Communication Studies

The Communication Studies program exists to improve the communication skills of students at College of the Desert. Each course gives COD students the experience needed in applying communication theory in a variety of contexts. In each course, students learn how to think in a clear and logical manner, analyze information critically, and deliver those arguments both orally and in written form. There are six different communication studies (formerly speech) courses offered: COMM 001 (Speech 004), COMM 005, COMM 009 (Speech 001), COMM 013 (Speech 005), COMM 017 (Speech 015), and COMM 025 (Speech 007). 

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer, also called the Communication Studies AA-T Degree, requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements.  Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.


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

COMM 001  Introduction To Public Speaking Units: 3

[formerly Speech 004] 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

[formerly Speech 006] This introductory communication course focuses on the basic foundations of interpersonal communication, small group communication, and public speaking. 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                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C4b                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

COMM 009  Introduction To Interpersonal Communication Units: 3

[formerly Speech 001] 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, non-verbal communication 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: None

COMM 013  Small Group Communication Units: 3

[formerly Speech 005] 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. (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: None

COMM 017  Intercultural Communication Units: 3

[formerly Speech 015] 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 025  Argumentation and Debate Units: 3

[formerly Speech 007] 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

Speech

See Communication Studies courses listed above.