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 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:

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

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

Companies

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