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: Political Communication

In every country around the world, politics depends on communication: the exchange of ideas among members of the general public, the sending of messages from the public to people serving in government, conversation and negotiation among people within the government of a nation and between nations, and more. The study of political communication seeks to understand how these many forms of communication occur, shape what governments do, and shape the lives of their citizens.

At Stanford, the study of political communication is strongly focused on understanding how best to optimize public understanding of the challenges facing their nation and how best to optimize public input into government’s decision-making.

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:

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

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

Companies

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