Common Career Paths

  • Business (international or domestic)
  • Government (international relations or domestic)
  • International development / public health
  • Missions
  • Education (ESL, K-12)
  • Nonprofit management
International Studies

George Fox’s international studies major is ideal for those who have a passion to learn about and, potentially, work in other cultures. The international studies program prepares you to work in foreign missions, international commerce, economic development, and government service.

Students enroll in foreign language, political science, economics, anthropology, religion, and communication courses taught in a Christian college setting. The major also includes a strong international fieldwork emphasis.

Envision yourself pursuing a career in international education, trade and finance, missions, or relief and development? This major may be the fit for you. Many students in the program also pursue graduate studies in law, diplomacy, theology, business administration and other fields.

Request information about the international studies major at George Fox University or apply now to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

International studies student

Job Outlook

Graduates of the international studies program have gone on to pursue diverse career paths both at home and abroad, including teaching positions in France and China, leading Nike's North American Soccer operations and working as a peace building advocate for World Vision.
  • Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Missionary, Evangelical Friends Mission
  • Arts Specialist, Wycliffe Bible Translators (Maluku, Indonesia)
  • English Teacher, Hubei Polytechnic Institute (Xiaogan, China)
  • English Teacher, Acadomia (Paris)
  • General Manager, North American Soccer at Nike
  • Manager of China Office, NEAC, Inc.
  • National Case Manager Advocacy Coordinator, TEAR Australia
  • Coordinator of Women’s Services, Catholic Charities of Oregon
  • Project Coordinator, Jordanian Women’s Union
  • Project Coordinator for Global Nutrition Collaborative, Presbytery of Boston
  • University Affairs Director, University of Washington
  • Research Assistant, International Relations Department, Wycliffe Bible Translators
  • Peace Corps volunteer
  • Teacher, various public and private schools
  • ESL Teacher, Beaverton School District
  • Social worker, Heartland Alliance
  • Director, Emeritus Instructional Program, Saddleback College
  • Peacebuilding Advocacy Coordinator, World Vision
  • Middle East Studies Program, International Studies Intern
  • Generation Opportunity, Grassroots Intern
  • Catholic Charities, Refugee Resettlement Program
  • Evangelical Friends Missions, Missions Intern
  • Quaker United Nations Office, Program Assistant
  • University of Glasgow (U.K.)
  • University of Washington
  • La Sorbonne (Paris)
  • Georgetown University
  • University of Hyderabad (India)
  • Kingston University (London)
  • University of Arizona
  • Monash University (Melbourne)
  • University of Denver
  • Temple University Law School
  • Tufts University
  • Eastern University

Points of Distinction

  • In addition to the normal courses in international politics, foreign languages, global economics and cultural anthropology, students can take multiple classes reflecting the university’s unique Friends (Quaker) heritage and Christ-centered culture, ranging from global missions to international conflict and peace.
  • The university’s tradition of sending graduates to work in international venues – from business and government to missions and peacemaking work – endows us with a wide range of contacts and alumni who can enrich programs on campus and provide connections for students looking for opportunities.
  • All international studies majors spend a semester abroad immersed in a foreign culture. Many of these foreign experiences include involvement in Christian ministries, an expansion of our campus-wide emphasis on international educational experiences.
  • Faculty from five major disciplines support the international studies major: politics, business and economics, religion, sociology and foreign languages.

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
    Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad. That ranks in the top 60 out of 1,800 American colleges!
  • Small classes
    Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll get to know your professors on a personal level.
  • National recognition
    George Fox has been recognized as a top-tier university by publications like Forbes, U.S. News and World Report and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.