Portland Community College Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon


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Literature courses at PCC enhance the enjoyment of literature and encourage the exploration of other voices, cultures, and time periods by introducing students to a broad spectrum of works, writers, conventions, and canons. By reading, interpreting, and situating a variety of literature, students of all disciplines are able to read multi-layered texts more critically, think and analyze more creatively, synthesize information more effectively and write prose more specifically and masterfully.

Note: Literature courses are listed in the class schedule under the ENG prefix.

Program Overview

Portland Community College offers a wide range of literature courses. The genre-based Introduction to Literature sequence teaches how to read, discuss, and write about fiction (ENG 104), drama (ENG 105), and poetry (ENG 106).

Survey course sequences provide a broad overview of the literature of a region of the world (such as Asian Literature), or of a country (such as Survey of American Literature), or of a people (such as African American Literature), or of a particular author (Shakespeare).

The Literature program's 200-level specialty courses focus on the literature of a particular ethnic group (such as Native American Literature, Latin American Literature, Asian American Literature), or a particular kind of writing (Biography and Autobiography, Folklore and Mythology), or particular issues and topics (Images of Women in Literature, International Political Poetry, Bible as Literature).

What's Next?

  1. Complete the steps for new students
    • The admissions form will ask you what you plan to study. Since we don't offer a degree or certificate in this subject, you should choose Associate of Arts - Oregon Transfer (AAOT) for now.
  2. Plan how you'll pay for college
  3. Plan your transfer