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The Department of English of Texas Tech University is committed to innovative teaching, intrepid research, and agile learning. We are pioneers on the frontiers of the humanities, working at the intersections of literature, linguistics, creative writing, composition and rhetoric, and technical communication.

We are 50 faculty, 150 graduate students, 300 majors, and 300 minors sharing the opportunities and challenges involved in the interpretation and production of texts and the promotion of literacy. Our students enrich their academic experience majoring in English or Technical Communication, or adding our degree as a second major or minor. Our students enrich their lives, add value to their degrees, and work to position themselves better in competitive job markets.

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English Degree Programs

Develop strong critical analysis and problem solving skills while exploring English and worldwide literature.

Technical Communication and Rhetoric Degree Programs

Prepare for a career in technical writing, academia, web development and more in one of the nation's most well respected TCR programs.

Distance/Online Learning

Texas Tech houses one of the first and foremost online learning programs in English and Technical Communication and Rhetoric.


  • Professor of Creative Writing Jill Patterson is one of 11 faculty members from across the campus selected as an Integrated Scholar for 2014-2015. The Provost’s announcement notes that “an Integrated Scholar consistently promotes active learning and infuses the results of their research and scholarship in courses and other learning experiences.”
  • TTU PhD in Medieval Irish literature and feminist and gender studies Dr. Diana Dominguez, Associate Professor of English at UT/Brownsville, received the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for 2014. See via YouTube
  • TTU Ph.D. in American Literature and Comparative Literature Quan Ha has been promoted to associate professor at the University of Montana at Missoula.
  • William Wenthe's fourth book of poetry, God’s Foolishness, has been accepted for publication by LSU Press.
  • Bruce Clarke’s new book, Neocybernetics and Narrative, has been published in October, 2014, by the University of Minnesota Press.
  • LSJE blog goes live! Our program in Literature, Social Justice, and the Environment has launched the blog “Open Ground.”
    Check it out at opengroundlsje.com.
  • Jill Patterson has received a $120,000 Soros Justice Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations in New York for her project developing narrative law as a field of expertise in capital defense litigation.
  • Kanika Batra and Amy Koerber have both received Scholarship Catalyst Program FY2015 awards of $3000 from TTU. Batra’s project is “Sourcing Archives and Conducting Interviews at Women's Media Watch, Kingston, Jamaica”; Koerber’s is “The Hormonal Woman: A Critical Exploration of Expert and Public Rhetorics.”
Texas Tech University
Department of English
P.O. Box 43091
Lubbock, TX 79409-3091

Phone:   806.742.2501
Fax:        806.742.0989