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:

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

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

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

Companies

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