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: Digital Media Studies

The Digital Media Studies path will equip you to analyze the psychological and social impact of digital media technologies.

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:

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

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

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

Companies

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