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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.

Leung wins first annual Pierce Butler Prize

Nine students participated in the department's first-ever Creative Writing Student Reading Series, which showcased original student work. All nine were also nominated by faculty for consideration for the Pierce Butler Prize in Creative Writing. Named for retired professor Pierce Butler, the inaugural award was presented to Deanna Leung ’19. 


Read Deanna's story

Faculty, students collaborate on literary journal

The department was well-represented in the newest edition of Midway Journal, an online literary magazine founded in Minneapolis in 2007. Lecturer Ralph Pennel served as Fiction Editor, while senior Kimia Pourshadi, an Honors student and English major, reviewed, edited and posted content in her role as intern. The issue also features poetry from Riley Hynes ’19, a current MBA student. 

Explore the issue
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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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