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.

Choose your own adventure: Pathways through the major

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:

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

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

Companies

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