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Columbia Business School to Introduce Unique Consumer Finance Course as Part of New Cross-Disciplinary Approach

Columbia Business School (CBS) this year will identify and develop new cross-disciplinary areas (CDAs) that combine research, collaboration and teaching disciplines from across multiple divisions within the school. This new initiative, designed to reflect the cross-functional operations students will confront in the real business world, will include a number of new courses co-taught by experts from several different fields.

One such course, “The Psychology and Economics of Consumer Finance,” is built around helping students understand how household decisions impact the macroeconomy and what drives consumer financial behavior. Co-taught by Professor Eric Johnson, an expert in consumer behavior, and Professor Stephen Zeldes, a finance and economics expert, the course will debut this fall. It is the first course at CBS to ever focus on consumer finance and one of few such courses offered by any of the top business schools, the school boasts.

According to the CBS communications office, this new interdisciplinary approach is expected to fast become the norm at the school. CDAs will augment CBS core courses, which focus on specific disciplines such as finance, marketing, accounting and organizational management.

Clear Admit will keep readers informed about new CDAs at CBS as they are developed throughout the 2010-11 academic year, so stay tuned.

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