Pre-College Business & Communications Program

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Pitch Your Winning Business Concept With Confidence

Students will begin by learning solid business concepts along with acquired techniques to overcome their fear of presenting to an audience. With this newfound confidence, they will present their business concept, product or service in a Shark Tank simulated environment.

Building on these newly acquired skills, the students will attend a Broadway play and not only observe how speech is developed but also how to apply these business aspects and theories to the industry.

This program track is comprised of the following two courses:

  • MDS 103: Business and Society
  • SPC 101: Communications in Society

Upon successful completion students will receive 2 units equivalent to 6 transfer credits at other similar institutions.

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Course Information

  • MDS 103: Business and Society 
  • SPC 101: Communications in Society 
Business & Society is a business survey course that bears upon contemporary issues in our diverse society. The class discusses the theories and applications of (but not limited to) the following topics: business in a global environment; starting and growing a business at home and abroad; management-empowering people to achieve business objectives; marketing management; managing technology and information; economic and political structures; and managing financial resources. Select topics may be added based upon student interest.  Students will be required to do advanced reading and fully participate in all discussions, short assignments and take exams. The course will culminate in a “Shark-Tank” competition where students are expected to either (1) re-engineer an existing product or service; or, (2) create a brand new product or service that meets the demand of this globalized 21st Century. In presenting the idea, students are expected to do research and incorporate the theories expressed in the textbook. One Unit.  Instructor: Dr. Mary LoRe  Required Text: David Kurtz & Susan Berston, Contemporary Business, 17th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISBN: 978-1-119-25740-0 
A hands-on, practical approach to the study of effective communication. Through a series of speaking assignments, students will learn to organize their thoughts and overcome performance anxiety on their way to becoming effective speakers. Different types of speeches will be covered including informative, demonstrative and persuasive. Written work will include outlines for all speeches as well as written critiques of performances. One Unit.  Instructor: Michael Tennenbaum 


July 7  – July 26, 2019

Residential – $4,599
Commuter – $3,599

Tuition Includes:

  • Housing in supervised residence halls
  • Meals
  • Entrance and transportation fees for required venues
  • Towels and bedding
  • Credit Transcript

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  1. Fill out our online application
  2. Or download the PDF
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Application Requirements

  • Must be either a sophomore, junior or senior in Fall of 2018 and provide an official high school transcript
  • 1 Page Essay (Why you want to attend the Wagner College Summer Pre-College Program and what you hope to gain from this experience)
  • Letter of Recommendation from Guidance Counselor attesting to current GPA
  • $50 Application Fee Upon acceptance application fee will go towards tuition

Life at Wagner

  • Residence Halls 
  • Dining 
  • Trips 
  • Schedule 
During your time here, you will be living in one of our four dorms equipped with Wi-Fi and amazing views of the surrounding area. Student lounges are located on all residence floors for social gatherings or for just spending time reading or socializing with new friends. Rooms for boys and girls are on separate floors, or in separate parts of the residence.  Learn more about our Residence Halls       
Our Pre-College students eat in Wagner’s cafeteria-style dining hall, which serves a range of healthy options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The dining hall provides vegetarian and vegan options at every meal, and special dietary needs (such as kosher or gluten-free meals) will be accommodated.  Students also have the option to purchase snacks, soda/coffee, and sandwiches in the Hawk’s Nest. 
During your stay, you will have opportunities to take trips to points of cultural, historical, or recreational interest in the New York City Area.  Potential Academic Trips:  
  • Museum of American Finance
  • Federal Reserve Bank of NY: Museum & Gold Vault Tour
  • Broadway/Off-Broadway
Examples of recreational excursions from past years include: 
  • Times Square
  • Broadway shows including: Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde
  • Central Park
  • South Street Seaport
  • 9/11 Museum
  • Empire State Building
  • Statue of Liberty
  • Chelsea Market
  • Staten Island Yankees Stadium
  • Brooklyn Bridge
Transportation, lunch, and entrance fees are included for all required excursions as they relate to each course. Recreational trips are not included. 
On the first day, you will arrive and have a chance to get situated in your dorm room. Parents and students will be invited to a welcome reception where you will have an opportunity to meet your professors, other instructors, staff, and fellow students.  Your program will begin the following day with breakfast in the Wagner Dining Hall and then on to your chosen classes. Typically, the academic classes will meet mornings and afternoons, with field trips to Manhattan and other venues scheduled once or twice a week and during the weekends.  When on campus, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in the dining hall. When not in class, or traveling to NYC sights, you will participate in informal workshops about college admissions, college life, time management, study skills, and more. And, of course, time will be devoted to your coursework. Group study halls will be scheduled during the evening and weekends.  Sample Schedule:  8:00am-9:00am| Breakfast
9:00am –12pm| Instructor-led classroom session
12:00pm-1:30pm| Lunch/Free Time
1:30pm-4:30pm| Instructor-led classroom session
5:30pm| Dinner
7:30pm| Evening Activity/Study Time