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 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:

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

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

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

Companies

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