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:

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

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

Companies

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