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?

As a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman provides an exceptional environment for multidisciplinary studies, allowing students to find connections between multiple areas of interest. Unlike undergraduate programs at other schools, our program does not take a narrow approach to understanding the complex challenges facing businesses today. 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. As a university community, we embrace meaningful diversity and equality and are committed to supporting students, faculty and staff from every walk of life. 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?

Get the benefit of 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

  • 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

Stuart Anderson

Adjunct Professor, Business and Accounting

Mark Bettner

Visiting Professor, Accounting

Rusty Copsey

Visiting Professor

Charles Davis

Adjunct Professor, Business and Accounting

Virginia Gerde

Professor, Business and Accounting

Marion McHugh

Associate Professor, Business and Accounting

Chirinjev Peterson

Adjunct Professor, Business and Accounting

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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Business Administration Major F.A.Q.