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Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies

What is CEGS?

The Mission of the Center for Entrepreneurial & Global Studies (CEGS) is to prepare students to enter an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world.

CEGS courses serve as the History and Social Science department and offer college-level and honors courses in History, Economics and Geography, along with Advanced Placement courses and distinctive trimester electives. The department houses the the Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center, which serves as the showcase facility for economics, finance and entrepreneurship classes.

To prepare students for success at the university level and beyond, CEGS also offers guest speakers, conferences and international travel opportunities to allow students opportunities to personally engage with the people, institutions and challenges of the modern world.

CEGS is all about ...


At WMA, students learn to think and act like entrepreneurs. Through their coursework, they plan, implement and evaluate real programs including for profit and non-profit organizations.

Courses include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Entrepreneurship
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Finance

    Students enrolled in Finance courses at WMA will learn key financial concepts, investment tools and the foundations to building an investment portfolio, all while increasing their knowledge in financial literacy and global economics.

    Courses include:

  • AP Macroeconomics
  • Honors Microeconomics
  • Introduction to Market Economies
  • Portfolio Management
  • Stock Market Analysis
  • diplomacy

    In Fall 2017, WMA launched the first steps of its new diplomacy program. These included the all-school summer read “Getting to Yes” and negotiation situations during Thursday sit-down lunch as well as coursework woven throughout the curriculum and other school events like “Crossing Borders,” an all-day on-campus workshop event for students to enhance their global awareness.

    Courses include:

  • World Geography
  • Human Geography
  • AP Seminar
  • Diplomacy Seminar: Climate Change
  • Honors Government and Diplomacy
  • Public Speaking and Diplomacy
  • trading center

    The Mark R. Shenkman Trading Center offers students the opportunity to use a state-of-the-art facility to engage in an active research and trading experience in order to gain an authentic understanding of the global financial environment.

    The real-time applications of the Trading Center illustrate to students the interconnectedness of their actions, their impact on others and how decisions made by them and by institutions across the globe can have profound effects locally, domestically and internationally.

    WMA’s showcase facility houses 16 computer stations with monitor displays, two 65-inch LCD monitors, LED dynamic stock ticker, StockTrack market simulation software and Morningstar™ Financial Data, as well as video conferencing capabilities.


    The WMA Travel Program has offered students the experience of faculty-led trips to five different continents during the last decade. Trips are educational in structure and are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for hands-on, full immersion experiences in such places as:

    • Amazon
    • Cambodia
    • China
    • Cuba
    • Ecuador
    • India
    • Namibia
    • Peru
    • South Africa

    Community service, school exchange, business and design, language immersion, ecology/conservation and visual art have each served as a focus for past trips. To learn more about current travel offerings at the Academy, visit our Travel page.

    Leadership & extracurricular

    Global Scholars

    The Global Scholars Program is a merit-based scholarship program based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character and leadership ability. The Global Scholars Program provides a select group of extraordinary students opportunities for extracurricular intellectual enrichment, including monthly lectures, cultural opportunities and more.

    Upon graduation, all Global Scholars have studied a rigorous AP and Honors Curriculum, had the opportunity to travel abroad, engaged in important scholarly dialogue and completed a research AP Capstone project. Students must maintain a minimum 3.7 GPA and are awarded up to $3,500 per year toward WMA-sponsored international travel.

    conferences, speakers & workshops

    WMA creates opportunities for students to participate in lectures, workshops and conferences featuring alumni, authors, artists, politicians, conservationists and entrepreneurs, both on and off campus.

    Past speakers have been:

  • Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine
  • Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard
  • Loung Ung, Best-selling Author, Activist, Co-Screenplay Writer
  • Juliette Kayyem, International Security Lecturer, Harvard University and On-Air National Security Analyst
  • Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author
  • Pierre Prosper, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes
  • Senator Olympia Snowe
  • Hyun Chong Kim ’77, former Ambassador to the United Nations
  • Todd Buccholz, former Director of Economic Policy at the White House
  • Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Prize Winner
  • Steve Wozniak, Co-founder of Apple Inc.
  • Sonja Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice
  • David Gergen, CNN Political Analyst and former White House Advisor

  • Model U.N. and model congress

    Model U.N.

    WMA students participate in the Model U.N. conference and a simulated congressional session hosted by Harvard University every year, with multiple students winning awards, working on special committees or holding leadership positions.

    While Model U.N. is a perfect activity for students interested in Diplomacy and International Relations, students also fine-tune their writing and research skills and public speaking.

    Model Congress

    Model Congress, offered at WMA as an after school activity during the winter season, is a program dedicated to preparing students for a simulated Congressional session held annually at Harvard University during the month of February.

    Students assume the identity of an assigned representative or senator, and perform research on both personality and issues so as to be ready for the conference.

    Model Congress is a great experience for those interested in politics, whether as a novice or an experienced political aficionado. Students learn skills in debate, research, bill development and - critically - diplomacy. Model Congress is a must for any young person who wishes to better understand the machinations of the American legislative branch.

    FEB Society

    The WMA Finance, Entrepreneurship and Business (FEB) Society is a student-run organization which promotes financial literacy, business, economics and entrepreneurship among students, faculty and members of WMA and local community.

    Experienced Experts

    CEGS faculty have a broad range of experience. In addition to graduate degrees and scholarly work in their discipline, the department also brings a wealth of professional experience in other fields including economic development, higher education, energy and environmental management, business consulting, media creation, international development, and entrepreneurship.

    WMA is a founding member of the GEBG, an organization that promotes nationwide standards in global education. Our faculty is invited to teach other schools best practices in global education through sharing information, speaking engagements and contributing to publications.

    Gary Cook


    Michael Dziura


    Elizabeth Fontaine Squindo


    Gayle Hsiao


    James Irzyk


    Anthony Kandel


    Erik Kindblom


    Sommer Mahoney

    Class of 2011

    Daniel Moran


    Walter Swanson


    Charles Warden