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 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:

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

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

Companies

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