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: Digital Media Studies

The Digital Media Studies path will equip you to analyze the psychological and social impact of digital media technologies.

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 116 Journalism Law 120W The Rise of Digital Culture 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 172 Media Psychology 176 Advanced Digital Media 177B Big Local Journalism 177C Health and Science Journalism 177D Narrative Journalism 177I Becoming a Watchdog 177P Programming in Journalism 177SW Sports Journalism 177T Building News Applications 177Y Foreign Correspondence 184 Race and Media 186W Media, Technology, and the Body 280 Virtual Reality Journalism in the Public Sphere 326 Advanced Topics in Human Virtual Representation 350 New Media and Journalism

Research Opportunities

Center for Deliberative Democracy Stanford Computational Journalism Lab Media and Personality Lab Stanford Open Policing Project Political Communication Lab Peninsula Press Political Psychology Research Group 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:

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

Companies

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