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: Journalism

The Journalism pathway provides experiences in data journalism and storytelling that will equip you to produce reporting that holds institutions accountable.

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:

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

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

Companies

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