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

Companies

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