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 131 Media Ethics and Responsibility 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 153 Political Campaigning in the Age of the Internet 154 Politics of Algorithms 157 Information Control in Authoritarian Regimes 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 177C Science and Environmental 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:

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

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

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

Companies

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