Undergraduate Courses

JAMS 101 Introduction to Mass Media
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Overview of mass media from the printing press to the internet. Focus on media technologies, industries, content, and critical approaches.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 111 Gender and the Media
3 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: HU
Course Rules: No cr for students w/cr in JAMS 460.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 112 Global Media
3 cr. Undergraduate.
How media function in other countries and cultures from a perspective informed by Western and non-Western conceptual, philosophical, and cultural frameworks.
Prerequisites: none.
Course Rules: No cr for students w/cr in JAMS 620.
JAMS 113 Internet Culture
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Social, cultural, and historical dimensions of the Internet.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: HU
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2018.
JAMS 114 Media and Popular Culture
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Critical perspectives on media and popular culture (including television, comic books, new media); how media and popular culture structure everyday life.
Prerequisites: none.
Last Taught: Spring 2009.
JAMS 115 Introduction to Media and Politics
3 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: No cr for students w/cr in JAMS 615.
Last Taught: Fall 2008.
JAMS 116 Journalism, Documentary, and Democracy
3 cr. Undergraduate.
The role of journalism and documentary in democracy examined through a variety of media products.
Prerequisites: none.
Last Taught: Fall 2016, Summer 2015, Summer 2014, Fall 2012.
JAMS 142 Television and Radio in American Society
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Current issues in broadcasting in the United States, including ratings, programming, audience research, and effects.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: Not open for cr to students who have cr in JAMS 250.
Last Taught: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014.
JAMS 192 First-Year Seminar:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
The specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: HU
Course Rules: Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194).
Last Taught: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2007.
JAMS 193 First-Year Seminar:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Specific topics announced in Schedule of Classes each time course is offered.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194).
JAMS 199 Independent Study
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
For further information, consult dept chair.
Prerequisites: 2.5 gpa; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
Course Rules: May be retaken to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2011, Summer 2008, Spring 2008, Spring 2006.
JAMS 201 Media Writing
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Techniques and strategies for writing that can communicate effectively with media audiences; emphasizes innovation and creativity within the constraints of good grammar and style.
Prerequisites: satisfaction of OWC-A GER
General Education Requirements: OWCB
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 204 News Writing and Technology
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Writing, storytelling, digital editing and production for journalism.
Prerequisites: C or better in JAMS 101(P) and JAMS 201(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 207 Introduction to Advertising and Public Relations
3 cr. Undergraduate.
A practical approach to developing, implementing, and evaluating advertising and public relations strategies.
Prerequisites: C or better in JAMS 101(P) and JAMS 201(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 210 Jewish and Ethnic Narratives and Identities in Media
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Jewish and ethnic media; comparative analysis of narrative and identity constructions in photography, television, film, and convergent media.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: HU
Course Rules: Jewish 210 & JAMS 210 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another.
Last Taught: Spring 2008, Spring 2007.
JAMS 212 Introduction to Corporate Communication
3 cr. Undergraduate.
The profession of corporate communication; focus on the variety of mass communication strategies in the field.
Prerequisites: none.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014.
JAMS 214 Advertising in American Society
3 cr. Undergraduate.
A critical survey of advertising's development and current practices as well as its impact on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: HU
Last Taught: Spring 2019, UWinteriM 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018.
JAMS 230 Copy Editing
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Training in print editing; introduction to basic layout principles.
Prerequisites: grade of B or better in JAMS 201(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2010, Fall 2009, Spring 2009, Spring 2008.
JAMS 231 Publication Design
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Principles of print layout and design.
Prerequisites: none.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 232 Photojournalism
3 cr. Undergraduate.
The history of photography and the practice of photojournalism, including aesthetic, conceptual, and technical developments. Digital production and distribution.
Prerequisites: soph st.
Last Taught: Summer 2015, Summer 2014, Summer 2013, Summer 2012.
JAMS 260 Contemporary Non-Fiction Media
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Overview of new and traditional forms of non-fiction media such as documentaries, web sites, and reality television.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: HU
Last Taught: Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Summer 2011, Spring 2011.
JAMS 262 Principles of Media Studies
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Central issues and concerns in the field of media studies. Cultural study of media industries and production practices. Analysis of media texts and audiences.
Prerequisites: C or better in JAMS 101(P) and JAMS 201(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 280 Selected Topics in Mass Communication:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Selected topics not addressed in regularly-approved courses.
Prerequisites: soph st; add'l prereqs, if any, announced in the Schedule of Classes.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Summer 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015.
JAMS 289 Internship in Journalism and Media Communication, Lower Division
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
Application of basic principles of journalism and media communication in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting.
