Management Major (BA)

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


A bachelor’s degree in management from George Fox University will help you develop the management and leadership principles you will need to be an effective leader in today’s business world.

As a management major, you will take 60 semester hours in courses that include entrepreneurship, leading and managing people, international management, operations management and organizational behavior. You will also have the opportunity to prove your management skills by creating and running a business during your senior year.

Our graduates are prepared for professional careers or for graduate training in business or other areas. They have gone on to earn their MBAs, start their own companies and become successful executives in all sectors of business.

In the News

Kevin Tshilombo

Grad finds true connections at Microsoft

Kevin Tshilombo excelled as a business student at George Fox, earning his diploma in 2020 with a double major in management and marketing. But that wasn’t the only reason he was swooped up by Microsoft more than eight months prior to graduation.

Tshilombo, who at the time had just completed a summer internship at the software giant’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters, thinks it was his ability to connect with a wide range of people that ultimately got him the job.

“I feel I might have separated myself from some of my peers by actively trying to engage with people who are different than me,” he says. “Whether it be culturally, different walks of life, different backgrounds, I really tried to make those true connections, and then I always made sure to stay true to myself in whatever I did." Read more ...

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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:
New Venture Feasibility Focuses on developing ideas for new businesses. Case studies and group exercises are utilized to help students determine which ideas might result in feasible businesses. Students select a business idea and then write a feasibility plan, a first step in developing a detailed business plan. This plan will determine if the idea has profit potential. Prerequisites: BUSN 110 Introduction to Business and MKTG 260 Principles of Marketing.
This course recognizes that managers are also called upon to be leaders. The differences between a leader and manager will be discussed with focus on effective leadership and management skills, philosophies and orientations. Prerequisite: MGMT 260 Principles of Management.
Managing and organizing global operations, with attention to both multinational corporations and nonprofit organizations. Consideration will be given to the strategy and structure of international business, the practices of international commerce, the challenges of living and working in other cultures, and career development in a global context. Prerequisite: MGMT 260 Principles of Management.
This course examines the basic principles of managing the production and distribution of goods and services. The course provides frameworks and tools to target and implement improvements in business processes. Prerequisites: MGMT 260 Principles of Management 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.
This course examines the complex and dynamic interactions of people and organizations in society. Particular focus will be on organizational theory, human perception, motivation, group dynamics, power, conflict, culture, leadership, organizational development, and managing change. Prerequisite: MGMT 260 Principles of Management.
Choose one of the following:
3 hours required
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 course focuses on the following topics: basic theory of consumer behavior; production and costs; partial equilibrium analysis of pricing in competitive and monopolistic markets; general equilibrium; welfare; and externalities. The approach involves advanced algebra and rigorous application of concepts and methods to the analysis of markets from a decision making perspective. While required for economics majors this course is also valuable for student majoring in finance and management. Prerequisites: ECON 212 Principles of Microeconomics and MATH 190 Precalculus or higher.
Business Plan Development: This course is designed to immerse the student in the dynamics of planning, establishing, and growing a new business. The course focuses on the development of a business plan that identifies a market need, evaluates the financial viability of the venture, and organizes the resources to launch the business. This course is taught in a seminar format using both the analysis of cases and the evaluation of business plans. Prerequisites: ENPR 300 Entrepreneurship I and MKTG 260 Principles of Marketing.
This course deals with the application of statistical techniques to the analysis of economic data. Economists, financial analysts and others rely on econometric methods to estimate relationships and forecast employment, income and other trends. This course emphasizes hands-on application of econometric techniques to a variety of publicly available data. Considerable attention will be paid to the nature and sources of economic data and the application of econometric methods to common questions of value to managers and public decision-makers. Prerequisites: 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.
Supervised experiences in businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

George Fox offers a management major that integrates Christian values.

Employment of management occupations is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, resulting in about 807,300 new jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This growth will be fueled by many factors, including the wide variety of positions available to management majors, the expected retirement of many baby boomers currently in upper-management positions, and the opportunities presented by an ever-growing global marketplace.

  • VP, Product Line Manager, Nike
  • Finance Manager, Microsoft
  • Store Manager, Sherwin Williams
  • Manager, Chase Bank
  • Account Representative, AT&T
  • Manager, Columbia Sportswear
  • Manager, Target
  • Staff Accountant, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Account Executive, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide
  • Marketing, Delap & Associates 
  • Account Executive, Tulsa Shock, WNBA
  • 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
  • YMCA
  • World Vision
  • Wells Fargo
  • Walla Walla Sweets (minor league baseball)
  • SP Newsprint
  • Bank of America
  • Safeway
  • Vista Hills Vineyard
  • Newberg Chamber of Commerce
  • American Family Insurance

Student Experiences

Bo Jin

“As a management major I learned how to relate concepts from classes to the real business world. I also really liked the idea of doing real business projects in my Senior Capstone course before graduation. George Fox has really helped prepare me for my future.” 

- Bo Jin

Hilary Sarjent

“In one of my management classes, we were given a case study and asked to identify who had the potential to cause the most harm. The professor directed our attention to the person who knew what was happening was wrong but did not use their influence to correct the situation. Many universities can teach how to be a business professional, but few can also help shape people into being like Christ.”

- Hilary Sarjent

Points of Distinction

  • Students will be presented with a curriculum that is firmly rooted in business ethics.
  • An integrated business curriculum creates well-rounded graduates by exposing students to multiple business functional areas.
  • Small, student-focused classes allow for personal attention from professors.  
  • A strong global business focus ensures a well-rounded education and gives graduates a competitive edge in the job market.

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.