Undergraduate Courses

JAMS 101 - Introduction to Mass Media (3 units; U)
Overview of mass media from the printing press to the internet. Focus on media technologies, industries, content, and critical approaches. Prereq: none.
JAMS 111 - Gender and the Media (3 units; U)
How gender representations in popular media inform and construct our understandings of the world; gender in popular culture, including new media; critical analysis of representations. No cr for students w/cr in JAMS 460. Prereq: none.
JAMS 112 - Global Media (3 units; U)
How media function in other countries and cultures from a perspective informed by Western and non-Western conceptual, philosophical, and cultural frameworks. No cr for students w/cr in JAMS 620. Prereq: none.
JAMS 113 - Internet Culture (3 units; U)
Social, cultural, and historical dimensions of the Internet. Prereq: none.
JAMS 114 - Media and Popular Culture (3 units; U)
Critical perspectives on media and popular culture (including television, comic books, new media); how media and popular culture structure everyday life. Prereq: none.
JAMS 115 - Introduction to Media and Politics (3 units; U)
Preparation to be informed, critical consumers of political messages in wide range of mass media; applying research on political content and effects of mass media. No cr for students w/cr in JAMS 615. Prereq: none.
JAMS 116 - Journalism, Documentary, and Democracy (3 units; U)
The role of journalism and documentary in democracy examined through a variety of media products. Prereq: none.
JAMS 142 - Television and Radio in American Society (3 units; U)
Current issues in broadcasting in the United States, including ratings, programming, audience research, and effects. Not open for cr to students who have cr in JAMS 250. Prereq: none.
JAMS 192 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
The specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
JAMS 193 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
Specific topics announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
JAMS 199 - Independent Study (1-3 units; U)
For further information, consult dept chair. May be retaken to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
JAMS 201 - Media Writing (3 units; U)
Techniques and strategies for writing that can communicate effectively with media audiences; emphasizes innovation and creativity within the constraints of good grammar and style. Prereq: satisfaction of OWC-A GER
JAMS 204 - News Writing and Technology (3 units; U)
Writing, storytelling, digital editing and production for journalism and documentary. Prereq: declared JAMS major or minor.
JAMS 207 - Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations (3 units; U)
A practical approach to developing, implementing, and evaluating advertising and public relations strategies. Prereq: declared JAMS major or minor.
JAMS 210 - Jewish and Ethnic Narratives and Identities in Media (3 units; U)
Jewish and ethnic media; comparative analysis of narrative and identity constructions in photography, television, film, and convergent media. Jewish 210 & JAMS 210 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
JAMS 212 - Introduction to Corporate Communication (3 units; U)
The profession of corporate communication; focus on the variety of mass communication strategies in the field. Prereq: none.
JAMS 214 - Advertising in American Society (3 units; U)
A critical survey of advertising's development and current practices as well as its impact on people's knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors and on American society. Prereq: none.
JAMS 225 - Nature and Culture in the Information Age (3 units; U)
Exploration of popular ideas about nature and humans' place in it, as reflected and shaped by the mass media and other cultural forces. Prereq: none.
JAMS 226 - Religion, Media, and Culture (3 units; U)
Role of the mass media in shaping people's understanding and experience of religion and in negotiating the interaction between religion and society. Prereq: none.
JAMS 230 - Copy Editing (3 units; U)
Training in print editing; introduction to basic layout principles. Prereq: grade of B or better in JAMS 201(P).
JAMS 231 - Publication Design (3 units; U)
Principles of print layout and design. Prereq: none.
JAMS 232 - Photojournalism (3 units; U)
The history of photography and the practice of photojournalism, including aesthetic, conceptual, and technical developments. Digital production and distribution. Prereq: soph st.
JAMS 260 - Contemporary Non-Fiction Media (3 units; U)
Overview of new and traditional forms of non-fiction media such as documentaries, web sites, and reality television. Prereq: none.
JAMS 262 - Principles of Media Studies (3 units; U)
Central issues and concerns in the field of media studies. Cultural study of media industries and production practices. Analysis of media texts and audiences. Prereq: declared JAMS major or minor.
JAMS 280 - Selected Topics in Mass Communication: (3 units; U)
Selected topics not addressed in regularly-approved courses. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: soph st; add'l prereqs, if any, announced in the Schedule of Classes.
JAMS 289 - Internship in Journalism and Media Communication, Lower Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of basic principles of journalism and media communication in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for academic work based on 75 hrs in internship. Does not count toward JAMS major or minor. Cr/no cr only. May be retaken to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
JAMS 296 - UROP Apprenticeship (1-3 units; U)
Undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff. Prereq: acceptance into UROP; prior or conc reg in UROP seminar.
JAMS 297 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
JAMS 299 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
JAMS 306 - Feature and Magazine Article Writing: (3 units; U)
Practice in preparing periodical articles for publication. May not be retaken for cr. Prereq: jr st; declared JAMS major/minor or English major.
JAMS 307 - Persuasive Media Writing and Production: (3 units; U)
Writing, design, and production of persuasive media elements through individual and group work and skills-based activities. May not be retaken for cr. Prereq: declared JAMS major/minor; grade of C or better in JAMS 207(P).
JAMS 320 - Integrated Reporting (3 units; U)
Reporting and research for journalism and documentary. Prereq: declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in JAMS 203(P), 204(P), or 242(P).
JAMS 332 - Introduction to Digital Documentary (3 units; U)
How to film and edit quality documentary footage fit for client use, broadcast television, or film festival entry. Prereq: declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in JAMS 203(P), 204(P), 242(P) or 307(P).
JAMS 336 - Media Graphics (3 units; U)
Production and analysis of mass media graphics, photographs, and illustrations. Prereq: jr st; JAMS major/minor or Digital Arts and Culture (DAC) status; grade of C or better in JAMS 113(P) or grade of C or better in ART 118(P).
