Why Choose English at PPCC?

When studying English at PPCC, you not only learn how to communicate well in writing, but also learn the art of effective argument, critical thinking and reasoning. Our English students also become adept at various types of visual communication from text messaging to blogging to website design.

What will I study?

As a PPCC English student, you will learn about the power of the English language through three emphasis areas: creative writing, literature and journalism. Within these areas you will:

  • Hone writing and critical thinking skills
  • Construct persuasive arguments
  • Conduct various types of research
  • Explore the language of imagination through creative genres
  • Develop your unique style of writing
  • Read and interpret various types of literature
  • Study mass media and reporting
  • Interview, research and write feature pieces
  • Learn literary techniques that can be incorporated into writing

You will learn how to use English as a powerful tool for any situation in life.

Example Classes I Might Take

Come explore the language of imagination through three creative genres (fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). ENG 221 places an emphasis on developing the student’s own unique style, with exercises and workshops on fundamental elements of the writing craft such as character, description, and revision.
Learn to incorporate literary techniques into factual writing. ENG 230 surveys a wide range of readings and analysis including critical review, biographical profiles, travel writing, and memoir. This class is your opportunity to write and review your own nonfiction in a supportive, constructive setting.
This class provides an opportunity for continued development in three creative genres (poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction).
Poetry is, fundamentally, communication. Its forms have evolved over centuries from oral tradition to formal verse to narrative and performance lit. In this course we will address poetry’s function and how it can be read, interpreted, created, and above all enjoyed. Students will learn to experiment with different forms as we study a sampling of poetic genres and combine traditional classes with an engaging workshop format.

Career Options

Those who choose to major in English will discover they are prepared for diverse employment opportunities, whether continuing their education in various graduate schools or entering the professional world. Some career options include: 

  • Technical Writing
  • Marketing and Promotion
  • Creative Writing
  • Editing and Public Relations
  • Mass Communications

Careers in English



PPCC has a student run journal called Parley.
Each year students publish printed and online stories and essays through this publication.

Contact Sarah McMahon via phone at 719-502-3037, email her for more information about Parley, or submit your works below:

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