Communication Studies

The Communication Studies program's mission is to improve our students' communication skills. Every course gives students the knowledge and experience they need to communicate effectively in a variety of contexts, whether at work, at school, or at home. Our students learn how to critically analyze arguments, eloquently deliver information in both written and oral forms, and better relate to those around them. There are eight different communication studies courses offered: COMM 001COMM 005COMM 009COMM 013COMM 017COMM 021COMM 025, and COMM 030.


Advisors:

Carl Christman
cchristman@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 862-1370

Maria Elena Diaz
madiaz@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 423-6643

Alex Jazán
ajazan@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 568-3237

Ed Reed
ereed@collegeofthedesert.edu    
(760) 776-7321

Associate Degrees for Transfer (AD-T)

COMM 001  Introduction to Public Speaking Units: 3

This course emphasizes theory and the practice of basic techniques for successful public communication. Students learn to develop an effective interpersonal style of public communication. Informative, expository, persuasive, extemporaneous, and impromptu forms of speaking are covered. (C-ID COMM 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C4b                 CSU GE:A1                 IGETC:1C

COMM 005  Survey of Human Communication Units: 3

This introductory communication course focuses on the basic foundations of public speaking, interpersonal communication, and small group communication. Students will be introduced to the breadth of the communication discipline. Additionally, students will examine and practice human communication principles and theories to develop critical thinking and communication competencies in a variety of contexts. (C-ID COMM 115)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C4b                 CSU GE:A1                 IGETC:1C

COMM 009  Intro to Interpersonal Communication Units: 3

The course enables students to understand and demonstrate interpersonal communication skills. Students focus on knowledge of communication theories, self-concept, methods of resolving conflict, issues of human perception, nonverbal communication, rhetorical principles, and improvement of listening skills. Significant speaking assignments are an integral part of the course. (C-ID COMM 130)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C4b                 CSU GE:A1                 IGETC:1C

COMM 013  Small Group Communication Units: 3

This course covers principles of communication in a variety of group contexts. Topics include theory, application, and evaluation of group processes, including problem solving, conflict management, and leadership. Significant speaking assignments are an integral part of the course. (C-ID COMM 140)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C4b                 CSU GE:A1                 IGETC:1C

COMM 017  Intercultural Communication Units: 3

This course focuses on the communication behaviors and values common to all cultures and on the differences that insulate and divide people of one culture from others. The study leads to a better understanding of domestic traditions, an increased appreciation of the behaviors of others, and an awareness of more effective methods of communication. Significant writing, research, and speaking assignments are an integral part of the course. (C-ID COMM 150)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C4b                 CSU GE:A1, D7                 IGETC:1C

COMM 021  Introduction to Persuasion Units: 3

This course examines historical and contemporary approaches to persuasive messages throughout time. The primary goal of this course is to provide students with a solid grounding in theories, principles, and strategies of social influence as they relate to everyday life. It will also focus on the oral presentation of persuasive appeals, and learning to construct, deliver, and critique persuasive messages. Significant speaking assignments are an integral part of the course. (C-ID COMM 190)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C4b                 CSU GE:A1                 IGETC:1C

COMM 025  Argumentation and Debate Units: 3

This course focuses on methods of critical inquiry and advocacy. It covers identifying fallacies in reasoning and language, testing evidence and evidence sources, advancing a reasoned position, and defending and refuting arguments. Analysis, presentation, and evaluation of oral and written arguments required. (C-ID COMM 120)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:C4b                 CSU GE:A3                 IGETC:None

COMM 030  Forensics Units: 2

This course prepares students for intercollegiate speech and debate tournaments. Studies include argumentation, public address, and oral interpretation of literature. Involves research, writing, and one-on-one direction. Requires participation at interscholastic competitions. (C-ID COMM 160B)
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG 001A & COMM 001
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

Speech

See Communication Studies courses listed above.