploration, expansion, freedom, and the chance to really focus. Do research in Belize. Shadow an oncologist at a local hospital. Take an internship in Miami. Become an EMT. Make a movie. Follow your fascination. Try something entirely new. Whatever it is, spend January in motion.

Research

It’s in our DNA—the tendency to ask tough questions and allocate brain space to search for solutions. The opportunities are here for any student who wants to get involved. Dive into one-on-one collaborations with professors in any major throughout the year—on campus and around the world. Publish and present. Partner with leading research institutes. Tap into ample grant support. Be part of an annual student symposium for which classes are canceled and everyone shows up.

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CLAS

The Colby Liberal Arts Symposium (CLAS) is a celebration of student scholarship. For one day each year, the Colby community comes together to recognize and celebrate students’ many forms of scholarly engagement.

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Summer Research Retreat

The Colby Undergraduate Summer Research Retreat (CUSRR) is a two-day symposium and retreat in The Forks, Maine, featuring student talks and poster presentations on a wide variety of topics.

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CAPS

The Colby Achievement Program in the Sciences (CAPS) is for incoming Colby students from groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the sciences.

Presidential Scholars

The Presidential Scholars Program offers the top students in each incoming class opportunities to conduct research alongside world-class professors as soon as they arrive on campus along with access to a pool of grants to design their own projects.

Maine as a Lab

Partnerships with world-class institutions Bigelow Laboratory, Jackson Laboratory, and Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory allow students to gain experience pursuing oceanic, genomic, or biomedical research on the Maine coast.

Interdisciplinary Exploration

It’s the hallmark of the liberal arts experience: the opportunity to explore your interests broadly and to specialize in the field (or fields) of your interest. At Colby our centers, partners, and multidisciplinary curriculum give you the flexibility to always be discovering and the skills and connections you need to stake your path.

Center for the Arts and Humanities

Through Colby’s annual humanities themes, innovative courses promote experiential learning by incorporating hands-on observation, experimentation, and skill-building perspectives more commonly associated with the natural sciences. Courses across the humanistic disciplines turn the Colby Museum of Art, Special Collections in Miller Library, and locations across Maine into laboratories.

Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

The Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement brings Colby students, faculty, and staff together to make connections between work in the classroom and contemporary political, economic, social and environmental issues. Founded in 2003 with a generous gift from Colby Trustee William Goldfarb ’68, P ’00, the center aims to link the Colby community with local, state, national, and international leaders to explore creative, interdisciplinary approaches to complex challenges.

Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights was established in 1998 by a generous grant from the Oak Foundation. Each year, it hosts an Oak Human Rights Fellow to teach and conduct research while residing at the College. The Institute organizes lectures and other events centered around the fellow’s area of expertise.

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Interdisciplinary Computation

Combine the study of computer science with any field across the curriculum and gain tailored expertise in the way cutting-edge technologies can affect and shape our knowledge of the world.

Dual-Degree Engineering

Interested in engineering but want to attend a liberal arts college? At Colby you can do both. Our dual-degree programs allow you to graduate from Colby and obtain an engineering degree from either Dartmouth College or Columbia University.

Worldwide Connections

At Colby you’ll be a resident of Maine, but a citizen of the world. An international student body makes campus a global gathering place, and nearly 70 percent of students choose to live and learn abroad. You’ll choose among 200 programs in more than 60 countries—for a semester or for a year or for the month of January. Through cultural immersion, you’ll learn how to navigate a world with rapidly shifting boundaries.

Where Colby students study abroad:

Global Entry Semester

It’s a novel idea: start your college adventure across the Atlantic as part of our innovative experiences for first-year students in Salamanca, Spain, or Dijon, France. Take challenging courses. Learn Spanish or French through total immersion. Live with a local family. Travel extensively. See the sights. Savor the culture. Soak in the opportunity to pack years of personal and intellectual growth into a single semester.