Texas Tech University

Rhetoric, Composition, and Technology

The art, history, and theory of persuasion, argumentation, and expression and how such activities are applied and taught.


Of the 27 graduate courses available in the TCR program, the following focus especially on rhetoric, composition, and technology:

5060 History and Theory of Composition. Seminar in history and contemporary theories of composition and rhetoric studies. Required for all new teaching assistants and graduate part-time instructors.

5361 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory. Classical and modern theories of rhetorical invention.

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

5364 History of Rhetoric. Survey of history and theories of rhetoric with an emphasis on applications to written communication.

5368 Studies in Written Argumentation. History and theories of written argumentation.

5369 Discourse and Technology. Study of the effects of computer networks and digitally mediated knowledge management on theoretical, practical, and pedagogical notions of discourse and discourse communities.

Note: All courses may be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

Selected Dissertation and Publication Titles

  • Rhetorical Organization in Contemporary Chinese and English Argumentation: A Contrastive and Comparative Study
  • Understanding Users Undergoing Change: An Examination of an Innovative Hybrid First-Year Composition Course
  • "New Process, New Product:  Redistributing Labor in a First-Year Writing Program."
  • "Argument in Hypertext: Writing Strategies and the Problem of Order in a Non-Sequential World"
  • "Writing Dialogically: Bold Lessons from Electronic Text."
  • "The Necessity of Teaching Intercultural Communication Competence in Literacy Classes"