Business Administration (BA)

Business Administration majors at George Fox study at one of the Pacific Northwest's top Christian schools.


Students seeking a well-rounded degree in business need look no further than George Fox University’s bachelor’s degree in business administration, which combines the elements of our core business classes to provide a comprehensive course of study that covers all areas of the discipline, including accounting, economics, entrepreneurship and finance.

Whether you are interested in obtaining a management position in a for-profit or nonprofit setting, and whether you look to work in the region or abroad, a business administration degree will provide a strong foundation as you pursue your career goals.

A Focus on Developing Leaders

The business administration major emphasizes the development of business leadership skills. In addition to covering all major areas of business, it focuses on teamwork, critical thinking, communication and presentation skills, leadership, and problem solving – skills employers value.

The ‘Most Flexible’ Business Major

Business administration is our College of Business’ most flexible major, allowing students to combine their business studies with other subjects of interest. Many of our students add minors or course work in languages, graphic design, Christian ministries, communication, psychology, or courses from a semester abroad.

Our faculty advisors work closely with business administration students to help them identify what course work best complements their business studies based on each student’s talents, interests and career aspirations.

A Degree that Gives You Options

Graduates of our business administration program are prepared for professional careers or for graduate training in business or other areas. They have gone on to earn their MBAs, start their own companies, and become successful executives in all sectors of business. The versatility of a business administration degree is perhaps its greatest appeal.

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Major Requirements

Complete the following:

Accounting is the language of business. This course provides an introductory overview of accounting from a user perspective. Its purpose is to give students a basic understanding of the logic behind the principles of accounting, enabling them to prepare, read, analyze, and interpret financial statements for the purpose of decision making. Prerequisite: BUSN 110 and Sophomore standing or above.
This course is a continuation of ACCT 271. It emphasizes the uses of accounting data by management to make both planning and control decisions. Students will continue to analyze financial statements to assess a company's liquidity, profitability, capital structure, and stock market ratios. Students will also develop operating budgets and use them to evaluate performance. Cost information will be classified by behavior, and allocated under a cost-beneficial system that assists managers in using relevant costs for decision making. Prerequisite: ACCT 271 Principles of Financial Accounting.
This introductory survey will examine the major functional areas of business and afford the student an opportunity to consider this major as a path to a career. Emphasis is given to contemporary business concepts, in particular, and examination of business as a field for stewardship.
A practical application of personal financial management and an introduction to the field of financial planning. Topics include money history, stewardship, budgets, loans, spending, housing, insurance, investments, and retirement. Prerequisite: Business and economics majors only.
Statistical procedures with applications in management and economics. Emphasis on the development of a basic knowledge of the statistical tools available for analysis of problems and decision making. Prerequisites: MATH 180 College Algebra or higher math course, or an SAT math score of 620 or higher or an ACT score of 28 or higher.
This course is designed to prepare students to meet the ethical challenges facing employees in modern business and nonprofit organizations. The course will address moral issues at every organizational level - personal, interpersonal, group, and system wide. Topics will include identifying personal mission and values; developing character; faith in the workplace; ethical perspectives, moral reasoning, and decision-making formats; ethical organizational communication and influence; ethical group behavior and leadership; and the creation of ethical organizational climates. Prerequisite or Co-requisite of BUSN 110.
Covers the legal aspects of common business transactions. Includes the law of contracts, agency, negotiable instruments, and other phases of private law.
The study of administrative policy and strategy in organizations. Emphasis is placed on the integration and inter-relationships of functional business areas (accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and management) for the purpose of developing an organizational-wide perspective. Students learn a model of strategy formulation and implementation and, through analyzing cases, apply this model to a variety of institutional settings. Prerequisites: MGMT 260 Principles of Management, MKTG 260 Principles of Marketing, FINC 260 Business Finance, ACCT 272 Principles of Managerial Accounting, and senior standing.
An introduction to the macro aspects of the social science concerned with the allocation of resources. Consideration is given to the fundamental principles of the economy as a whole, dealing with economic data, behavior, and theory at the aggregate level of the economy. The course studies topics such as government spending, taxation, and monetary policies, as well as events and issues in the global economy. ECON 211 and ECON 212 are complementary courses; however, it is preferred that ECON 211 be taken first.
An introduction to the micro aspects of the social science concerned with the allocation of resources. Consideration is given to the fundamental principles governing production, distribution, consumption, and exchange of wealth. The course studies the behavior of microeconomic units such as individuals, households, firms, and industries. ECON 211 and ECON 212 are complementary courses; however, it is preferred that ECON 211 be taken first. Prerequisites: Students must have completed MATH 180 College Algebra or higher math course, or an SAT math score of 620 or higher or an ACT score of 28 or higher.
An introduction to the finance function of a business entity. Specific topics to be studied include capital budgeting, cost of capital determination, sources of financing, leverage and its effect on the profits and risk of business, and managing the asset mix and capital structure of a business. Prerequisites: ACCT 271 Principles of Financial Accounting, ACCT 272 Principles of Managerial Accounting (may also be a co-requisite), ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics and college level statistics course 200 level or higher. Students who've taken PSYC 240 or SOCI 340 must also complete MATH 150 or higher, or have a SAT math score of 620 or higher or have an ACT score of 28 or higher.
The importance of thinking globally and understanding the legal, technological, political and economic differences that affect business practice are explored through readings and projects. The focus is on the global changes that are impacting national sovereignty, regionalization, and the balance of economic and political power. Prerequisites: ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics and MGMT 260 Principles of Management.
A study of the theory and practice of management. The course involves discussion and application of areas such as social responsibility, strategy, problem solving, communication, change, job performance, and financial/operational controls. Prerequisite or Co-requisite of BUSN 110 Introduction to Business
Study of the marketing concept, consumer demand and behavior, and marketing functions of the firm. The objective is to understand the development of marketing channels, products, prices, and promotion strategies. Prerequisite or Co-requisite of BUSN 110 Introduction to Business

