Texas Tech University

History of Technical Communication at Texas Tech


Texas Tech has offered courses in technical writing since 1927, the year after the university was founded. The first courses were undergraduate writing courses for engineering and agriculture students.


The Department of English developed a specialization in technical writing for English majors who plan careers in the field. In the 1980s the specialization was developed to include additional advanced courses and requirements in oral and visual communication. The department continues to develop the undergraduate program with new courses that reflect the expanding definition of technical communication in the workplace.


The Texas Tech student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication was founded.


The program began offering graduate courses and two advanced degrees: the MA in Technical Communication (MATC) and the PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric (PhD-TCR).


The program graduated its first student in the onsite MATC program.


The program taught its first online graduate course and graduated its first onsite doctoral students.


The program was approved to offer the MATC online.


The program graduated its first online MATC student.


The department became the first in the world to offer its PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric via distance education.


The program graduated its first online doctoral students with the PhD-TCR degree.