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:

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

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

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

Companies

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