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:

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

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

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

Companies

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