Math and the Mouse class with Mickey Mouse

Global Experience

The Furman Mathematics Department offers students opportunities to extend their classroom beyond the traditional setting and engage the community.

​Math and the Mouse

​Math and the Mouse: Explorations of Mathematics and Science in Walt Disney World (MXP-205) is a three-week immersive study away May Experience giving students the opportunity to explore areas of mathematics that support the operations of Walt Disney World. The course is project-driven; students often work in groups, give presentations, and explore topics of their own interest while interacting with industry professionals and alumni. This course is open to students in all majors but has a calculus prerequisite (MTH-141, 145, 150, or equivalent). The next anticipated offering of this program is May 2021. Contact Dr. Bouzarth, Dr. Harris, or Dr. Hutson for more information or visit the 2019 course blog​. The next anticipated offering of this program is May 2021.

Dr. Hutson and Dr. Bouzarth with Disney-related math on a whiteboard

Navigating Disney

Watch the video of May 2014’s Math and the Mouse May Experience.

Breaking Codes and Winning Wars

In May 2020, Dr. Millichap and Dr. Woodard are bringing students to Washington, D.C. and London, England to study the mathematics and history of World War codebreaking.  Students will explore how cryptology (the science of making and breaking codes and ciphers) played a pivotal role in the world wars.  Ideas from combinatorics, probability, and permutation theory will form the mathematical foundation of this course.  The application deadline for the May 2020 course has already passed.

Math in the City

Math in the City (MTH-504), an independent study, students work closely with the City of Greenville to examine mathematical issues of interest to the local community. Past projects have included helping the city analyze current and future monthly parking allotments in downtown garages and analyzing the socioeconomic breakdown of high schools in Greenville County.

Independent Studies

Other opportunities to study areas of mathematics outside of the traditional curriculum exist in the form of independent studies. These small classes offer students the ability to work with a faculty member to explore topics of their own interests.

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics

Our students have been successful in attending Budapest Semesters in Mathematics. This prestigious independent program attracts students from across the United States who compete for a chance to spend a semester in Budapest, the capital of Hungary and one of the great European cities. Talk to one of your professors about applying.

Furman Study Away

Furman’s Study Away program includes additional opportunities to study in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Central and South America.  In recent years, our majors have studied in Spain, Chile, France, Scotland, England, Italy, Hungary, and Japan.