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:

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

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

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

Companies

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