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: Journalism

The Journalism pathway provides experiences in data journalism and storytelling that will equip you to produce reporting that holds institutions accountable.

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:

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

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

Companies

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