Prospective Students Furman University

Our Business Administration and Accounting programs are recognized as two of the most comprehensive among liberal arts colleges. You don't just learn how a business functions, or crunch numbers, as a major in our department, you learn how to communicate, work in teams, make effective business decisions, and you learn how to lead.

We encourage prospective Furman s​tudents to coordinate their visit through the Furman Office of Admissions (  Upon request from the Office of Admissions, we can arrange for you to observe a class and meet with someone about the Accounting major and/or the Business Administration major.

Prospective Furman students who do not visit campus are encouraged to contact the Chair of the Business and Accounting Department (Dr. Virginia Gerde at to discuss courses, programs, and majors.

Program Overview

Whether you're interested in pursuing a position with a Fortune 500 company or starting your own business, our programs will prepare you for a career in the global marketplace. We offer the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in both Accounting and Business Administration. As a major in our department, you will benefit from a curriculum that relies on experiential exercises and integrated projects to help you understand the core principles of accounting and business management. 

If you are interested in declaring Accounting as your major, be sure to contact a member of the accounting faculty to discuss courses, scheduling, and future ambitions.  Our faculty can make sure you have taken the right path to your desired goal after Furman. 

Upon acceptance into the Business Administration major, you will be enrolled in our Business Block, a set of courses that are similar to what you would find in an MBA program. These courses emphasize four functional areas: accounting, finance, marketing and operations. The interweaving of these courses through practical, pragmatic exercises has a significant effect on how students conceptualize course materials and apply them to real and current problems.  You will take these upper-division courses with a small cohort of students, where you will have an opportunity to develop enduring relationships that will pay dividends in your professional career.

Career opportunities

Six out of ten Furman graduates are working in some business-related field, including marketing, accounting, finance and public relations. That's because a liberal arts degree is in high demand no matter what you do in the work force. In addition to enhancing your technical skills, you will leave Furman knowing how to think critically, how to learn, and how to see things from multiple perspectives. These are skills that can be applied to any career and it is part of the reason our graduates are so successful. If you are interested in post graduate work, our alumni have been accepted to the top graduate-level and MBA programs in the nation.

Outstanding faculty

With our ideal student-to-faculty ratio, you will work and collaborate with professors who know you as an individual. Our faculty members will help you understand the most difficult concepts, and even help you build a business skills portfolio before you graduate. Meet our faculty.

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The best way to learn about our program is to visit the campus, see our amazing facilities, meet our faculty, and see how much students are enjoying our program. We encourage prospective Furman students to coordinate their visit through the Furman Office of Admissions.  Upon request from the Office of Admissions, we can arrange for you to observe a class and meet with someone about the Accounting and Business Administration majors.  

For those students who are unable to visit our campus, please contact Dr. Virginia Gerde, Department Chair ( to discuss courses, programs, and majors.​  Visit today.

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