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:

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

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

Companies

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