JAMS 342 - Television News Reporting (3 units; U)
Reporting, writing, and editing television news, including field camera operation and video editing. Prereq: declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in JAMS 204(P).
JAMS 356 - Media Literacy (3 units; U)
Application of general semantics and other critical thinking principles to reporting methodology and news judgment. Prereq: jr st.
JAMS 360 - History of Mass Media (3 units; U)
Evolution of mass media in the United States; how technological, cultural, political and economic changes have affected the media. Prereq: jr st.
JAMS 361 - Media Ethics (3 units; U)
Practical application of ethical principles to controversies in print and broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, and new technologies of mass communication. Prereq: jr st.
JAMS 380 - Special Topics in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies: (3 units; U)
Special topics not addressed in regularly-approved courses. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; any add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes.
JAMS 381 - Honors Seminar: (3 units; U)
Selected topics. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
JAMS 399 - On-Campus Internship (3 units; U)
Professional internship in journalism, public relations, advertising, or other media. May be retaken to 6 cr max in combination with JAMS 600. Prereq: jr st, declared JAMS major, & cons dept internship committee.
JAMS 450 - Race and Ethnicity in the Media (3 units; U)
How popular media representations of race inform understandings of past and contemporary society; race in popular culture, especially new media; critical analysis of media content and forms. Counts as repeat of JMC 660 w/similar topic. Prereq: jr st.
JAMS 489 - Internship in Journalism and Media Communication, Upper Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of basic principles of journalism and media communication in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for academic work based on 75 hrs in internship. Does not count toward JAMS major or minor. Cr/no cr only. May be retaken to 6 cr max. Prereq: 2.5 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
JAMS 497 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U/G)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
JAMS 499 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. May be retaken w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
JAMS 500 - Advanced Integrated Reporting (3 units; U)
Long form multimedia story production. Prereq: jr st; declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in 320(P).
JAMS 503 - Environment and the Media (3 units; U)
Analysis of environmental reporting in a variety of media; confluence of science, health, business, and political influences in environmental coverage. Counts as a repeat of JAMS 660 with similar title. Prereq: jr st
JAMS 504 - Critical and Opinion Writing (3 units; U)
Training in editorial research and preparation of background and opinion articles. Prereq: jr st.
JAMS 505 - Research for Advertising and Public Relations (3 units; U/G)
Examination of the research process through hands-on projects; how to formulate research questions, design questionnaires, collect data, and report and interpret answers to these questions. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in JAMS 207(P), 222(P), or 224(P); or cons instr.
JAMS 524 - Advertising and Public Relations Campaigns (3 units; U)
Advanced course in advertising and public relations; emphasis on applying integrated practices and principles. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in JAMS 222(P), 224(P), or 307(P); declared JAMS major or minor.
JAMS 532 - Documentary Production (3 units; U)
Producing, directing, researching, and writing for long-format documentary journalism. No cr for students w/cr in JAMS 660 w/similar topic. Prereq: declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in JAMS 332(P).
JAMS 544 - Television Newsroom Management (3 units; U)
Principles and practices of television news management, including hands-on experience with television news producing, assignment editing, and managing reporting crews. Prereq: jr st; declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in JAMS (342)542(P).
JAMS 559 - Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age (3 units; U/G)
First Amendment, copyright, privacy, libel, and other legal issues in contemporary news, media, persuasive communication, and social communication. Prereq: jr st.
JAMS 562 - Media Studies and Culture (3 units; U/G)
Mass media and the production of culture; media industries, content, and audiences; focus on contemporary issues. Prereq: jr st; grade of C or better in JAMS 262(P).
JAMS 600 - Off-Campus Internship (3 units; U/G)
Professional internship in journalism, public relations, advertising, or other media. May be retaken to 6 cr max in combination with JAMS 399. Prereq: jr st & declared JAMS major, or grad st; cons internship committee.
JAMS 602 - Specialized Reporting: (3 units; U)
Overview of the problems and challenges of specialized reporting in an area such as social science, science, the humanities and the arts. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st; declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in JAMS 320(P).
JAMS 614 - Seminar in Media and Public Opinion (3 units; U/G)
Preparation to be critical consumer of polls and media coverage of them; theories and findings regarding propaganda and media influence on public opinion. Prereq: jr st.
JAMS 615 - Seminar in Media and Politics (3 units; U/G)
How news media cover politics; role of traditional and new media in political campaigns; political content and effects of entertainment media and documentaries. Prereq: jr st.
JAMS 620 - Seminar in Global Media (3 units; U/G)
Economic, regulatory, and cultural characteristics of national and global mass media. Prereq: jr st.
JAMS 645 - Seminar in Health and the Media (3 units; U/G)
Theoretical frameworks for examination of media representations of health, illness, health care; impact of media consumption on health, illness; use of media in health promotion. Counts as a repeat of JAMS 660 w/ health-related subtitle. Prereq: jr st.
JAMS 659 - Seminar in Comparative Media Law (3 units; U/G)
Critical thinking and research about different countries' approaches to freedom of expression and legal issues relating to journalism, advertising, and other aspects of the media. Prereq: jr st; JAMS 559 or cons instr.
JAMS 660 - Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Media Studies: (3 units; U/G)
Research-oriented approaches to theoretical and social issues in mass communication. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
JAMS 661 - Seminar in Media Communication and Society: (3 units; U/G)
Topics related to the mass media; the research process; development of a seminar paper based on original research. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs, if any, announced in the Schedule of Classes.
JAMS 699 - Advanced Independent Study (1-6 units; U)
For further information, consult dept chair. May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st, 2.5 gpa, & writ cons instr, dept chair & asst dean for SAS.