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  • English/Communication
  • Fast Facts

    Program Start Term: Every Semester

    Award: AA

    Average Class Size: 17

    Course Availability: Day, Evening, Online, Hybrid

    Program Locations: Pueblo, Fremont, Durango, Mancos

  • Career Information
    Possible career paths for students interested in the field of English/Communications include journalism, television, film, radio, online, and newspaper industries, news director, content analyst, media analyst, copywriter, teacher, public relations, technical writer, grant writer and many more.

    Available Courses Topics

    Communication is the process through which we create, transmit, and receive messages. Without communication, humanity could not survive. It is the way we share joy and sorrow. It is the way we experience love and friendship. The communication process is essential to the way we learn to be human beings in our given culture: It is the way we challenge, learn, and finally accept our boundaries.

    Creative Writing
    Academic work in creative writing prepares you to write for literary or journalistic publications. It can lead to work in publishing, editing, freelance writing, advertising, communications, law, education, and other fields in which the ability to be a strong and effective writer is valued.

    English Composition
    Communication skills are essential in succeeding in most careers. PCC’s compositions courses help develop your writing skills as well as your critical thinking and research skills. The English and Communication Department offers writing courses that help you write essays to inform, explain, or persuade a variety of audiences.  You learn the types of writing that might be expected in other college courses: explanation, evaluation, argument, and problem-solution.  Elements of research and documentation are included in the first level and expanded in subsequent courses.

    Literature helps make the chaos in our individual lives into something meaningful. By inviting you to explore and play with images, symbols, and hidden structures inside fiction, poetry, and drama, literature courses lead to adventures in imagination and self-exploration. Our courses provide fascinating historical and cultural context for the works you’ll read, so you’ll become a richer contributor to our shared culture.

    Technical Writing
    Technical writing is the type of writing employed by business, industry, and government; it can either cover technical or specialized writing, or it can consist of communication through technology. Much of the time, its purpose is to inform or instruct. For example, technical writing can be a manual for a Blu-Ray player, or it can be the instructions received in a tutorial after downloading the latest version of Angry Birds.  Thus, technical writing is informative, instructional, and even entertaining. Business letters, proposals, reports, user’s manuals, general instructions, memos, e-mails, résumés and cover letters, and web pages are the types of technical writing documents. Such documents not only require clarity, accuracy, and conciseness but also utilize the most cutting-edge techniques in communication, including design elements, use of layout and graphics, and integration of multimedia.

    Our Experienced Faculty
    The full-time faculty of the English and Communication Department has over 153 years of teaching experience, as well as experience in playwriting, editing, film-making, comic-book writing, classroom technology, and reading education.