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:

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

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

Companies

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