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: Political Communication

In every country around the world, politics depends on communication: the exchange of ideas among members of the general public, the sending of messages from the public to people serving in government, conversation and negotiation among people within the government of a nation and between nations, and more. The study of political communication seeks to understand how these many forms of communication occur, shape what governments do, and shape the lives of their citizens.

At Stanford, the study of political communication is strongly focused on understanding how best to optimize public understanding of the challenges facing their nation and how best to optimize public input into government’s decision-making.

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:

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

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

Companies

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