Texas Tech University

Research Methods Required

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.


Of the 27 graduate courses available in the TCR program, the following fulfill the research methods requirement:

5363 Research Methods in Technical Communication and Rhetoric.

5362 Rhetorical Analysis of Text.

5379 Empirical Research Methods.

5388 Usability Testing and Research.

5389 Field Methods of Research.