George Fox Pathways

Free online courses that move you forward

Step into a brighter future.

Thinking about finishing your degree? Get started by taking a free online college course through George Fox Pathways.

Our Pathways courses are taught by expert faculty and industry professionals. It's a great way to expand your knowledge and cultivate the skills employers value – and it's free.

That's right, totally free!
You only pay a fee if you want to earn a transcripted college credit for taking the course.

As you take the road on your professional journey, we’ve got the pathways for you!

Courses are self-guided, so you can progress through the content on your own schedule. Take a look at the class options below and sign up today.

At a Glance

8 courses Available for free!

Online format

1.5–3 hours Per module to watch course content and complete assignments.*

* Not interested in credit? No sweat! Pathways are built for you to explore, meaning there's no expectation that you complete readings or submit assignments.

Pathways Courses

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Career Advancement

Are you thinking about changing careers? Want to update your resume? Check out this practical course taught by a career strategist with the most up-to-date guidelines for job hunting success.

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Cybersecurity Management

Learn essential skills to help protect yourself and your organization from cyber threats through exploration of information security concepts, security planning, and building awareness to address cyber risks.

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Data Governance

Ever wonder if the data you use is trustworthy? Learn how data analytics and informatics professionals work to protect the data assets of an organization in the ever-changing world of technology.

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Healthcare Administration

Take a sneak peek into the highly relevant world of healthcare administration, where new projects and challenges are emerging every day. Choose from guided and self-directed learning options.

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Mental Health Studies

This Pathway will help you gain a broad understanding of the mental health field. You’ll also explore career opportunities in the helping professions and examine the basic tenets of the study of psychology and stress.

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Organizational Leadership

This personalized Pathway will help you to discover your unique leadership style and gain valuable skills for effective decision-making, communication, and conflict resolution.

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Project Management

From traditional to agile methodologies, this Pathway will examine how project management has evolved over time and become the foundation of industry globally.

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Writing Excellence

Learn the skills you need to captivate, educate, and persuade your readers in any situation. Join us as we review the rules that have changed and the current techniques that ensure clear, effective, memorable communication.

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Flexible Online Format

Let’s face it: You’re busy. You might think your schedule won’t allow you to go to school while also working and having a family life. For that reason, we’ve designed our courses to be asynchronous, meaning they don’t start at a specified time, so you can check in at your convenience.

Some courses may include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous engagement, offering you the opportunity to discuss ideas with your instructor and peers in real time via Zoom.


Program Details

  • Pathways serve as introductions to the George Fox University community. These aren’t simply orientations or introductory courses. Rather, they provide a four-module deep dive into a content area, providing students a condensed overview of content available in a given field.
  • All Pathways courses are graded pass/no pass.
  • We have removed the barriers of affordability, location, timing, and commitment by permitting anyone with a high school diploma or equivalency to soak in the transformative, eye-opening engagement of university-level learning.
  • Think online programs are impersonal? Think again! Our Be Known promise – our commitment to getting to know students personally, academically and spiritually – is alive and well on the internet! You will connect personally with your professor and peers.
  • If, after taking the course, you want to get transcripted credit for it, simply complete the course assignments by August 18, December 15 or April 26 – then pay a $499 one-credit fee. Otherwise, it’s totally free!
  • Pathways courses are open to all but current George Fox traditional undergraduate students, but we hope to open them to these students as well soon.

Our Professors

Debbie Austin

Debbie Austin, DBA, PMP

Instructor, Pathway to Project Management

Aurae Beidler

Aurae Beidler, MHA, RHIA, CHC, CHPS

Instructor, Pathway to Cybersecurity Management , Pathway to Data Governance

Rae Casey

Rae Casey, PHD

Instructor, Pathway to Organizational Leadership

Wendy Flint

Wendy Flint, PhD

Instructor, Pathway to Career Advancement

Jennie Harrop

Jennie Harrop, PhD, DMin, MFA

Instructor, Pathway to Writing Excellence

Kristin Minter

Kristin Minter, PhD

Instructor, Pathway to Mental Health Studies

Emily Swann

Emily Swann, MPH

Instructor, Pathway to Healthcare Administration


How do I purchase credit?

If, after taking a Pathways course, you want to get transcripted credit for it, fill out the Pathways Credit form to purchase credit.

To be eligible for credit, you'll need to complete the course requirements by one of the following deadlines: August 18, December 15, or April 26. 

To order a transcript showing your Pathways credit, follow these instructions for ordering a transcript, or contact the Registrar at or 503-554-2218.

While there is no official certification connected to Pathways courses, you may earn one credit for the course, if you elect to purchase it. To transfer the credit to another institution or for proof of completion, students must request transcripts.

Today is the first day of your future.

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  2. Sign up and register

  3. Start learning when the course starts

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