Prerequisites: 2.5 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
Course Rules: Students earn one academic credit per 40 hours of internship placement. Does not count toward JAMS major or minor. Cr/no cr only. May be retaken to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Summer 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016.
JAMS 296 UROP Apprenticeship
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff.
Prerequisites: acceptance into UROP; prior or conc reg in UROP seminar.
Last Taught: Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Spring 2009.
JAMS 297 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 299 Ad Hoc:
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2008, Fall 2007.
JAMS 306 Feature and Magazine Article Writing:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Using interviews, analysis and/or observation to produce feature and profile stories.
Prerequisites: jr st; declared JAMS major/minor or English major.
Course Rules: May not be retaken for cr.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 307 Persuasive Media Writing and Production:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Writing, design, and production of persuasive media elements through individual and group work and skills-based activities.
Prerequisites: declared JAMS major/minor; grade of C or better in JAMS 207(P).
Course Rules: May not be retaken for cr.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 320 Integrated Reporting
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Multimedia reporting and writing in an integrated newsroom setting.
Prerequisites: declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in JAMS 204(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 325 Audio Storytelling
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Analysis of audio storytelling techniques and impact; audio storytelling production.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: Counts as repeat of JAMS 380 w/similar topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2019.
JAMS 332 Introduction to Digital Documentary
3 cr. Undergraduate.
How to film and edit quality documentary footage fit for client use, broadcast television, or film festival entry.
Prerequisites: declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in JAMS 203(P), 204(P), 242(P) or 307(P).
Last Taught: Fall 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2010, Spring 2009.
JAMS 336 Media Graphics
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Production and analysis of mass media graphics, photographs, and illustrations.
Prerequisites: 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).
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 342 Television News Reporting
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Reporting, writing, and editing television news, including field camera operation and video editing.
Prerequisites: declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in JAMS 204(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 356 Media Literacy
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Application of general semantics and other critical thinking principles to reporting methodology and news judgment.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Summer 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2015, Fall 2014.
JAMS 380 Special Topics in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Special topics not addressed in regularly-approved courses.
Prerequisites: jr st; any add'l prereqs announced in Schedule of Classes.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2018.
JAMS 399 On-Campus Internship
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Professional internship in journalism, public relations, advertising, or other media.
Prerequisites: jr st, declared JAMS major, & cons dept internship committee.
Course Rules: May be retaken to 6 cr max in combination with JAMS 600.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 407 Persuasive Media Strategies and Tactics
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Exploration and analysis of advertising media buying and planning, and PR media relations.
Prerequisites: jr st; grade of C or better in JAMS 207(P); or cons instr.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 450 Race and Ethnicity in the Media
3 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: Counts as repeat of JMC 660 w/similar topic.
Last Taught: UWinteriM 2018, UWinteriM 2017, UWinteriM 2016, UWinteriM 2015.
JAMS 460 History of Mass Media
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Evolution of mass media in the United States; how technological, cultural, political and economic changes have affected the media.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2016.
JAMS 461 Media Ethics
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Practical application of ethical principles to controversies in print and broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, and new technologies of mass communication.
Prerequisites: jr st.
General Education Requirements: HU
Last Taught: Spring 2019, UWinteriM 2019, Fall 2018, Summer 2018.
JAMS 481 Topics in Social Media:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Topics examining social media's use, influence and/or development.
Prerequisites: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq. jr st. Not open for cr to students w/ cr in JAMS 380 w/ similar topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 489 Internship in Journalism and Media Communication, Upper Division
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
Application of basic principles of journalism and media communication in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting.
Prerequisites: 2.5 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
Course Rules: Students earn one academic credit per 40 hours of internship placement. A three-credit internship, therefore, requires the student to complete at least 120 hours. Does not count toward JAMS major or minor. Cr/no cr only. May be retaken to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2018.
JAMS 491 Honors Seminar:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Selected topics.
Prerequisites: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2014, Spring 2011, Fall 2007, Fall 1996.
JAMS 497 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Spring 2018.
JAMS 497G Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Spring 2018.
JAMS 499 Ad Hoc:
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Summer 1999, Fall 1998, Spring 1998, Spring 1995.
JAMS 500 Advanced Integrated Reporting
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Long form multimedia story production.
Prerequisites: jr st; declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in 320(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2017, Fall 2016.
JAMS 502 Specialized Reporting:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Overview of the problems and challenges of specialized reporting in an area such as social science, science, the humanities and the arts.
Prerequisites: jr st; declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in JAMS 320(P).
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Not open for cr to student w/cr in JAMS 602 w/similar topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 503 Environment and the Media
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Analysis of environmental reporting in a variety of media; confluence of science, health, business, and political influences in environmental coverage.
