Table of Contents
- What is a business administration degree?
- Why study business administration at Furman?
- How will you learn?
- Careers for business administration majors
- Featured business administration courses
- Fast facts
- What our students say
- Our faculty
- Entrepreneurship Track
- Finance Track
- Marketing Track
- International Track
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.
Careers for business administration majors
Six out of 10 Furman graduates are working in some business-related field, including marketing, accounting, finance and public relations. That’s because a liberal arts degree provides you with skills that are in high demand no matter what you do in the work force. Graduates in business administration can find careers such as:
- Financial analysis
- Market research
- Office administration
- Human resources
- Production and logistics
- Advertising and sales
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
Furman offers five focused tracks for business students: business administration, finance, marketing, business entrepreneurship and international business.
Although many who earn a degree on the entrepreneurship track will go on to launch their own businesses, graduates from this track will find that their innovative mindset, along with their ability to think creatively and successfully launch ideas, will be valuable in virtually every area of business, including recruiting, marketing, sales, consulting and management.
Top job titles for employees with a finance-track degree include financial analyst, personal financial adviser, accountant, loan officer, budget analyst, auditor and credit analyst.
A graduate with a bachelor’s degree on the marketing track could find employment as a copywriter, media planner, social media manager, media buyer, event manager or fundraiser, among other careers.
Career paths for graduates with an international-track degree advertising account executive, logistician, international sales representative, foreign exchange consultant, international marketing manager and public relations specialist.
Each business administration B.A. track at Furman is a four-year program.