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Finance

Intentional career preparation and experiential learning in finance

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The finance major at Lake Forest 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.

Study finance at Lake Forest College

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 program 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
  • Ethics

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

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Throughout college, I was lucky to be part of a collaborative and fast-paced classroom. The ability to learn in that environment helped me transition into my career. Teamwork, presentations, and communication skills in addition to the ability to think critically has helped to prepare me to become an active listener and ask questions of my team in the workplace.
Jacqueline Rogers '20 - Associate at Stout

Experience one of the top ten global financial centers in the world

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 coursework and some of the finest internships anywhere.

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.

Lake Forest College finance majors graduate prepared to compete successfully in today’s job market, and with access to the weath of networking connections in Chicago, our graduates move into the world beyond our gates with confidence. 

Careers in finance

Our finance graduates find success across major financial organizations such as:

  • Northern Trust
  • BMO Capital Markets
  • FDIC
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Allstate Insurance
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • UBS Financial Services
  • United Healthcare
  • Stonebridge Wealth Management
  • Wells Fargo
Christine Dossa, finance student
Being in the finance department, I feel like the professors know me personally and are always willing to help and provide guidance. I appreciate all of the opportunities we get to learn and network outside of class.
Christine Dossa '25

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.

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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.

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American Marketing Association

The AMA provides invaluable professional development and networking opportunities.

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Contact Us

Robert Lemke
Professor of Economics and Business
Chair of Economics, Business, and Finance
Brown Hall 418
847-735-5143
lemke@lacarteeconovista.com

Kathy Hawkins
Department Assistant
Brown Hall 255
847-735-5122
khawkins@lacarteeconovista.com

Prachi Rangan
Department Assistant
Brown Hall 255
847-735-5121
prangan@lacarteeconovista.com