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PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric

Purpose of Degree Program

The PhD qualifies people to conduct independent research by various methods and thus to contribute to knowledge. The PhD is usually a qualification for a professorial position in a university.  The aims of study are broad knowledge of the literature on technical communication and rhetoric, specialized knowledge of some aspect of technical communication or rhetoric as reflected in the dissertation research, and ability to conduct ongoing independent research using one or more methods.

The PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (TCR) is designed for students with an interest in rhetoric, writing, technical communication, and composition. The degree in TCR requires 45 hours of graduate work in rhetoric and technical communication beyond the bachelor's degree. An additional 15 hours may be used for a minor in a related field. Credits earned on a master's degree count toward these totals. This degree prepares students for positions in a wide range of college and university writing programs. This degree program requires courses in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The program emphasizes five broad areas of scholarship in its scholarship, coursework, and initiatives:

    1. Rhetoric, Composition, and Technology,
    2. Technical Communication,
    3. Rhetorics of Science and Healthcare,
    4. Technology, Culture, and Rhetoric
    5. Visual Rhetoric, New Media, and User-Centered Design

Use these guidelines to determine requirements and to monitor your progress through the program. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies in TCR or your advisory committee when you have questions. Students seeking the PhD at Texas Tech University must also follow the guidelines in the Catalog of the Graduate School.

 

Requirements

Please see the course requirements page.

 

Outcomes

Upon completing the PhD-TCR curriculum successfully, students should be able to do the following:

[Please visit our program's list of completed degrees, dissertation topics, committees and abstracts]

 

Assessment

Students' success in meeting the outcomes stated above will be measured through:

 

Online Program

Texas Tech is proud to offer its PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric via distance education. The degree is identical to the one we have offered on-site since 1992; all degree, coursework, and exam procedures are identical to the on-site degree.

Further information is available from the Director of Technical Communication, Miles Kimball or the Director of Graduate Studies in TCR, Dr. Joyce Locke Carter.

 

Frequently Asked Questions about the Online PhD

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