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:

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

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

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

Companies

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