Pennsylvania College of Technology's Communication and Literature Department offers a number of core courses in English, reading, and speech - including English Composition I and II, Technical and Professional Communication, Fundamentals of Speech, and Interpersonal Communication. In addition, the department offers literature and other advanced composition and communication electives.

About the curriculum

Composition Courses

These courses help students develop sound principles of writing, including the ability to:

  • define a significant topic or issue to write about;
  • compose, develop, and support thesis statements and topic sentences;
  • research topics;
  • plan, organize, and draft essays;
  • revise and proofread their writing.

Bachelor's degree students are required to take English Composition I and either English Composition II or Technical and Professional Communication. Associate's degree candidates are required to take English Composition I and some programs require English Composition II or Technical and Professional Communication. Advanced courses in Composition include technical writing, rhetoric, and proposal and grant writing.

For students enrolled in ENL001:

ENL 111 Challenge Exam

View the Composition Courses in the College Catalog.

Literature Courses

Literature courses include World Literature, Early American Literature, and American Literature Since 1865 as well as a number of courses on specialized topics and genres.

View the Literature Courses in the College Catalog.

Speech Communication Courses

Two departmental course offerings, Fundamentals of Speech (SPC101) and Interpersonal Communication (SPC201), satisfy the speech communication requirement. The former focuses on public speaking and rhetorical skills while the latter deals with person-to-person communication. In addition, the department offers several advanced communication courses.

View the Speech Communication Courses in the College Catalog.

Reading Courses

Reading courses are offered for students with limited reading success and students who wish to develop reading and study skills.

View the Reading Courses in the College Catalog.

Placement Test Information

English Placement Test

Information about the English Placement Test can be found on the Academic Services website.


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Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of the Communication and Literature Department is to provide cross-disciplinary focused communication study that increases knowledge, develops skills, and promotes sensitivity toward others.


The goals of the department are to foster the ability of students to:

  • comprehend, analyze, and synthesize written material;
  • express concepts in writing;
  • apply a variety of revision and proofreading techniques;
  • express concepts orally;
  • comprehend nonverbal communication;
  • communicate in a team atmosphere;
  • apply active listening skills;
  • utilize resource materials to support opinions;
  • demonstrate systematic planning skills;
  • apply time management skills.

Contact information

Pennsylvania College of Technology
DIF 119

One College Avenue
Williamsport, PA 17701