Prerequisites: jr st
Course Rules: Counts as a repeat of JAMS 660 with similar title.
Last Taught: Fall 2011, Fall 2010.
JAMS 504 Critical and Opinion Writing
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Training in editorial research and preparation of background and opinion articles.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Summer 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2017.
JAMS 505 Research for Advertising and Public Relations
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; grade of C or better in JAMS 207(P); or cons instr.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 505G Research for Advertising and Public Relations
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; grade of C or better in JAMS 207(P); or cons instr.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 524 Advertising and Public Relations Campaigns
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Advanced course in advertising and public relations; emphasis on applying integrated practices and principles.
Prerequisites: jr st; grade of C or better in JAMS 222(P), 224(P), or 307(P); declared JAMS major or minor.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
JAMS 544 Advanced Television News Production
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Newscast production; advanced reporting, writing and storytelling techniques.
Prerequisites: jr st; declared JAMS major or minor; grade of C or better in JAMS 342(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014.
JAMS 559 Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
First Amendment, copyright, privacy, libel, and other legal issues in contemporary news, media, persuasive communication, and social communication.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 559G Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
First Amendment, copyright, privacy, libel, and other legal issues in contemporary news, media, persuasive communication, and social communication.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 562 Media Studies and Culture
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Mass media and the production of culture; media industries, content, and audiences; focus on contemporary issues.
Prerequisites: jr st; grade of C or better in JAMS 262(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2018.
JAMS 562G Media Studies and Culture
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Mass media and the production of culture; media industries, content, and audiences; focus on contemporary issues.
Prerequisites: jr st; grade of C or better in JAMS 262(P).
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2018.
JAMS 600 Off-Campus Internship
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Professional internship in journalism, public relations, advertising, or other media.
Prerequisites: jr st & declared JAMS major, or grad st; cons internship committee.
Course Rules: May be retaken to 6 cr max in combination with JAMS 399.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 600G Off-Campus Internship
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Professional internship in journalism, public relations, advertising, or other media.
Prerequisites: jr st & declared JAMS major, or grad st; cons internship committee.
Course Rules: May be retaken to 6 cr max in combination with JAMS 399.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 614 Seminar in Media and Public Opinion
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Preparation to be critical consumer of polls and media coverage of them; theories and findings regarding propaganda and media influence on public opinion.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 614G Seminar in Media and Public Opinion
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Preparation to be critical consumer of polls and media coverage of them; theories and findings regarding propaganda and media influence on public opinion.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 615 Seminar in Media and Politics
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
How news media cover politics; role of traditional and new media in political campaigns; political content and effects of entertainment media and documentaries.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2016, Fall 2014.
JAMS 615G Seminar in Media and Politics
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
How news media cover politics; role of traditional and new media in political campaigns; political content and effects of entertainment media and documentaries.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2016, Fall 2014.
JAMS 620 Seminar in Global Media
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Economic, regulatory, and cultural characteristics of national and global mass media.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 620G Seminar in Global Media
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Economic, regulatory, and cultural characteristics of national and global mass media.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 645 Seminar in Health and the Media
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: Counts as a repeat of JAMS 660 w/ health-related subtitle.
Last Taught: Fall 2009, Spring 2009.
JAMS 645G Seminar in Health and the Media
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: Counts as a repeat of JAMS 660 w/ health-related subtitle.
Last Taught: Fall 2009, Spring 2009.
JAMS 659 Seminar in Comparative Media Law
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; JAMS 559 or cons instr.
Last Taught: Fall 2011, Fall 2007.
JAMS 659G Seminar in Comparative Media Law
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
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.
Prerequisites: jr st; JAMS 559 or cons instr.
Last Taught: Fall 2011, Fall 2007.
JAMS 660 Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Media Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Research-oriented approaches to theoretical and social issues in mass communication.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 660G Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Media Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Research-oriented approaches to theoretical and social issues in mass communication.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018.
JAMS 661 Seminar in Media Communication and Society:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Topics related to the mass media; the research process; development of a seminar paper based on original research.
Prerequisites: jr st; add'l prereqs, if any, announced in the Schedule of Classes.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2018.
JAMS 661G Seminar in Media Communication and Society:
3 cr. Undergraduate/Graduate.
Topics related to the mass media; the research process; development of a seminar paper based on original research.
Prerequisites: jr st; add'l prereqs, if any, announced in the Schedule of Classes.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2018.
JAMS 699 Advanced Independent Study
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
For further information, consult dept chair.
Prerequisites: jr st, 2.5 gpa, & writ cons instr, dept chair & asst dean for SAS.
Course Rules: May be retaken w/chg in topic to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Spring 2017.