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: Media Psychology

The Media psychology pathway gives you novel ways to study the relationships among digital media, psychology, and behavior.

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:

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

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

Companies

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