Finance Major (BA)

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


The discipline of finance is at the heart of all businesses. Virtually all business decisions have a financial dimension. Understanding the financial implications of a decision is crucial for effective management and a successful business.

That’s why a degree in finance from George Fox University is so valuable – it gives you the tools you’ll need to be successful in a complex, challenging, and ever-changing business world.

Preparation for a Variety of Careers in the Financial Sector

Our 60-semester-hour course of study will give you the necessary management skills required for analyzing and executing the financial aspects of managerial decisions. Graduates of our finance major are prepared for careers in the high-end financial industry, such as corporate financial management, investments, banking, mutual funds, and financial services.

Finance students are also prepared for graduate training in finance or other business areas. They have gone on to earn their MBAs, start their own companies and become successful executives in all sectors of business.

The major’s course of study includes classes in corporate finance, investments, financial analysis and strategy, international trade and finance, and financial markets and institutions.

Faculty Mentoring to Prepare You for the CFA Exam

One of our finance professors holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is the faculty liaison to the CFA Institute and actively engages with the local CFA society. Among his responsibilities are helping students prepare for the CFA exam and connecting students with professionals in the financial and investment industry.

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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

Complete the following:

Course provides an overview of international trade and finance. Trade theory is applied to understanding the direction of trade flows, the impact of trade barriers, and the role of bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations. The international finance portion of the course will consider the balance of payments, foreign exchange rates, and the globalization of financial markets. Throughout the course attention will be paid to global and national institutional arrangements which determine and influence trade and financial flows. Prerequisites: ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics and ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics.
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 is an exploration of financial markets and institutions. The course will examine the role of depository institutions, insurance companies, investment banks and other financial intermediaries in the global economy. Topics include recent developments in financial markets and in the regulatory environment of these markets and institutions. Prerequisites: ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics, ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics and FINC 260 Business Finance.
In this course, we will cover Topics 33 – 41 of the CFP Board Principal Knowledge Topics. Areas of focus will include: characteristics, uses and taxation of investment vehicles, types of investment risk, measures of investment returns, asset allocation and diversification, bond and stock valuation, portfolio development and analysis, investment strategies, and alternative investments. Prerequisites: FINC 250 Personal Financial Planning for Professionals, FINC 320 Income Tax Planning and FINC 260 Business Finance.
This course will emphasize financial forecasting, modeling, and simulation to determine the impact of management decisions on profitability, financial position, and cash flows of the firm. It will also focus on the analysis of risk and return, risk management, and capital structure. Prerequisite: FINC 300 Intermediate Financial Management.
This seminar will focus on current issues and developments in the field of finance. Prerequisites: FINC 300 Intermediate Financial Management and senior standing.
Supervised experiences in businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies. Pass/No Pass.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

George Fox offers a finance major that integrates Christian values.

Employment opportunities in the financial sector are expected to grow faster than average during the next five to 10 years – especially careers in personal finance. A more complex financial environment coupled with an increasing number of baby boomers who need to invest their retirement savings wisely both contribute to this positive outlook. Solid knowledge of financial products and statistical techniques combined with strong relational skills will lead to high employment demand.

  • Financial Representative, Country Financial
  • Finance Manager, Microsoft
  • Accountant, KPMG
  • Account Manager, Standard Insurance
  • VP, Product Line Manager, Nike
  • Partner/Financial Consultant (CFP), Frazier Hunnicutt Financial
  • Manager, Chase Bank
  • Account Executive, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide
  • Account Representative, AT&T
  • Staff Accountant, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Consultant, Deloitte
  • University of Illinois
  • Oregon State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Paris School of Business
  • City University London
  • The Ohio State University
  • Syracuse University
  • Colorado State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • San Diego State University
  • Federal Reserve Bank (Washington, DC)
  • American Family Insurance
  • Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services
  • Hope International
  • Open Arms International
  • USAID (Ghana)

Student Experiences

Alex OpBroek

“Coming to George Fox I was one of the few honest freshmen – an undecided major. After my business intro class though, I finally found where my passion was. I hesitate to think about what I’d do without the School of Business at George Fox, and I know my future is so much more open because of my involvement here.”

- Alex OpBroek

Luke Thompson

“Perhaps the greatest thing I have received from my education at George Fox is confidence. I am confident that I will know how to handle any type of situation I face later in life and that I will be able to integrate my faith in the world of business.”

- Luke Thompson

Points of Distinction

  • Students will learn about financial management from both a personal and corporate perspective.
  • Small, student-focused classes allow for personal attention from professors.
  • Our faculty are active in their field and have been published in top-tier business journals.
  • Students will be presented with a curriculum that is firmly rooted in business ethics.
  • Students will benefit from the strong financial marketplace connections that are maintained by the College of Business.  

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.