Advising and Counseling
If a prospective major is not familiar with the department faculty, any faculty member can tell the student which instructor’s interests are most closely aligned with those of the student. Students who are not Communication majors or minors, but who would like to pursue Communication-related careers after graduation, can receive informal advising. An Economics major who desires a newspaper career, for example, can solicit advice from department instructors, often one from whom that student may have taken a course.
Once a student declares Communication as their major or minor, the Student Services Manager will match a student to a faculty member, who will serve as their academic advisor. It is recommended that new COMM majors meet with their advisors at least once soon after they declare. Faculty advisors are a great resource for research opportunities, mentorship, letters of recommendation, and to discuss graduate school interests and career options.
Peer Advisors are undergraduates in the Communication program who are available for advising any undergraduate about anything related to the major or minor. The Peer Advisors for the 2023-24 academic year are Madeline Grabb, Jake Katz, and Iris Ung.
The Student Services Manager
We recommend that Communication majors and minors regularly meet with our Student Services Manager who will offer guidance in terms of accurately completing the requirements toward your communication degree. COMM majors should check in at least once per quarter to make updates to their study plans. If you have any questions during your academic study at Stanford, course related or otherwise, and do not know with whom to speak, please consider the Student Services Manager as your first point of contact.