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.

Exploring Pathway: Journalism

The Journalism pathway provides experiences in data journalism and storytelling that will equip you to produce reporting that holds institutions accountable.

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:

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

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

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

Companies

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