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 (accounting, finance, and marketing), with an emphasis on the economic environment of business and on analytical and communication skills.

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.
  • Finance is one of the most-popular programs at Lake Forest College, with 146 students officially listed as majors. Psychology is a close second with 141 declared majors.
  • Three student businesses earned top prizes and more than $10,000 in seed money during the final round of the College’s Shark Tank-style Pitch It contest held on April 19.
  • 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 Fernando Figueroa ’17, a Biology major and a minor in Economics/Chemistry currently studying abroad in Costa Rica.
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