Choose two of the following:

This course is an introduction to industry-standard graphic design applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign. Additional course fee required.
New Venture Feasibility Focuses on developing ideas for new businesses. Case studies and group exercises are utilized to help students determine which ideas might result in feasible businesses. Students select a business idea and then write a feasibility plan, a first step in developing a detailed business plan. This plan will determine if the idea has profit potential. Prerequisites: BUSN 110 Introduction to Business and MKTG 260 Principles of Marketing.
This course is a second level financial management course that provides more depth in the study of the analysis of financial statements, working capital management, and obtaining credit. Students will determine the cost of capital of a firm and apply its use in capital budgeting and asset valuation. Prerequisite: FINC 260 Business Finance.
This course recognizes that managers are also called upon to be leaders. The differences between a leader and manager will be discussed with focus on effective leadership and management skills, philosophies and orientations. Prerequisite: MGMT 260 Principles of Management.
This course considers how having things affects the lives of consumers and how possessions influence the way consumers feel about themselves and others. Models of consumer decision processes are introduced and the marketing implications of the various aspects of consumer behavior are examined. The course combines a balance of traditional and emerging ideas in consumer behavior focusing on local, pan-European and global scenarios. The impact of new technology, globalization, eclecticism, and postmodern perspectives are also considered. Prerequisite: MKTG 260 Principles of Marketing.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

George Fox offers a Business Administration major that integrates Christian values.

Employment of advertising, promotions and marketing managers is projected to grow 10 percent through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accountants and auditors can expect to see 10-percent growth during that time period, while financial analysts will see a 11-percent growth in their field. Meanwhile, the job market for management consultants is projected to grow by a robust 14 percent.

