Economics, Business, and Finance

The Department of Economics, Business, and Finance offers majors and minors in all three areas.

Lake Forest is one of only a few liberal arts colleges to offer a finance major. It prepares students for a career in investment analysis and trading, investment banking, and finance.

The business major is structured to provide an overview of various business operations, including accounting, finance, and marketing, along with important background in economics and statistics. Students can choose elective courses from a variety of areas, or they can choose to do a concentration in either accounting or marketing.

The major in economics is a strong, traditional program with a reputation for rigor, depth, and breadth.

Students in all three majors frequently take advantage of local, national, and international internship opportunities. 

Our graduates have taken their strong preparation to careers at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Morgan Stanley, as well as graduate programs at Northwestern, University of Chicago, and Harvard, among many others.

Department News

  • Professor of Economics and Business Robert Baade weighs in on on the economic risks of Los Angeles’ 2024 Olympics bid in two publications.
  • Hajar Habbal ’20 has been selected from a group of national finalists to become one of 16 in this year’s incoming class of the prestigious Kemper Scholars Program. 

  • Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Daniel Solano ’18 a double major in Political Science and Economics currently studying in Brussels, Belgium.
  • Nearly 70 students attended a panel discussion to learn about careers in advertising, marketing and public relations and network with four professionals.
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