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:

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

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

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

Companies

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