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:

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

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

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

Companies

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