Media Studies Concentration Requirements

Listed below are requirements for the major in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies—Media Studies Concentration. In addition to requirements for the major, students must satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements.

Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult both your journalism advisor and your L&S advisor to ensure you stay on track toward a degree.

Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.

Effective Date: Fall 2016
If you started the program before the effective date of the new requirements, please consult with your advisor about your set of requirements.

Requirements

Total JAMS Credits

36 credits

Required courses (15 credits)
  • JAMS 101 - Introduction to Mass Media, 3 credits
  • JAMS 201 - Media Writing, 3 credits
  • JAMS 262 - Principles of Media Studies, 3 credits
  • JAMS 559 - Law of Mass Communication, 3 credits
  • JAMS 562 - Media Studies and Culture, 3 credits
One Production Course from Among the Following (3 credits)
  • JAMS 204 - News Writing and Technology, 3 credits
  • JAMS 231 - Publication Design, 3 credits
  • JAMS 232 - Photojournalism, 3 credits
  • JAMS 306 - Feature and Magazine Article Writing, 3 credits
  • JAMS 307 - Advertising and Public Relations Writing and Production, 3 credits
  • JAMS 336 - Media Graphics, 3 credits
  • JAMS 504 - Critical and Opinion Writing, 3 credits
  • JAMS 602 - Specialized Reporting: (Subtitle), 3 credits
One Media Course from Among the Following (3 credits)
  • JAMS 356 (556) - Media Literacy, 3 credits
  • JAMS 360 (560) - History of Mass Media, 3 credits
  • JAMS 361 - Media Ethics, 3 credits
  • JAMS 450 - Race and Ethnicity in the Media, 3 credits
  • JAMS 614 - Seminar in Media and Public Opinion, 3 credits
  • JAMS 615 - Seminar in Media and Politics, 3 credits
  • JAMS 620 - Seminar in Global Media, 3 credits
  • JAMS 645 (445) - Seminar in Health and the Media, 3 credits
  • JAMS 659 - Seminar in Comparative Media Law, 3 credits
  • JAMS 660 - Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Media Studies, 3 credits
Seminar Requirement

All majors must complete at least one JAMS 600-level course with the word "Seminar" in its title to meet the L&S requirement for a research experience in the major.

Additional Requirements

Majors must complete at least 18 credits in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above). At least 15 upper-level credits must be taken in residence at UWM.

JAMS majors will also be required to take at least 12 credits in a single major, department, or certificate program outside of JAMS, of which at least 6 credits must be at the 300 level or above.

Students may count a maximum of 6 credits in any combination of JAMS 399 and JAMS 600, each of which can be taken to a maximum of 6 credits.

Cross-listed Courses

The following courses offered by the Department of English may be used to fulfill curricular requirements of the undergraduate major or minor in journalism, advertising, and media studies:

  • English 430 - Advanced Writing Workshop, 3 credits
  • English 435 - Professional and Technical Writing, 3 credits


Related Course

The following course offered by the Department of English may be of interest to JAMS students but may not be used to fulfill curricular requirements of the JAMS major or minor:

  • English 206 - Technical Writing, 3 credits


GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including transfer work.