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Study business near one of the leading financial and corporate centers in the world—Chicago. A business major or minor at Lake Forest College provides students with fundamental accounting and finance tools that can be applied to virtually any industry or leveraged to enable students to start their own businesses.

Business is a highly practical area of study focusing on established theories applied to real-life applications with an eye on the increasingly global and technologically sophisticated business world. Business majors will be able to demonstrate the fundamentals of accounting, marketing and finance. The goal of the program at Lake Forest College is to master fundamental skills, encourage collaboration, and develop self-awareness leading to successful business leadership. A minor is also offered to compliment any major on campus providing a distinguishing attribute to potential employers.

Alexis Yusim
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.
Alexis Yusim

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.

Opportunities for Engagement

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Lake Forest College Investment Club

Students listen to talks by finance professionals learn the basics of investing through the "Wall Street Bootcamp" program.


Financial Management Association

The FMA is a global organization that provides knowledge and resources to help people make informed financial decisions.

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Omicron Delta Epsilon

Omicron Delta Epsilon recognizes outstanding academic achievements in economics.


American Marketing Association

The AMA provides invaluable professional developent and networking opportunities.

Did you know?

  • Over three billion people around the world live on $2 or less a day. Each spring students have the opportunity to participate in the Forgotten Majority Business Conference on campus.

  • Many of our economics, finance, business, and entrepreneurship students participate in Lake Forest College In The Loop, the College’s off-campus residential semester program in Chicago. Students reside at The Flats, the College’s residential building located in the heart of the South Loop, while also completing academic coursework and an internship in their area of study.

  • One of the key components of a successful business is the ability to communicate the value of their product to consumers. Students learn to write well and communicate effectively beginning in the first semester and culminating with a research paper or thesis in their senior year. 

  • Economics, finance, business, and entrepreneurship students take advantage of our close proximity to Chicago participating in multiple internships.

  • Combining a finance or business major with the entrepreneurship minor creates a powerful combination for launching your own business.
  • The business-related student-run organizations provide the opportunity to develop leadership skills with hands-on activities, participation in regional and national conferences, and professional development networking.

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Robert Lemke
Professor of Economics and Business
Chair of Economics, Business, and Finance
Brown Hall 418

Kathy Hawkins
Department Assistant
Brown Hall 255

Prachi Rangan
Department Assistant
Brown Hall 255