Journalism Concentration Requirements

Listed below are requirements for the major in Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies—Journalism 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 2018
If you started the program before the effective date of the new requirements, please consult with your advisor about your set of requirements.


Total Credits

48 credits

Required courses (15 credits)
  • JAMS 101 - Introduction to Mass Media, 3 credits
  • JAMS 201 - Media Writing, 3 credits
  • JAMS 204 - News Writing and Technology, 3 credits
  • JAMS 320 - Integrated Reporting, 3 credits
  • JAMS 559 - Law of Mass Communication, 3 credits
At least 2 of the following courses (6 credits)
  • JAMS 342 (542) - Television News Reporting
  • JAMS 500 - Advanced Reporting
  • JAMS 502 (602) - Specialized Reporting
  • JAMS 544 (642) - Television Newsroom Management
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 2.000 GPA on all credits in the major, including transfer work.