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: Media Psychology

The Media psychology pathway gives you novel ways to study the relationships among digital media, psychology, and behavior.

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:

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

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

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

Companies

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