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
- Graduate student
Featured data analytics courses
150 trilliongigabytes of real time data that will need analysis by 2025 (Forbes)
92%Furman graduates who participated in high-impact experiences
$99.31 billionprojected market for big data in 2022 (Strategy MRC)
Meet the faculty
M. Taha Kasim
Students have recently completed analytics internships at IBM, Lenovo, InvestiNet, the Houston Astros and other prominent organizations.
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.
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.