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Criminal Justice Courses

CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)
This entry-level course is an overview that examines the nature of crime and the criminal justice system to reveal significant history, facts, and trends.
Prerequisites: None. English Placement Level: EN 101. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

CJ 103 Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits)
This course examines the nature, causes, and consequences of juvenile delinquency in society. It explores four broad areas: the definition and measurement of delinquency, the various explanations for delinquency, the social and institutional context in which delinquency occurs, and the juvenile justice system. The course addresses specific topics, such as incidence and prevalence of delinquency, social control theories, violent youth crime, illegal drug use, female delinquency, gangs, the police, and the juvenile court, in local and global contexts.
Prerequisites: Prerequisite: CJ 101 or concurrent enrollment. English Placement Level: EN 101. Math Placement Level: None.

CJ 104 Dynamics of Substance Abuse (3 credits)
This course examines the history and legislation of drug abuse, the neurology of drug abuse, drug classification, and the sociological and psychological reciprocal effects of drug abuse. Emphasis is also placed on examining drug abuse prevention and treatment programs, the business of drugs, drug laws, enforcement, and policies. This course also explores the debate surrounding drug maintenance, decriminalization, and harm reduction.
Prerequisites: None. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None.

CJ 150 Constitutional Law for Police (3 credits)
This course acquaints present and future law enforcement personnel with various aspects of criminal procedure. It also includes a study of laws that govern police work which have their basis primarily in the U.S. Constitution, the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, and the statutes passed by the local government.
Prerequisite: CJ 101 or permission of the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator. English Placement Level: EN 101.

CJ 200 Criminal Law (3 credits)
This course is a study of the historical development and philosophy of law. Topics include legal definitions, constitutional provisions, and classifications of crimes, which are then applied to the administration of justice. Particular attention will be directed to the elements of crime, intent, attempts, and the laws of arrest. The relationship of criminal law to the working police officer and the rights and duties of both citizens and police officers will be addressed.
Prerequisite: CJ 101. English Placement Level: EN 101. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall)

CJ 206 Social Values and the Criminal Justice Process (3 credits)
This course is an in-depth exploration of the social values and ethics that are the basic principles of a sound criminal justice process. This course also examines the roles of the participants in the administration of justice in relation to the public they serve.
Prerequisite: CJ 101. English Placement Level: EN 101. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

CJ 225 Criminal Investigation (3 credits)
This course covers the fundamentals of reconstructing a chronological sequence of events as to if, when, and how a crime was committed. This includes searching for, collecting, preserving, evaluating, and cross-comparing physical and oral evidence within the framework of accepted procedural and constitutional requirements and standards. Also included in the course are procedures using proven scientific methods and analyses to meet the ideal standards of an investigation to resolve the issue, identify the offender(s), and professionally present the findings in court.
Prerequisites: CJ 101, CJ 200, and EN 111. English Placement Level: EN 101. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Spring)

CJ 299 Internship/Fieldwork (4, 6 or 12 credits)
This course offers Criminal Justice majors the opportunity to undergo a practical, on-the-job working environment within the CNMI Justice System. Specific agencies are collaborating with NMC to ensure a cooperative and educational experience. Students may elect to take this course for 4, 6 or 12 credit hours. This course is open to Criminal Justice Degree students only.
Prerequisites: CJ 101, CJ 150, CJ 200, CJ 206, and a 3.5 GPA in CJ classes. English Placement Level: EN 202. Math Placement Level: None.

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