Economics Major

George Fox economics majors study at a top Christian college.

Preparation for a career in a variety of sectors 

With an economics degree from George Fox University, you will be equipped for a career in the business, government, nonprofit or education sectors. The economics major is ideal for those anticipating graduate study in law, business administration, public policy, public administration or economics.

Addressing choices and behavior of individuals, firms and industries

Economics is the study of how individuals and societies strive to meet their material wants and needs. As a social science, it is fundamentally concerned with improving human welfare. It draws upon philosophy, mathematics, history and other social sciences in order to address:

  • Individual and household choice making
  • The behavior of firms and industries
  • The allocative and regulatory roles of government
  • Many of humanity's most pressing challenges, from escaping poverty to environmental degradation

What distinguishes the study of economics at George Fox

  • A Christian commitment to the good life and human flourishing serves as an intellectual foundation for the analysis of economic issues.
  • Small classes allow you to develop meaningful relationships with your professors and fellow students.
  • A focus on experential learning is paramount. Outside of the classroom, you will have the opportunity to conduct original research with professors, study abroad or get academic credit for an internship.

Request more information about the economics major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs and Graduate School

Economics majors at George Fox integrate the Christian faith with their studies.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that the job market for economists is expected to grow 6 percent between 2016 and 2026. Because of the strong quantitative skills developed, economists find employment across a wide spectrum of fields, ranging from banking and finance to research and teaching.

Those with a master’s degree or PhD will likely stand out from their competitors and should receive offers for the most desirable job opportunities. 

  • Banking
  • Finance
  • Economic development
  • Government agencies
  • Consulting
  • Insurance
  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Financial Analyst, Nike
  • Senior Business Finance Analyst, Intel
  • Senior Financial Analyst, Microsoft
  • VP, Credit Administration, Bank of the Cascades
  • Sales Executive, KPD Insurance
  • Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services
  • Program Operations Manager, AECOM (Libya)
  • Program Associate, United Nations Office on Drug and Crime
  • Financial Representative, Country Financial
  • Credit Manager of Strategic Client Group, Washington Mutual
  • Professor of Economics, Olivet Nazarene University
  • Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Portland Branch)
  • Federal Reserve Bank (Washington, D.C.)
  • Economics High School Teacher
  • Account Manager, Pacific Capital Resource Group
  • Finance Faculty, Linfield College
  • University of Illinois
  • Oregon State University
  • City, University of London
  • Colorado State University
  • London School of Economics
  • University of New Orleans
  • Cornell University
  • UCLA
  • Emory University
  • Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services
  • Malaysian Government office
  • Department of Commerce (Washington D.C.)
  • United States International Trade Commission
  • Consulting for Victoria’s Lavender on pricing policies
  • Economics instruction at Hillsboro High School
  • Study abroad at Oxford
  • Students can attend multiple speaking events featuring Nobel Prize winning economists
  • FINCA, Quito, Equador
  • Economic Impact Studies for Regional Partners

Student Experiences

Imani Kamau ('17)

Studying economics through a Christian lens has facilitated the acquisition of tools that have helped me conceptually and quantitatively analyze economic conditions in the world, as well as fueled my passion to develop sustainable and equitable solutions to the socioeconomic challenges Kenya and similar African countries face.

- Imani Kamau ('17)
Graduate Student, London School of Economics

Luke Petach ('14)

"The economics major at George Fox helped me develop both the analytic tools and the critical thinking ability necessary to succeed as an economist. The major did not just set me up to be a better economist than I otherwise might have been, but it helped me to be a better human being as well."

- Luke Petach ('14)
Economics Faculty Member, Belmont University

Points of Distinction

  • Small, student-focused classes allow for personal attention from professors.
  • Professors emphasize a broad range of ethical considerations – not just the bottom line.
  • A dual quantitative and global business focus ensures a rigorous and yet well-rounded education while giving graduates a competitive edge in the job market.
  • In their courses students will be taught tools to perform rigorous data analysis.
  • Students will learn from faculty who are actively engaged with scholarship in their fields.

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 regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.

Applied Knowledge

Through completing field experience or a research project, all economics students apply their knowledge to real-world opportunities during their coursework.