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:

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

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

Companies

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