program overview

B.S. in Accounting - New in Fall 2014

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting combines a liberal arts foundation with a comprehensive accounting education.

Introductory accounting and business courses provide students with a strong overview of the functional areas of a business and available methods of analysis. Upper-level accounting and business courses systematically build on this introduction as students are exposed to higher-level theory and analysis as they further develop their accounting skills and knowledge.

The curriculum includes numerous learning opportunities to supplement textbook learning such as case study, financial analysis, computerized simulation, field study, and internship. The accounting major prepares graduates for an accounting career in various industries. The major also prepares students for graduate studies opportunities.

Program Highlights

  • Accounting professors bring years of real-world accounting, finance and business experience to the classroom.
  • Integration of off-campus field experiences and internships with classroom study.
  • Small classes with ample opportunity for interacting with faculty and discipline-specific experts and networks.
  • Students have the opportunity to study business with a focus on the accounting function.

B.S. in Business Administration

Business Administration majors examine organization structures, how businesses are managed, and how they operate. They also consider the economic impacts of the world's rapidly changing environment and the importance of globalization as a business concept. Our students study the application of new technologies, the use of teams to accomplish business goals, and the need for successful commercial enterprises to focus not only on bottom-line profits, but also on ethical, humanistic and social concerns as well.

The Business Administration major provides a solid foundation in the liberal arts and equips students with decision-making abilities and knowledge to progress toward responsible management positions in fields such as marketing, finance, accounting, personnel, communications, brokerage and retail.

Case studies and other simulation techniques give students opportunities to gain skills in applying knowledge to concrete situations. Particular attention is given to personal and societal value issues as they pertain to working in an organization and to balancing the various demands of personal needs, family expectations and career expectations.

Students select one of these four concentrations within the major: Accounting and Finance; Management; Marketing or Sustainable Business.

Please see the college catalog for specific requirements.

Program Highlights

  • Business Administration professors bring years of real-world business experience to the classroom.

  • Colby-Sawyer's award-winning chapter of ENACTUS has qualified for national competition in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014.

  • Students have the opportunity to manage an investment fund of more than $300,000. In 2013, students presented their fund investment results at the Global Asset Management Education Conference in New York City and were named international champions in the undergraduate Value Investing category.

  • Integration of off-campus field experiences and internships with classroom study.

  • Classes are small with frequent opportunity for interaction with faculty.

  • Many graduates pursue advanced degrees.

Minor in Business Administration

The minor in Business Administration is designed to be completed with a major in another academic discipline and provides basic functional skills for employment in a wide variety of areas. Its purpose is to broaden the career opportunities of liberal arts graduates combining a working knowledge of essential business principles with the chosen field of concentration.

Note: Students majoring in Exercise and Sport Sciences–Sport Management and minoring in Business Administration should refer to the Exercise and Sport Sciences–Sport Management section of the catalog for clarification of requirements.

Please refer to the Minor Programs section of the college catalog for further information.

B.S. in Health Care Management

The Health Care Management major, part of the Business Administration Department, prepares students for leadership roles in the U.S. health care system by providing a solid foundation in the liberal arts. Health Care Management majors take advanced health care and business courses, such as health care management/law, economics/policy, and finance, as well as marketing, human resources, organizational behavior and management communications.

The major integrates classroom, research and internship experiences to provide students with multidisciplinary knowledge and practical skills. Students graduate prepared for entry-level positions in health care and the knowledge necessary for administrative positions in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, managed care and other organizations providing health services.

The major also prepares graduates for more specialized study at the graduate level.

Please see the college catalog for specific requirements.


Business students take the Business Administration Capstone course, Strategic Management, during the second semester of their senior year. This course allows students to integrate the knowledge of the functional areas of business, such as marketing, finance, human relations, operations and management in one setting.

This Capstone, driven by an advanced computer simulation, puts the student on teams, which run a business in a competitive market. Decisions must be made on financing methods, structure, marketing, marketing research and competitive analysis, operational analysis, business ethics, and human relations. This realistic experience gives students the opportunity to face complex business problems in a friendly environment and creates an effective arena in which to apply the knowledge and skills they have developed over four years.

Assessment Results

The Business Administration department assesses results of student learning outcomes on a regular basis. A snapshot of our results is included here: Business Administration Assessment Results


Baccalaureate awards are presented to the graduating students in each baccalaureate program who are selected by the faculty for their interest in and excellence within the major. The Dr. Margaret “Marnie” Kurtz Award is given to a student whose major is business administration. Recipients must be full-time students and have completed at least 50 percent of the credits for graduation at Colby-Sawyer.

Pre-Law Curriculum

Students who enter law school come from any number of academic majors. Pre-law students should take courses that allow for continued development in their ability to think critically, communicate and listen effectively, conduct library research, and contribute to the community. A good pre-law education helps students develop these skills and provides a solid foundation in understanding the American political system, understanding social interactions and issues of diversity, and demonstrating basic quantitative literacy skills.

The Liberal Education Program at Colby-Sawyer College, in conjunction with a major program of study, provides many opportunities for students to fine tune the skills needed to be successful in law school. For further information regarding law school preparation students are advised to contact their academic advisor and the American Bar Association.