Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

student writing

The goal of the Composition Program is to provide students with the opportunity to practice those writing skills which will enable them to write successfully in all their college courses. By the end of the program, students should be skillful at reading analytically and critically; their writing should demonstrate an understanding of organization, audience, voice, and the conventions of college-level written English.

In any of the courses in the Composition Program, students will be expected to write several papers; they may be asked to keep a reading journal and practice peer editing in small groups or engage in some form of collaborative learning in which essays will be read by other students in the class. Some in-class writing is required in all writing courses.

Transferable Credits

Although PCC does not offer a degree in English composition, writing courses are lower division collegiate courses that transfer to a four-year college or university. English composition courses may transfer as:

  • elective credits
  • program requirement credits
  • and/or graduation requirements for the receiving institution

Students are always encouraged to check with the receiving institution, your PCC academic advisor and the University Transfer website for the most accurate and timely transfer requirement information.

Disability Services

If you have a disability which requires accommodation in the classroom, please make this request through the Disability Services. Then, make arrangements to meet with your instructor outside of class to discuss your specific request. The Composition Department will make every attempt to meet any request which does not require substantively changing the requirements of the course. (For example, while you cannot ask to do less work or work of lower quality, you can ask to do your work in a different way.)

What's Next?

  1. Apply for admission to PCC.
  2. Take the College Placement Writing Test.
  3. If you aren't quite ready for credit writing courses, Developmental Education Writing can help you prepare. Many students already enrolled in credit courses take developmental classes as needed to meet the requirements of their degree program.
  4. Meet with an academic advisor.