Advising and Counseling

If a prospective major is not familiar with the department faculty, any faculty member can tell the student which instructor’s interests are most closely aligned with those of the student. Students who are not Communication majors or minors, but who would like to pursue Communication-related careers after graduation, can receive informal advising. An Economics major who desires a newspaper career, for example, can solicit advice from department instructors, often one from whom that student may have taken a course.

Academic Advisors

Once a student declares Communication as their major or minor, the Student Services Manager will match a student to a faculty member, who will serve as their academic advisor. It is recommended that new COMM majors meet with their advisors at least once soon after they declare. Faculty advisors are a great resource for research opportunities, mentorship, letters of recommendation, and to discuss graduate school interests and career options.

Peer Counseling

Peer Advisors are undergraduates in the Communication program who are available for advising any undergraduate about anything related to the major or minor. The Peer Advisors for the 2018-19 academic year are Gillian Brassil, Walker Brown, and Joe Kaprielian.

The Student Services Manager

We recommend that Communication majors and minors regularly meet with our Student Services Manager who will offer guidance in terms of accurately completing the requirements toward your communication degree. COMM majors should check in at least once per quarter to make updates to their study plans. If you have any questions during your academic study at Stanford, course related or otherwise, and do not know with whom to speak, please consider the Student Services Manager as your first point of contact.

Transfer Students

Generally required Communication courses must be taken at Stanford. No more than 10 units of transfer credit may be applied to meet departmental requirements for majors, and no more than 5 credits for minors. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions asks transfer students to furnish an official transcript, which is evaluated by the University. Students who transfer to Stanford and enter the Department of Communication should know that the only Communication course likely to be waived is COMM 1.

Combined and Multiple Majors

Formal options exist for all Stanford undergraduates who are interested in pursuing more than one academic discipline. Students should refer to the Stanford Bulletin and the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education. Remember that participation in any multiple major program requires declaration of each major via Axess.

Students who pursue this option, and also those pursuing a minor, must complete a Multiple Major Form in their year of anticipated graduation indicating which courses they plan to apply toward each major and/or minor. Students will not be eligible to graduate until this form has been completed, signed, and submitted. Single majors (with or without honors) do not need to submit this form.