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:

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

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

Companies

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