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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. 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 251 Police Operations and Organizational Theory 3 credits
This course covers theoretical and practical approaches to law enforcement administration issues. It examines the traditional concepts, techniques and policies of the police component of the criminal justice system, and analyzes police operational procedures as they relate to the total justice system. This course, combining theory and practical application, helps students understand the essential skills needed for effective law enforcement organization and operation. Prerequisites: CJ 150; and CJ 200 or concurrent enrolment. English Placement Level: EN 101. Math Placement Level: None.

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.

Fine Arts Courses

AR 101 Introduction to Art 3 credits
This course covers major art trends and their place in history. The content includes art media, techniques, elements and principles of design, art criticism, and aesthetics. English Placement Level: EN 093/094.

AR 103 Drawing 3 credits
This course covers basic drawing concepts with studio investigation of line, shape, value, form, and space. Various drawing media are introduced, and student work will be matted and presented in an art exhibit. Prerequisite: None. English Placement Level: EN 073/074. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered as needed)

AR 105 Digital Media Design 3 credits
This course focuses on the students’ understanding of the elements and principles of design using digital media. Students are exposed to the use of visual, graphic, and animation design through the use of the exciting mediums of computer imagery and multi-media. Students will work in teams collaboratively in order to discover the various practical applications of digital media design. In addition, the students will gain an appreciation and understanding of the arts, practice in creative problem solving, and the development of a leisure activity for personal satisfaction. Prerequisite: None. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

AR 135 Studio for Non-Majors 3 credits
This is an introductory studio art course designed to give students a basic understanding of the creative process, exposure to art works of professionally and historically relevant artists, and the experience of working in a variety of art media. This course is of value to students, such as elementary school teachers, who need knowledge of a diverse range of art forms. This course also contributes to a well-rounded education that includes understanding and appreciation of the arts, practice in creative problem solving, and the development of a leisure activity for personal satisfaction. Prerequisite: None. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

AR 216 Ceramics 3 credits
This course introduces the student to the various techniques of ceramics production (pinch, slab, coil, and wheel throwing) for creating functional and decorative objects. English Placement Level: EN 073/074. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

AR 216 FS Ceramics 3 credits
This course offers the student the opportunity to continue skill building that was introduced in the beginning ceramics course, and concentrate the focus of their study in a specialized direction as discussed with and determined by the instructor. Focused study may include wheel thrown forms, ceramic sculpture, and developing the students’ ability to successfully operate electric and combustion kilns. Prerequisite: AR 216 or instructor’s permission. English Placement Level: EN 073/074. (Offered Fall and Spring)

DR 120 Drama in Education 3 credits
This is an introductory course in drama. Emphasis is on drama in education and will prepare a student to “stand and deliver” the CNMI Standards and Benchmarks in Drama, and to show how drama can be used as a teaching medium. Prerequisite: None. English Placement Level: EN 083/084. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

DR 202 Acting 3 credits
This is an introductory course in acting which covers both improvisation and method acting techniques. Acting exercises, theater games, and scene studies are required class projects. Participation in NMC theater productions is by competitive audition and is an optional course activity. Prerequisite: None. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

MU 106 Introduction to Music 3 credits
This is an introductory course in music appreciation. Emphasis is on general music history and theory, perceptive listening to music by various composers and performers, and styles of Western music from ancient Greece to the present day. Prerequisite: None. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

Social Sciences Courses

BE 111 College Success 3 credits
This course is designed to help students become successful in college by developing and practicing academic skills in reading, writing, listening, critical thinking, note taking, studying, memorizing, and test taking, and time management techniques, and by promoting personal responsibility, self-confidence, and awareness of self and others. This course also familiarizes students with college services and resources and explores career and further education options. This course replaces BE 110 College Life Skills. English Placement Level: EN 083/084. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

GE 201 World Regional Geography 3 credits
This course is a survey of the major populated geographic regions of the world. Emphasis is placed on how globalization affects the unique nature of regions, the interrelationships of cultures and the landscapes they occupy, and contemporary patterns and problems of economic and social development, environmental issues, and political and religious conflicts. Prerequisite: None. English Placement Level: EN 101. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

HI 101 The American Nation I 3 credits
This is an introductory survey course in American History from the pre-Columbian era to the end of the Civil War. Emphasis is on the political, economic, and social development of the North American continent, from the earliest European migrations through the rise of the United States as an American nation to the end of the Civil War. Prerequisite: None. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall)

HI 102 The American Nation II 3 credits
This is an introductory survey course in American history from the post-Civil War Reconstruction era to the present. Emphasis is on the political, economic, and social developments and changes in the United States and the role the United States has played in major world events since the late 19th century, with special reference to Pacific and Asian issues in American foreign affairs and national development. Prerequisite(s): None. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Spring)

HI 121 History of World Civilizations I 3 credits
This course is the first half of a comprehensive two-course sequence. This course provides students with a general overview of world history from the Paleolithic Period (the Old Stone Age) and the origins of civilizations (agriculture and the first cities) in the Neolithic Period (the New Stone Age) to the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, and the age of European exploration and colonization in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries. This course seeks to contribute to a well-rounded education by tracing changes in technologies, social and governmental structures, and ideologies and religions. Prerequisites: None. English Placement Level: EN 101. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall)

HI 122 History of World Civilizations II 3 credits
This course is the second part of a comprehensive two-semester sequence. It surveys the history of world civilization from about 1650 to the present. Emphasis is placed on changes in technologies, ideologies, and social, economic, and governmental structures. Prerequisite: None. English Placement Level: EN 101. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Spring)

HI 202 Issues in American Nation 3 credits
This course provides an advanced survey of American history from the post Civil War Reconstruction era to the present. Emphasis is on assessing eras, analyzing cause and effect of events, and evaluating issues in the United States; through reading primary sources documents, and writing on these issues. This Course to be offered during Spring semester.

