The English Department at Bentley provides an integrated four-year curriculum that encourages and challenges students to become critical thinkers and to connect what they learn in the classroom to the world around them. Students are required to complete with a passing grade four years of English and to be enrolled in an English course each term during their tenure at Bentley. All classes expose students to multiple literary genres that represent and address both the breadth and depth of literature. Courses emphasize the writing process, which teaches students the value of rethinking and revising their writing through multiple drafts. These frequent writing assignments emphasize the development of analytical skills and personal voice. Classes are discussion-oriented and encourage the active participation of every student in a supportive, seminar-style environment.
The freshman course exposes students to five genres of writing--the short story, poetry, drama, the graphic novel, and the novel--and emphasizes close reading, writing and discussion skills. Sophomores continue to build skills in a thematic world literature course that focuses on individual identity as it is shaped by one's own culture and contact with the outside world. During the junior and senior year, students choose from a variety of writing and discussion-intensive seminars that cover different time periods, genres, themes, and locations. The English curriculum provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to be prepared for Advanced Placement Language and Composition and the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition examinations in English.