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About the Communication Studies Department

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.​

The following Communication Studies classes are avail​able:

COMM-001 Public Speaking

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.


COMM-009 Interpersonal Communication

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.


COMM-013 Small Group Communication

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.


COMM-017 Intercultural Communication

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.


COMM-025 Argumentation & Debate

This course focuses on methods of critical inquiry and advocacy. This course 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.