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:

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

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

Companies

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