Christian College in Oregon Now Offers Entrepreneurship Major at Undergraduate Level

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Discipline is one of five new majors to be introduced by George Fox University’s School of Business this fall

We’ve found there is a demand for majors that specialize in these areas of business

George Fox University’s School of Business will offer a new bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship when undergraduate classes resume this fall.

The entrepreneurship major is designed for those students who have aspirations of creating and operating their own business. The major provides the requisite business skills while also focusing on the business idea and the innovating thinking behind that idea.

Those in the major prepare a business plan that is presented to various potential sources of funding. Students also complete an internship with a business startup or entrepreneurial venture. Classes in the 60-semester-hour program cover topics that include new venture feasibility, business plan development and marketing research and decision making.

The major is one of five new offerings in the George Fox School of Business. Also added this fall will be bachelor’s degrees in global business, management, finance and marketing. The new majors will replace the current business administration major, which included concentrations, and will thereby give students more specialized majors of study in various business disciplines.

The school will retain its other two undergraduate business majors, in economics and accounting.

“We’ve found there is a demand for majors that specialize in these areas of business,” said Dirk Barram, interim dean of the School of Business. “Not only is there student interest, but as a school we want to continue to expand our curriculum and offer greater depth and breadth in our courses. Students have told us they want more than simply concentrations in these areas; they want majors that give them more specialization in their area of interest. We believe this will give them an even greater opportunity to succeed once they graduate.”

To accommodate the expansion of course work, the School of Business has hired six additional faculty members over the past two years, including one professor from England and, for this fall, two from China.

The school is also requiring students to earn 60 semester hours in each of the new majors, an 18-hour increase over the 42 required previously.

Ultimately, graduates of George Fox’s School of Business are prepared for professional careers or for graduate training in business or other areas. Many go on to earn their MBAs, start their own companies, and become successful executives in all sectors of business.

In addition to its undergraduate programs, George Fox offers a Part-Time MBA program at its Portland Center near Tigard, in downtown Portland, and at the university’s Boise Center in Boise, Idaho. Also offered is a Full-Time MBA program at its residential campus in Newberg, Ore.

In addition, the School of Business offers a 56-credit-hour Doctor of Business Administration program that prepares Christian business educators to teach effectively in the college or university classroom. The three-year course features online classes, web-enhanced hybrid courses, and three residency visits to its Newberg, Ore., campus.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as one of the top 100 colleges in the country and highest among Christian colleges. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 10 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Dirk Barram
Interim Dean, School of Business


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