Why Study Communication at Stanford?

Silicon Valley is the center of innovation in contemporary communication. And Stanford sits at the heart of the Valley. Whether you’re an undergraduate, a journalist in training, or a Ph.D. student, the Department of Communication at Stanford will give you a one-of-a-kind perspective on the changes under way.

For undergraduate majors and coterminal master’s students, the Department offers a broad and rigorous introduction to the social and psychological power of communication. Students have the opportunity to work closely with faculty in every area, often on research that will see publication. Have you ever wanted to build a world in virtual reality? To engage your fellow citizens in more productive deliberations? To understand the Chinese blogosphere? If so, you’re in the right place.

With their communication degree in hand, recent graduates have gone on to careers in the media, the law, teaching and technology, among others.

You can learn more here: Why major in Communication?

For master’s students in journalism the Department offers an intensive year-long program that emphasizes multimedia storytelling, data-driven reporting, and experimentation in immersive journalism about public affairs issues. Our graduates are currently reporting and editing the news everywhere from Politico to The Washington Post to Google News.

You can learn more here: Journalism M.A.

For Ph.D. students the Department offers a chance to work closely with individual professors inside and outside the Department, and to develop their own unique research programs. In the first two years, students take courses in each of the Department’s core areas and develop strong qualitative and quantitative research skills. By the third year, all have embarked on their own research, apart from classes.

Because of the field’s interdisciplinary nature, we encourage students to build Ph.D. committees that reflect the questions driving their research. Students routinely take courses and work with professors in sociology, art history, psychology, political science, and computer science, among other fields. Students are even required to have at least one professor from another department serve as a member of their dissertation committees.

Our highly individualized Ph.D. program has been very successful in placing graduates in academic positions. In recent years, our students have received tenure track positions at the London School of Economics, Princeton University, New York University, the University of Michigan, the University of Southern California, the Ohio State University, the University of Amsterdam, the University of North Carolina, Boston University, the University of Georgia, and Cornell University, to name a few.

You can find full information on the Ph.D. Program here: Theory and Research Ph.D.