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

  • France 24, an international TV channel based in Paris, recently interviewed Rob Baade via Skype, about Paris 2024 and the economic impact of hosting the Olympic Games.
  • When he was a high school senior in North Carolina, Sam Freedberg ’17 almost tossed his recruitment letter from the Forester swim coach. This month, he set a meet record while swimming for Lake Forest College.
  • New Internationalist cites Professor of Economics Rob Baade as an expert in a recent article on the economics of the Olympic Games.
  • This year, to supplement the new accounting concentration available for business majors, students have an opportunity to join the newly formed Accounting Club. Professor David Jordan, who teaches some of the accounting courses, will serve as the faculty advisor, and Madison Coffey will serve as President. The goal of the club is for students to develop a professional network and gain an understanding of the accounting world through a variety of activities, including presentations by guest speakers, visits to Chicago-area firms, attending accounting-related seminars, and exploring career and internship opportunities. Look for more information on meeting times and activities at the start of spring semester or go to my.involvement on the my.lakeforest page.
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