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 four-week 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!

Classes begin the week of Jan. 24, 2022, and run for four weeks. Our courses are currently in session, but it's not too late to join! See details below.

At a Glance

4 weeks To complete a Pathways course

Online format

1.5–3 hours Weekly time commitment 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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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-week 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 spend four weeks soaking 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 pay a $499 one-credit fee within 12 months of completion. 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

Rae Casey

Rae Casey, PHD

Instructor, Pathway to Organizational Leadership

Jennie Harrop

Jennie Harrop, PhD, DMin, MFA

Instructor, Pathway to Writing Excellence

Emily Pearlman

Emily Pearlman, MPH

Instructor, Pathway to Healthcare Administration

Michelle Shelton

Michelle Shelton, EdD, MA

Instructor, Pathway to Mental Health Studies

Today is the first day of your future.

Get started now.

  1. Choose your course

  2. Sign up and register

  3. Start learning when the course starts

Choose a Course

No application is required!

Interested in how a Pathways course can help you finish your degree?

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Finish Your Bachelor's Degree

George Fox University also offers accredited, fully online bachelor's degree completion programs designed for working adults.
Learn more about our online degree opportunities.

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Contact Us

Jennie Harrop

Jennie Harrop, PhD, DMin, MFA

Associate Dean, George Fox Connect

Associate Professor of Professional Studies