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English and Media Studies

To succeed in business — or any industry — you need to be able to communicate effectively. At Bentley, you’ll learn how to do just that, developing the skills you need to tell your story in a clear and compelling way. You’ll also explore literary genres and critical theory, learning how to interpret literature, film and other media within historical, political and cultural contexts. And you’ll examine how categories of “otherness” (such as race, class and gender) reflect and shape language and meaning in an increasingly globalized and diverse world. Our program encourages both creative and critical thinking, preparing you for success in any career requiring excellence in oral and written communication, such as publishing, journalism, marketing, public policy, public relations, law, education and more.

McCracken and Kauvaka win Pierce Butler Creative Writing Prize

Seven students participated in the department's Pierce Butler Prize in Creative Writing reading on April 14th. The stories were nominated by faculty in the courses LIT 311 (Creative Writing: Fiction ) and LIT 312 (Creative Writing: Drama/Screenwriting). Named for retired professor Pierce Butler, the award was jointly presented to: Nathan McCracken (“The Raft”) and Steven Kauvaka (“Walden”).


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Paul-Emile Receives Award for Lifetime Teaching Excellence

Professor Barbara Paul-Emile received the 2020 Adamian Award for Lifetime Teaching Excellence. Paul-Emile, who has been teaching at Bentley for more than 40 years and holds the distinction of being the university’s first Black tenured faculty member, was praised for her “dedication to the whole student” and her “trailblazing” efforts in the fields of Caribbean literature, English Romanticism and Myth. In the words of one former student: “She was not just my professor; she was also my mentor. She encouraged the best in me to flourish.” 

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BUFFY awards highlight student achievement

Each year, the Bentley University Film Festival (BUFFYs) celebrates the best films, photography, design and writing from the talented students in the university’s English, Creative Industries and Media & Culture programs.


Writing Center

Writing Center

Need help with writing assignments? The Writing Center is here to help.

Few students find it easy to do all the writing required of them in college. Forms of writing assigned in college often differ from those assigned in high school, and college professors' standards are often higher than those of high school teachers. Bentley provides you with a special writing resource: the Writing Center.

The Writing Center is open days and evenings for one-to-one assistance with writing skills. It is staffed by a writing instructor and by peer tutors chosen both for the quality of their own writing and for their friendliness.

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Ben Aslinger
Department Chair
Associate Professor of English
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Kathleen Sheehan
Senior Academic Coordinator
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