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Become a problem solver in an ever-evolving field. The finance major at Lake Forest College prepares students for careers across the broad and diverse financial services industry, including investment management, trading, corporate finance, commercial and investment banking, insurance and risk management.

Finance is a diverse field requiring highly specialized skills to succeed in a dynamic and growing industry. The goal of our finance program is to produce career-ready graduates who are able to compete successfully in today’s job market. Our curriculum is consistent with both the CFA © (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CFP © (Certified Financial Planner) programs. The finance major focuses on asset valuation and pricing, risk measures and metrics, time value of money, discounted cash flow analysis, investment analysis, portfolio management, accounting, statistical analysis, mathematics and ethics.

A minor in finance is also offered to compliment any major on campus providing a distinguishing attribute to potential employers.

Peter Rantis
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.
Peter Rantis

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.

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 the economics, finance, business, and entrepreneurship students take advantage of our “In The Loop” program. Students reside in Hostelling International in the Chicago Loop for a semester of academics, internships, and co-curricular activities. 

  • Students learn statistical analysis techniques using quantitative and qualitative data that are consistent with the evolving financial services industry.

  • 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.

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Contact Us

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