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:

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

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

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

Companies

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