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: Media Psychology

The Media psychology pathway gives you novel ways to study the relationships among digital media, psychology, and behavior.

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:

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

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

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

Companies

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