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Economics, Business, and Finance

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

Economics

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

Learn Analytical and Quantitative Skills

The economics major allows students to develop the analytical and quantitative skills that virtually all employers value. Courses tap into the rich resources of Chicago providing students with firsthand insight into the influence of economic forces in society. Our professors are experts in their field with broad experience and national and international recognition yet teaching is their top priority. Students have access to some of the finest internships available to undergrads anywhere.

Business

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.

Access Chicago: A Business World Leader

With easy access to one of the leading corporate centers in the world—Chicago—students majoring in business at Lake Forest College have career-building opportunities you won’t find at most other colleges. Professors have vast connections and use the rich resources of Chicago to complement class work and demonstrate the practical applications of theories learned in the classroom. Students are exposed to some of the finest internship opportunities in the country and graduate with the skills and experience necessary to become successful business leaders.

Finance

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.

Explore Finance in Chicago

Lake Forest College is one of the few liberal arts colleges that offers a major in finance. We prepare students for careers in a diverse financial services industry including investment management, trading, corporate finance, commercial and investment banking, insurance and risk management. Chicago is one of the top ten global financial centers in the world, and our ideal location provides students with unparalleled access to this dynamic community through experiential course work and some of the finest internships anywhere. Lake Forest College finance majors graduate prepared to compete successfully in today’s job market.

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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/5809-alum-to-teach-economics-at-smith-college"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1376,1836/26353_zapryanova_mariyana-2.rev.1431019001.jpg" alt="Mariyana Zapryanova" title="Mariyana Zapryanova" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1376,1836/26353_zapryanova_mariyana-2.rev.1431019001.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1376,1836/26353_zapryanova_mariyana-2.rev.1431019001.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1376" data-max-h="1836"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “I really want to return to a liberal arts college and to influence students in similar ways that I was influenced by my professors at Lake Forest College.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/5809-alum-to-teach-economics-at-smith-college">Mariyana was hired as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Smith College after completing her doctorate program at the University of Wisconsin.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/6986-a-forester-you-should-know-nina-radakovich"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,230,176/32310_nina.rev.1464281568.jpg" alt="Nina Radakovich ’16" title="Nina Radakovich ’16" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="176"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “A lot of alumni are at your disposal to help with <strong>networking</strong> and <strong>mentoring</strong>.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/6986-a-forester-you-should-know-nina-radakovich">Nina Radakovich ’16 interned for an alum at DuPuis and became a freelance strategist after graduation. </a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/5722-new-york-new-york"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,230,323/30096_25624_unknown.rev.1452291554.jpg" alt="Mason Luis Zuniga" title="Mason Luis Zuniga" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="323"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “I want to have a better understanding of the public finance world, which is different than a lot of other finance sectors.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/5722-new-york-new-york">Mason Zuniga found a good internship match for his interests in New York.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2388-garr-punnett-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,768,1152/36524_punnett_with_christina_bear_2014.rev.1489773145.jpg" alt="Garr Punnett ’14" title="Garr Punnett ’14" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,768,1152/36524_punnett_with_christina_bear_2014.rev.1489773145.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,768,1152/36524_punnett_with_christina_bear_2014.rev.1489773145.jpg 3x" data-max-w="768" data-max-h="1152"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “While my position at Harpo Studios did not include applying the theories and principles that I spent four years studying at Lake Forest College, my economics degree was more about honing my abilities to think critically.” </p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/2388-garr-punnett-14">Garr Punnett ’14 is using his experience in the entertainment industry to work on bridging the gap between consumers and the sustainability industry.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/7056-young-alumnus-invests-in-current-students"><img src="/live/image/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/32305_dan_turk.rev.1464278090.jpg" alt="Dan Turk ’15" title="Dan Turk ’15" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/32305_dan_turk.rev.1464278090.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/187/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2048,1365/32305_dan_turk.rev.1464278090.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2048" data-max-h="1365"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “One of the things we’re very fortunate to have at Lake Forest College is alumni support for our students. Dan took time out of his busy schedule to meet with our students and help give them not only a greater understanding of their future in banking, but also an important contact.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/7056-young-alumnus-invests-in-current-students">Dan Turk ’15, an investment banking analyst at Moelis & Company in New York City, shared vital insight about this competitive field with a small group of students.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/675-ariana-rincon"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1365,2048/29307_rincon_ariana140814lp10.rev.1447692760.jpg" alt="Ariana Rincon" title="Ariana Rincon" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/26/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1365,2048/29307_rincon_ariana140814lp10.rev.1447692760.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/26/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1365,2048/29307_rincon_ariana140814lp10.rev.1447692760.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1365" data-max-h="2048"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “The William and Mary Master of Accounting program has been a remarkably rewarding experience that has proven to be invaluable in both my personal and professional life.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="/live/profiles/675-ariana-rincon">Read more about Ariana and her fast track into the College of William and Mary’s Mason School of Business</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/5788-ready-for-the-real-world"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,230,248/29551_26155_alexis_yusim_.rev.1448476809.jpg" alt="Alexis Yusim" title="Alexis Yusim" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="230" data-max-h="248"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “There’s a lot going into the position that my liberal arts background has prepared me for.  I’ve learned to analyze things quantitatively and qualitatively.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/5788-ready-for-the-real-world">Alexis Yusim ’15 found a job as a Research Analyst at a consulting firm.</a>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/5811-a-new-skill-set"><img src="/live/image/gid/26/width/242/height/242/crop/1/src_region/0,0,200,200/30094_26352_peter_rantis_cowen_internship.rev.1452289452.jpg" alt="Peter Rantis" title="Peter Rantis" class="lw_image" width="242" height="242" data-max-w="200" data-max-h="200"/></a></span></span><div class="quote"><p> “We have a great finance program at Lake Forest where the professors are looking out for their students.  I’m getting great guidance to launch my career.”</p></div><a class="recruit-link" href="https://www.lakeforest.edu/live/news/5811-a-new-skill-set">Peter completed a summer internship in San Francisco with Cowen and Company.</a>