Texas Tech University


Why Focus Your Studies in Writing, Design, and Technical Communication?

If you have ever considered a professional career as a writer, editor, or information designer, then you have arrived at the right degree program. Any company, government organization, or non-profit organization needs writers who can advance their internal and external communication goals through clear information design and effective editing. A 2017 Report of 959 employers, including international Fortune 500 companies, overwhelmingly ranked soft skills like effective written communication and information design as the most important abilities they sought in new employees. Unsurprisingly, students with skills in these areas have seen a steady 1.7% annual increase in employment growth for a lucrative career field that featured a mean salary of over $78,000 in 2020. Our program has particular strengths in interaction design and UX. In 2021, user experience designers averaged salaries of $94,018 per year.

Our program (BA in Writing, Design, and Technical Communication) caters to a broad array of careers in professional writing, information design, and technical communication, such as:

  • content strategist
  • user experience (UX) designer 
  • usability specialist or researcher 
  • information designer
  • web and interaction designer
  • social media content creator
  • project manager
  • instruction writer
  • editor or copywriter
  • proposal and grant writer
  • legal and corporate writing consultant
  • medical writer
  • digital product designer 
  • organizational communication consultant

Learn more about our writing, design and technical communication specialities below by seeing what our past and current students have done in our courses.

Learn Outside the Classroom with an Internship

In addition to the courses, our degree strongly emphasizes internships in rhetoric, technical communication, and workplace or professional writing. We work with each interested student to locate a suitable workplace to develop workplace experience to aid in post-graduation careers. For more information about our internship program as well as where recent students have interned, please visit our internship website.

Complete Your Degree Online

All online students in our program will be enrolled in the same courses as our onsite students, with the same professors, and will earn the same quality of degree. Learn more about our Online BA in Writing, Design, and Technical Communication.

The Minor and Writing Certificate

A minor in Technical Communication can help you learn the writing and design skills you need to succeed, no matter where your professional life takes you. Minoring in TC will also complement every major that works with technology or specialized forms of information. For more specific information, see Minor Requirements, or contact Diane Johnson (english.undergradadvisor@ttu.edu). 

We also offer a convenient 5 course writing certificate that allows writers and designers to improve their technical and creative writing abilities. You can learn more about the writing certificate here.