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Why study business, economics, or finance at Lake Forest College?

With easy access to Chicago, one of the leading financial and corporate centers in the world, students majoring in business, economics, or finance at Lake Forest College have career-building opportunities unmatched by most other colleges. Courses that tap into the rich resources of the city along with some of the finest internship prospects in the country provide students with experiences and the skills necessary to become successful business leaders.

Lake Forest College students have interned at the Chicago Board of Trade, Edelman Public Relations, Morgan Stanley, United Airlines, and more, and graduates are employed at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Girl Scouts, Steppenwolf Theater Company, and Discover Financial, among other prestigious companies.

Recent graduates have gone on to master’s and PhD programs at Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, New York University, and University of Virginia. 

Courses in the department emphasize developing students’ computer software and critical thinking skills, said Carolyn Tuttle, Betty Jane Schultz Hollender Professor of Economics and Business.

“It makes our classes tougher, but students end up leaving with the kind of skills that they can use and apply everywhere in life,” she said.

More than 40 percent of students double major, which Tuttle says “rounds out their liberal arts education” and “opens up more possibilities in the career paths they can take.”

The department relies on its accomplished faculty to provide students with practical research experiences on a range of topics. Before graduating, some students are listed as co-authors on a published article.