HI 240 Sports in Society 3 credits
A comprehensive look at the role of individual athletes, teams, events, and sports in the evolution of American Society since 1789. In addition, a decade-by-decade examination of sport’s impact upon American culture, and American culture on sports. This Course to be offered during the Fall semester.

HI 255 History of the Northern Mariana Islands 3 credits
This course offers an overview of Northern Marianas history in its global context from prehistoric times up to the Covenant and the Constitution establishing the CNMI. Prerequisite: None. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

LW 110 Personal Law and Finance 3 credits
This course provides a basic knowledge of legal principles, rights, and responsibilities that affect the average person’s everyday life. Topics covered include the criminal justice system, family law, employee rights and obligations, consumer rights and obligations, civil wrongs (torts), contracts, landlord””tenant issues, and the CNMI legal system and its cultural implications. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

PS 110 Principles of Democratic Institutions 3 credits
This is an introductory course designed to familiarize students with the principles and processes of democratic government as developed and practiced in the United States. Emphasis is on the concepts and procedures relating to the development of public policy. Attention is given to current issues at the national, state, and local government levels in the U.S. as well as to issues of specific concern to the CNMI. Prerequisite: CO 210, or concurrent enrollment. English Placement Level: EN 101. Math Placement Level: MA 091. (Offered Fall and Spring)

PY 101 General Psychology 3 credits
This introductory course provides an overview of the field of psychology and of its fundamental concepts, theories, methods, history, and scope of study. This course covers introductory behavioral research methods; basic brain anatomy, brain chemistry, and the interrelationships of the human brain, the human body, and behavior; learning principles; memory; personality and theories of personality; abnormal behavior, personality disorders, and addictions; and standard treatments for common psychological and neurological disorders. Prerequisite: None. English Placement Level: EN 101. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

PY 201 Human Growth and Development 3 credits
This course is an introduction to normal human development over the life span. Concepts, issues, and theories of human growth and development are explored within the context of a multi-disciplinary systems approach. The focus is on the interrelation of physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional changes in the individual over the life span. Prerequisite: PY 101 or instructor’s approval. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Spring)

SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
This is an introductory course covering the basic concepts, methods, and theories of sociology. This course explores, in local and global contexts, elements of social life, including history, culture, socialization, various social structural contexts, social stratification variables such as status, prestige, race and ethnicity, gender, education, etc., economic and political institutions, and explanations for criminal deviance and other deviant behavior, social control, and social change. Prerequisite: None. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Fall and Spring)

SO 210 Sociology of Love, Marriage, and Family Relationships 3 credits
This course introduces the sociological study of love relationships, marriages, and family relationships through various analytical sociological methods such as the primary areas of social reality, structural functionalism, and social conflict theory. Primary topics examined include the definition and meaning of love; dating and courtship behavior; behavior in marriage unions; positive and negative interpersonal communication; human sexual behavior in relationships; parenting; stake issues in love relationships and families; economics needs and divisions of labor in love relationships, marriages, and families; divorce; and remarriage. In addition, this course will examine various types of sociological experiences that affect love relationships, marriages, and families such as historical experiences, types of social structures, power implementation in relationships, deviant behavior, social status and prestige issues, health care issues, and access to technology. Prerequisite: SO 101. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Spring)

SO 218 Social Problems 3 credits
This course utilizes the seven primary areas that define social reality as the central theoretical tool of analysis for understanding the origins and development of both micro and macro social problems in the CNMI and in US mainland society. Students will also learn how governments and human services professionals analyze and attempt to alleviate social problems through particular legislative remedies based upon specific philosophies, ideologies, and beliefs, and methods of treatment. Prerequisite: SO 101. English Placement Level: EN 093/094. Math Placement Level: None. (Offered Spring)

SO 297 Current Issues in the CNMI 3 credits
This is a core course required for all NMC degrees. It is a capstone course for all associate degrees, and thus it is to be taken in a student’s last semester or next to last semester. For Elementary Education majors, it is to be taken in the second semester of a student’s sophomore year or in the first semester of a student’s junior year. SO 297 is a seminar-format course designed to assist students to become active, competent, and effective citizens of the CNMI. The course familiarizes students with current and future political, economic, social, cultural, and environmental issues and problems in the CNMI, which are then discussed and analyzed, and possible solutions are explored. Prerequisite: CO 210 with a grade of “C” or better, or concurrent enrollment. EN 101 with a grade of “C” or better. English Placement Level: EN 202. Math Placement Level: MA 091. (Offered Fall and Spring)



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