Bentley’s History Department offers an integrated curriculum designed to expose students to the global past, and to prepare them for the world they will inherit. As a social science department, we seek to facilitate student discovery of our nation and the world so that students are able to think critically, read thoughtfully and write eloquently through objective analysis of social, economic, and cultural material. Courses assist students in building awareness of the ways in which historical events and the development of ideas that have had a lasting impact on contemporary society.

During their freshmen year, students focus on the foundations of global culture, commerce, and politics while studying modern world history. In their sophomore year, students examine United States history, addressing indigenous societies in North America and the colonial origins of the American state through the end of the twentieth century. As juniors and seniors, students choose three trimester-long seminars drawn from a variety of fields in history and the social sciences, allowing students to focus on areas, periods, and special topics tailored to meet their interests.

History Department

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Janelle Werner

    Dr. Janelle Werner 

    History Department Chair and Teacher
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  • Photo of Anna Blythe

    Anna Blythe 

    US History Teacher
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  • Photo of Nicholas Calabrese

    Nicholas Calabrese 

    Dean of Students for Student Life, 11th Grade Dean, History and Economics Teacher
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  • Photo of Jason Chang

    Dr. Jason Chang 

    History Teacher
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  • Photo of Benjamin D'Harlingue

    Dr. Benjamin D'Harlingue 

    History Teacher
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  • Photo of Glenn Dickens

    Glenn Dickens 

    History Teacher, Culinary Arts
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  • Photo of Morgan Guzmán

    Dr. Morgan Guzmán 

    US History Teacher
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