Texas Tech University

Required Research Methods

The Technical Communication and Rhetoric Program has the most rigorous course requirement in research methods of any university in this discipline. We believe in having the tools and the experience needed to understand a problem, formulate a research question, and study the issue thoroughly, thus creating new knowledge in our field.

All doctoral students take 5363: Introduction to Research Methods in Technical Communication and Rhetoric, and are also required to take 3 more methods courses, either from our own program's considerable inventory of courses or from outside our department.


5363: Research Methods in Technical Communication and Rhetoric. Survey of research methods in technical communication, rhetoric, and composition studies with emphasis on current research trends.

5362: Rhetorical Analysis of Text. Classical and modern theories of rhetorical analysis.

5379: Empirical Research Methods. Empirical research methods in technical communication and rhetoric

5388: Usability Testing and Research. Methods of planning, conducting, and analyzing usability tests.

5389: Field Methods of Research. Survey of methods such as ethnography, observation, and participatory design with application to research in rhetoric and technical communication.

Note: Some courses are onsite only.