  • Creative Director, Nike
  • Finance Manager, Microsoft
  • Accountant, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Professor of Economics,
    Olivet Nazarene University
  • Account Executive,
    Waggener Edstrom Worldwide
  • Sales Territory Manager, Intel
  • Product Line Manager, ISI, Inc.
  • Partner, Delap LLP
  • VP, Credit Administration,
    Bank of the Cascades
  • Program Operations Manager,
    AECOM (Libya)
  • University of Illinois
  • Oregon State University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Paris School of Business
  • City University London
  • Ohio State University
  • Syracuse University
  • Colorado State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • San Diego State University
  • London School of Economics
  • Nike
  • Intel
  • Tesla
  • SpaceX
  • World Vision
  • Federal Reserve Bank (Washington, D.C.)
  • Hope International
  • CUI Global
  • Freebird Digital Media
  • United States International
    Trade Commission

In the News

Greg Lutze, Cofounder and Chief Experience Officer at VSCO

VSCO cofounder Greg Lutze stays grounded despite his success

Greg Lutze is a busy man. As cofounder and chief experience officer of VSCO (Visual Supply Company), the 2000 George Fox alumnus and business administration major is the head and heart behind one of the top creative tools on the market. VSCO’s mobile photo editing and sharing app has more than 45 million active users, a robust following of talented creatives and a stack of awards.

Yet, despite the success and accolades, Lutze has managed to stay grounded.

In a market that demands users chase likes, shares and followers, he built a product that fosters authentic creativity, connection and growth. In a business culture that lauds loud achievers, he leads with quiet character. And for Lutze, that begins with family.

“Yes, I’m an entrepreneur. I’ve got a startup. I’ve got to keep pushing forward with that,” Lutze says, speaking to George Fox business and art students. “But ultimately I’m a dad. I’m a husband.”

“We have to prioritize what’s important,” he adds. “I don’t schedule meetings after 4 p.m. so I can get home with the kids. I try to take Thursday mornings off so I can go get coffee with my wife. It’s not perfect. Sometimes I have to travel. But I think just acknowledging that is a start.”

It’s not the message one might expect from a young executive thriving in the hard-charging tech world. But then again, Lutze and the company he helped create are far from typical. Read more ...

Student Experiences

Victoria Wilson

“I will remember first and foremost the relationships I formed here and how those people showed me new perspectives and prompted me to think about things differently. I really enjoyed the hands-on nature of the business program, and being taught by professors with spectacular past business experience. This school has had a tremendous influence on who I am today.”

- Victoria Wilson
Marketing Specialist, Medical Teams International

Kam Thomas

“My business professors were always available outside of class to talk about school and life in general, which really fulfilled the Be Known promise. They also challenged me academically, spiritually and in my growth as a person.”

- Kam Thomas
Audit Associate, Eide Bailey LLP

Drew Van der Werff

“George Fox University has instilled a sense of integrity in my life that is not only a solid foundation on which to build, but gives me a market value that many post-undergrad students cannot claim. As a result, I have confidence that I will be successful at carrying out what Christ has planned for my life.”

- Drew Van der Werff
VP, Goldman Sachs

Points of Distinction

  • Coursework mixes world-class business curriculum and applied practice, as students collaborate on real-world business solutions in many classes.
  • Small, student-focused classes allow for personal attention from professors and rich discussions about making a positive impact in the world through business callings.
  • A strong global business focus ensures a well-rounded education and gives graduates a competitive edge in the job market.
  • Our majors have great opportunities to find local or regional internships with the help of business faculty, alumni connections, and the IDEA Center.
  • Students learn from faculty who are active in their field and have been published in top-tier business journals.
  • The business curriculum stresses leadership skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving to prepare students for quality internships and fulfilling careers.
  • Students engage in a curriculum firmly rooted in business ethics.
  • In their final business course, Management Strategy, business administration students work with their professor on a real company project so that theoretical business understanding can be immediately applied to a real business solution.
  • Business administration majors have opportunities to serve in the Business Bridge Club in order to grow in leadership, own their co-curricular experiences, establish valuable networks, and enhance their resume for post-college experiences.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier national university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.

ACBSP accreditation

ACBSP is the premier accrediting association for business schools and programs with a focus on teaching excellence and what occurs in the classroom.

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