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.

Choose your own adventure: Pathways through the major

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 124 Lies, Trust, and Tech 125 Perspectives on American Journalism 135 Deliberative Democracy and its Critics 137W The Dialogue of Democracy 138: Deliberative Democracy Practicum: Applying Deliberative Polling in Local Communities 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 177E Specialized Writing and Reporting: Telling True Stories 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

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:

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

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

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

Companies

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