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 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 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 171 Moving Pictures 172 Media Psychology 176 Advanced Digital Media 177A Computational Journalism 177B Big Local Journalism 177C Environmental and Food Systems 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:

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

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

Companies

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