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

  • Beginning fall 2016, business students can take courses in this growing field.
  • Risk analysis and problem solving are just two exciting components of an insurance career. Learn more about this fresh look at the insurance industry at a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 25 at 6 p.m.
  • 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 Kailey Gonzalez ’18, a Business major and a double minor in Entrepreneurship and Studio Art currently studying abroad in Florence, Italy.
  • Tom Ricketts, chairman of the Chicago Cubs and a lifelong fan, spoke about building a winning baseball team in an on-campus talk sponsored by the Department of Economics, Business, and Finance on September 29. 
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