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

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

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

Companies

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