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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 six different speech courses offered: Speech 1, Speech 2, Speech 4, Speech 5, Speech 7, and Speech 15.

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.


A. Jazan
ajazan@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-568-3237

E. Reed
ereed@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-776-7321

Dept. No. Title Units
Required Courses: 3 Units
SP 4 Public Speaking 3
List A - Select 2 courses from the following: 6 Units 
SP 1 Intro to Interpersonal Communication 3
SP 5 Small Group Communication  3
SP 7 Argumentation and Debate  3
List B - Select 2 courses from the following: 6 Units 
Any course from List A not already used  3
MC 1 Mass Media in American Culture 3
SP 15 Intercultural Communication 3
List C - Select one course from the following: 3 Units
Any course from List A or List B not already used 3
ANTH 2 Cultural Anthropology 3
ENG 1B Literature & Composition 3
J 3A News Reporting & Writing 3
PSY 1 General Psychology 3
SOC 1 Introductory Sociology 3
  Required Subtotal 18
  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 59 of the 2015-16 COD Catalog.