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Minor in Data Analytics

What is a data analytics minor?

Human beings generate an astounding amount of data every day, and we are just beginning to figure out how to harness its power. The demand for data analytics skills is increasing, as they can help gain insight, solve problems and improve outcomes in nearly every sphere in society. Furman’s data analytics minor is a secondary sequence of courses meant to complement a student’s major, helping the student apply data analytic technical competencies and principles to their main area of interest.

Why study data analytics 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. The data analytics minor includes course options from 10 different academic disciplines.  Students gain highly sought-after industry skills such as programming in Python and R, performing statistical analysis on messy real-world data sets, and communicating technical results to general audiences. Small class sizes help provide one-on-one access to faculty who are among the best in their fields. Students work directly with advisors on advanced research opportunities, taking advantage of state-of-the-art resources and facilities. Get in touch with our admissions team to learn more.

How will you learn?

Your Furman career will offer rich experiences both in and out of the classroom across a broad variety of study areas. Our focus on engaged learning leverages our strong undergraduate research, internship and study away opportunities. There are also opportunities to engage with the community, since some electives involve analytics projects with local companies. Small class sizes allow you to work closely with renowned professors with deep expertise in the domain-specific areas that constitute the data analytics minor. Visit our campus or request information to learn more.

Careers for data analytics minors

The principles and techniques used in data analytics are becoming increasingly in demand in several sectors of society, so a grounding in the fundamentals can enhance nearly any resume and career path.

An understanding of scientific thinking, statistical expertise, business acumen and programming skill can be an advantage in several occupations, including:

  • Data scientist
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Supply chain/operations analyst
  • Data manager
  • Consultant
  • Marketer
  • Researcher
  • Graduate student

Data analytics courses

Sample courses include:

Introduction to Data Mining

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Intermediate Business Analytics

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150 trillion
gigabytes of real time data that will need analysis by 2025 (Forbes)
92%
Furman graduates who participated in high-impact experiences
$99.31 billion
projected market for big data in 2022 (Strategy MRC)

What our students say

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“As a data analytics minor, I have become sufficient in data-driven storytelling, sharing a narrative on a how to solve a problem based on empirical evidence. I learned different skill sets to collect, analyze and visualize data effectively. I have appreciated all the experiential learning and student-drive projects in classes.” - Rosie Kim ’22

Meet the faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s data analytics faculty represents decades of study and practical expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply. The Data Analytics Minor Oversight Committee includes:

  • Liz Bouzarth
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    Associate Professor, Mathematics

    Liz Bouzarth

    Liz Bouzarth
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    Associate Professor, Mathematics

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  • Roy Bower
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    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Roy Bower

    Roy Bower
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    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943633

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  • Kevin Hutson
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    Professor, Mathematics

    Kevin Huston

    Kevin Hutson
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    Professor, Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943625

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  • M. Taha Kasim
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    Robert E. Hughes Assistant Professor of Economics

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    M. Taha Kasim
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    Robert E. Hughes Assistant Professor of Economics

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    Professor and Chair

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  • FAQ

    What kinds of internships have data analytics students pursued?

    Students have recently completed analytics internships at IBM, Lenovo, InvestiNet, the Houston Astros and other prominent organizations.

    What kinds of careers have data analytics students pursued?

    Alumni have taken analytics positions with The Walt Disney Company, Chicago Fire FC, Mather Economics, The Home Depot, Caesar’s Entertainment, Ralph Lauren and IBM, among others.

    Why should I take on a minor?

    A minor program is an excellent way to explore further interests, gain additional skills to attract future employers, and discover connections between different subjects of interest. Many students find that taking on a minor makes for a more well-rounded and complete educational experience.

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