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Academic Planning By Year

First Year - Sophomore Year - Junior Year - Senior Year


The First Year: Beginning the Journey

To schedule your first semester classes, you will register during Summer Orientation with the help of the Office of Academic Services/Academic Advising Center, the Orientation staff, and the Registrar's Office.

For the second semester schedule, you will register online through MyBentley. The Registrar’s Office will send you an e-mail with your designated time block to register for classes. All students are encouraged to meet with their academic adviser to discuss course alternatives prior to registration. Your assigned academic advisor is a faculty member assigned to your First Year Seminar class.

As you plan your course schedule:

Aim to take 15-16 credits per semester. This number is based on the 122 credits required for graduation. If you should take fewer than 15-16 credits/semester, you must make up the credits in a future semester or during the summer in order to graduate in four years.

In the first year, you will begin your General Education Requirements and take three General Business courses (GB110, GB112, GB 212). By the end of your first year, you will complete the following required first year courses:

FS 111 First Year Seminar 
IT 101 Information Technology and Computer Systems 
Math I and Math II 
Expository Writing I 
GB 110, 112, and 212

You have the following General Education Core options to choose from in the first year:

Any Literature, Cinema or English and Media Studies course 
Global Studies (GLS 101/102/110/114/116) 
Any History course 
Behavioral Science (Any Psychology or Sociology) 
Philosophy 101 
Natural Science (4 cr)
Humanities/Social Science Elective 

Also keep in mind the following as you plan your schedule:

  • Choosing to double major in a Liberal Studies Major (LSM) is a great way to organize some of your classes around a particular theme and it is never too early to start!  Find out more information about the LSM here
  • If you are planning to major in Global Studies, you must take GLS 102, Comparative Government and Politics, to meet your global studies requirement. International students are also encouraged to take GLS 102.
  • Your Expository Writing placement has been determined by the English Department. For Expository Writing placement concerns, contact  Greg Farber. You may not change your placement without permission from the English Department.

The Sophomore Year: One down, three more to go!

To successfully continue on to your junior year and declare a major, you must:

Continue taking courses in the General Education Core

  • In the fall semester you must take EC 111 Microeconomics, which is a prerequisite for EC 112 Macroeconomics. In most cases, macroeconomics will be taken in the spring.

  • If you did not complete IT 101, EXP 1__ or MA I and II then you must complete those classes in the fall semester. 

  • If you are interested in a Liberal Studies Major (LSM), you must declare your major by fall registration that takes place during the spring semester.  For more information on the LSM, click here.

Continue taking courses in the Business Core

  • You must take GB 213, GB 214, and GB 215 in either the fall or spring semester.

Consider taking Arts and Science electives.

  • All Business Majors have one business related elective, five arts and sciences electives, and 0-2 unrestricted electives. All Liberal Arts Majors have open electives and are required to meet a modern language proficiency. Be sure to refer to Elective Guidelines when selecting classes.

  • You are responsible for knowing what requirements are met by which courses. If you are unsure, read the elective guidelines and talk with your academic adviser. 

  • If you are thinking about studying abroad in your junior year, consider signing up for GLS 110, 112, 114, or 116.  Completion of one of these courses is required for all students going abroad for a semester program.

Make sure you have registered for a minimum of 15 credits, particularly if you want to graduate in four years. 


When selecting a major, take the following steps:

Visit the Office of Career Services to learn more about majors, job opportunities and assess your own skills. 

Talk to upper class students about their experiences and the work involved with their academic major.

Talk to your adviser about course selection and career goals.

Attend any and all events sponsored by the Academic Advising Center (major selection workshops) and Office of Career Services. See Programs and Events.

To declare or change your major:

  • obtain a Student Change Form at the Registrar’s Office or in the Office of Academic Services
  • obtain the signature of the department chair of the intended major on the form
  • return the completed and signed Student Change Form to the Registrar’s Office (Rauch 111)
  • the Registrar’s Office will then create a Degree Audit Summary (DAS) for you in the new major

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The Junior Year: The Adventure Begins

Now that you have declared your academic major, plan to begin your major courses the first semester of your junior year.  To select the right courses, be sure to meet with an advisor in the Academic Advising Center or a faculty mentor.  Be sure to refer to your Major Requirements.

GB 310 and GB 320

If enrolled in a minor, plan to take at least 1 course in your minor each semester of your junior and senior year. This is particularly important if you are enrolled in the Information Technology, Finance, or Economics minors in order to meet prerequisite guidelines. Meet with your Minors Coordinator to make sure you are selecting the appropriate courses.

Depending on your academic major, all Business Majors have 1 business related elective (2 if you are in the classes of 2012), 5 arts and sciences electives, and 0-2 unrestricted electives.  All Liberal Arts Majors have open electives and are required to meet a modern language proficiency.  Be sure to refer to Elective Guidelines when selecting classes.  Also, keep in mind the following:

The Math elective must be a 200-level course or higher.

Bachelor of Arts students must demonstrate intermediate II competence in a modern language.

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To graduate from Bentley University, you must: 

Complete 121-122 credits (depending upon whether you began Bentley as a new first year student or as a transfer student);

 Complete all course requirements:

Bachelor of Science

General Education Core
Business Core
Minors, if applicable
Area focus: Communication Intensive, U.S. Diversity, International

Bachelor of Arts

General Education Core
Modern Language through Intermediate II competency
Minors, if applicable
Area focus: Communication Intensive, U.S. Diversity, International

Attain a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall, in your major, in your minor

To reach this goal, it is especially important that you:

Carefully review your DAS for accuracy. Although a preliminary degree audit is done during the summer, it is your responsibility to be sure that all of your courses are correctly listed on the DAS.

Meet with your faculty mentor in your major to plan out your course sequence and, if appropriate, major electives.

Meet with your Minors Coordinator to make sure you are selecting the appropriate courses.  See Advising Directory.

When you register, pay special attention to:

Elective guidelines—make sure you know what requirements are met by which courses;

Sequencing and cycling of courses: which courses require prerequisites do courses meet in the fall or spring only?  

This is also an important time to begin steps toward  “life after Bentley”:

Visit the Office of Career Services to learn more about on-campus recruiting activities (these begin in late summer/early fall);

Talk with the Internship Coordinator in your major department;

Talk with your faculty mentor about major course options that might be tied to your career goals;

Attend any and all events that involve careers, graduate school, networking during your senior year.  

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