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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.

In new book, Abbott explores trans representation

Mainstream depictions of gender-diverse characters reveal American culture’s transphobia, Assistant Professor Traci Abbott explains in her new book, “The History of Trans Representation in American Television and Film Genres.” The need for more authentic and affirming portrayals of transgender individuals is vital, she says: “How trans characters and the storylines that define them are written matters in the greater context of how trans people are seen and treated in our society.”


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Prater explores Chinese-Jamaican cultural heritage

The journal Wasafiri (Kiswahili for “traveler”) showcases diasporic and migrant writing from around the world. In an essay featured in a recent issue, Associate Professor Tzarina Prater explores themes of race, culture and identity in Patricia Powell’s novel “The Pagoda” — the protagonist of which is a Chinese woman brought to Jamaica as an indentured laborer in the 19th century.

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LeDoux honored for service-learning support

Assistant Professor Liz LeDoux, director of Bentley’s Media and Culture program, was named a Service-Learning Faculty Member of the Year by the Bentley Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Center (BSLCE). She was recognized for her efforts to incorporate service-learning projects in the classroom, including her Animation Production and Motion Design (MC323) course, in which students created a video to support the nonprofit Inspired Masses and its annual “Boston in 100 Words” flash fiction-writing contest.

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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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Tzarina Prater
Department Chair
Associate Professor of English
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Kathleen Sheehan
Senior Academic Coordinator
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