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:

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

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

Companies

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