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 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:

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

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
Stanford University
American University
Boston University
Columbia University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Chicago

Companies

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