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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 eight different speech courses offered: COMM-001, COMM-005, COMM-009, COMM-013, COMM-017, COMM-021, COMM-025 and COMM-030.

The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer, also called the Communication Studies AA-T Degree,  is specially designed for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at a CSU campus. The intent of this degree is to assist students for a seamless transfer to a CSU campus in a program or major in Communication Studies.  This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and a minimum of 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.


Carl Christman
cchristman@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-862-1370
Maria Elena Diaz
madiaz@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-423-6643
Alex Jazan
ajazan@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-568-3237
Ed Reed
ereed@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7321
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses: 3 Units
COMM 001 Introduction To Public Speaking 3
List A - Select 2 courses from the following: 6 Units 
COMM 009 Introduction To Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 013 Small Group Communication  3
COMM 025 Argumentation and Debate  3
List B - Select 2 courses from the following: 6 Units 
Any course from List A not already used  3
COMM 017 Intercultural Communication 3
​COMM ​021 ​Introduction To Persuasion​ ​3
​COMM ​030 ​Forensics (3 units maximum)  ​2
MC 001 ​Introduction To Mass Media 3
List C - Select one course from the following: 3-4 Units
Any course from List A or List B not already used 3
COMM 005 Survey Of Human Communication  3
ENG 002 Argumentative Writing & Critical Thinking through Literature 4
J 003A News Reporting & Writing 3
PSY 001 General Psychology 3
SOC 001 Introductory Sociology 3
  Required Subtotal 18-19
  CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern1 37-39
  Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable units )
1Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.
2 Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.
* Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 42 of the 2017-18 COD Catalog.