What is a business administration degree?

No matter what a business is producing or selling, its success depends on having insightful, dynamic and practical minds in charge. Effective leaders must call upon a wide range of professional skills, including, among others, accounting, marketing, finance and data analysis.

Why study business administration at Furman?

Furman offers focused undergraduate degree tracks in business administration, finance, marketing, business entrepreneurship and international business, allowing students to zero in on a particular interest from a solid platform of general business principles. Our curriculum helps you appreciate the connections between accounting, finance, marketing, operations and other disciplines while learning how to communicate, think creatively, analyze situations and work effectively in teams. Additionally, you will participate in various professional development activities to prepare you for life after Furman, including connecting with business leaders and working with the professionals at the Malone Center for Career Engagement to develop your interview, leadership and other professional skills. Visit our campus or request information to learn more.

How will you learn?

In each business administration degree track, you’ll benefit from small class sizes in a private liberal arts and sciences university. Throughout your coursework, you will perform data analysis, complete projects in teams and individually, interact with business professionals and work closely with faculty to discuss and explore career options. You will have the opportunity to work in the Joe and Diana Hurley Finance and Analytics Lab, a state-of-the-art finance and business analytics lab, and to become Bloomberg Certified. Take advantage of Furman’s university-funded research fellowship program, working one-on-one with faculty researching complex issues impacting businesses. Take advantage of a liberal arts and sciences environment by exploring courses in other disciplines to enhance your professional skills and competencies and to understand business and business decision-making in the context of the wider world.

Featured business administration courses

For every business administration track – business administration, business entrepreneurship, business finance, business marketing and international business – all students must complete seven core business courses in topics such as accounting, economics, statistics, marketing and finance as well as a capstone course in strategic management. Other course requirements vary based on the specialty track. Courses you might encounter in focused tracks include:

  • 95%
    – placement within six months of graduation
  • 14
    – average class size
  • 9:1
    – student to faculty ratio

What our students say

“Working toward a business degree at Furman has provided excellent opportunities to apply what is taught in the classroom to real-world applications. In just one year, my company, University Trash ’n’ Dash, grew from 30 to 250 students. I credit this growth to the mentoring and expertise of the department.”
- Spencer Tate ’24

Our faculty

Francis Kim

Associate Professor, Finance

Mark Bettner

Visiting Professor, Accounting

Rusty Copsey


Charles Davis

Adjunct Professor, Business and Accounting

Virginia Gerde

Professor, Business and Accounting

Marion McHugh

Associate Professor, Business and Accounting

Steven Stewart

Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship

Sandra Roberson

Professor and Chair, Business and Accounting

Jeanine Stratton

Associate Professor, Business and Accounting

Suzy Summers

James C. Self Professor of Business Administration

Robert Underwood

Professor, Marketing
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