Pathways through the Communication Major

Where could majoring in Communication lead you?

The formal requirements for the COMM major are detailed on the Major in Communication page. Everyone takes courses on the core fundamentals of communication, but there are many different pathways through the major allowing COMM students to pursue the program by taking clusters of classes that relate to their interests. Four popular pathways through the major include a focus on Digital Media Studies, Media Psychology, Journalism, or Political Communication. The COMM Department provides a variety of research opportunities related to these fields. Students often supplement their classroom and lab experiences with internships in their area of interest, and they may ultimately choose a job or graduate degree based on their accumulated knowledge.

Choose your own adventure: Pathways through the major

Pathway designations don't appear on your transcript, but they do offer ways to organize your electives and requirements.

Digital Media
Studies

Media
Psychology

Political
Communication

Selected COMM Courses

1B Media, Culture, and Society 104W Reporting, Writing, and Understanding the News 113 Computational Methods in the Civic Sphere 116 Journalism Law 120W Digital Media in Society 121 Behavior and Social Media 124 Lies, Trust, and Tech 125 Perspectives on American Journalism 135 Deliberative Democracy and its Critics 137W The Dialogue of Democracy 142W Media Economics 143W Communication Policy and Regulation 145 Personality and Digital Media 151 The First Amendment: Freedom of Speech and Press 152 Constitutional Law 152A The Law of Democracy 153 Political Campaigning in the Age of the Internet 153B Free Speech, Democracy and the Internet 154 Politics of Algorithms 157 Information Control in Authoritarian Regimes 158 Censorship and Propaganda 162 Campaigns, Voting, Media and Elections 164 Psychology of Communication about Politics in America 166 Virtual People 171 Moving Pictures 172 Media Psychology 176 Advanced Digital Media 177A Computational Journalism 177B Big Local Journalism 177C Environmental and Food Systems Journalism 177D Narrative Journalism 177I Becoming a Watchdog 177S Sports Journalism 177Y Foreign Correspondence 280 Virtual Reality in the Public Sphere 326 Advanced Topics in Human Virtual Representation 350 New Media and Journalism

Research Opportunities

Center for Deliberative Democracy Peninsula Press Political Communication Lab Political Psychology Research Group Stanford Computational Journalism Lab Stanford Open Policing Project Stanford Social Media Lab Virtual Human Interaction Lab Virtual Reality Intensive Training Seminar

Internships

The Department of Communication Internships Office forwards information about internships and job listings to our students and manages the Rebele Journalism Internship Program and the Daniel Pearl Journalism Internship.

Internships offer a way to apply what you’ve learned. Recent COMM majors have interned a the following organizations:

Prospect Park Alliance
Stanford BEAM
The Daily Show
Prime Publishing LLC
Curtsy
WME IMG
Austin Film Festival
Twitter
Thrive Global
The Huntington
The Topeka Capital-Journal
Cantor Arts Center
Stanford Magazine
Stanford School of Medicine
NBC Sports
Trevor Project
Clique
Trevor Project
Warner Brothers Records
The Clayman Institute for Gender Research
Place Pass
NBC Today Show
Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab
Via Programs
3 Doodler
BAM
Firsthand
Walt Disney Company
Soko Glam
San Francisco Opera
Half Moon Bay Review
ProPublica
PAC 12 Networks
Turnkey
Bureau of Indian Affairs
San Jose Mercury News
GM Marketing
McClatchy
Redscout
Blackberry
Legendary Entertainment
Martin Luther King J. Research and Education Institute
iCrossing
Ace Venture Capital

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Pathways through the COMM major have led recent COMM majors to pursue graduate work at the following schools and careers with the following companies:

Graduate Schools

Boston University
University of Southern California
Stanford University
Harvard University
American University
University of Chicago
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Columbia University
Georgetown University

Companies

Gap Inc.
Western Digital
Stanford University
Morgan Stanley
Apple
PepsiCo
ABC7
BBC News Bureau
Proctor & Gamble
Google
Rogers & Cowan
Kron4
Ogilvy & Mather
Blackstone Group
Accenture
Cooliris
Major League Baseball Network
Teach For America
Microsoft
Doximity
Citigroup
Tribe Dynamics
Estee-Lauder
Merril Lynch
MTV Networks
Cisco Systems
Kaiser Family Foundation
McKinsey
Creative Artists Agency
Patch.com
NetApp
Intuit
State Department
DreamWorks
Fox Entertainment
PAC-12 Network
Goldman Sachs
Facebook
Clear Channel Radio
NBC Universal
Amazon Marketplace
Adobe
Boston Consulting Group
Cornish & Carey
CBS
Accel Partners
Gigya
Sony Entertainment
Deloitte Consulting
20th Century Fox
National Basketball Association
SAP