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 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:

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

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

Companies

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