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Criminal Justice (CRD)
Program Course Descriptions

CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Introduces students to the study of the criminal justice system. Three components of this system, the police, courts, and corrections, will be studied and interrelationships will be shown between components. Outside readings and guest speakers will combine the practical and academic aspects.
CRJ103 Criminal Law
Pre: Communications Proficiency
A study of criminal law, constitutional and statutory provisions, purposes of criminal law, classification of crimes, elements of crimes, defenses available to those accused of crime, and jurisdiction of the courts.
SOC106 Introduction to Sociology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Introduction to the study of society, employing all the basic concepts of sociology, such as: the structure and functions of society, culture, norms, roles and status. Attention is given to the origins of sociology, its methods and its place as one of the social sciences. Fulfills open, liberal arts and social science electives.
SPE102 Speech
Focuses on the nature and effects of verbal communication. Students will become familiar with the communication process, including some of the following: principles of organization, purpose, language structure, effective delivery, and audience analysis. Students individually will use these elements in informative and persuasive speaking in the traditional speaker-audience relationship. Fulfills open, liberal arts, and humanities electives.
HUM-ELECTIVE Humanties Elective(s)
or  LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
or  MAT 140-143 Liberal Arts Math or Intro to Statistics
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
CRJ107 Constitutional Interpretations of Criminal Procedures
CRJ110 Juvenile Justice System
Pre: Communications Proficiency; CRJ 101
This course traces the philosophy, history, and development of the juvenile justice system. Particular attention is paid to juvenile institutions and current treatment programs.
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
or  LS-ELECTIVE Laboratory Science Elective
CRJ108 Crisis Intervention in the Field of Criminal Justice
Pre: Communications Proficiency
A course in assessing and handling the "disturbance call" crisis. Will cover issues such as family fights, rape calls, crime victimizations, suicide, adolescent problems, alcoholism, and drug abuse. In addition to communication and problem-solving skills, referral techniques will be covered, focusing on agency resources in the area.
CRJ202 Principles of Corrections
Pre: Communications Proficiency
The study of the development of correction, including the impact of incarceration on the offender and society.
CRJ212 Police and Society
PSY102 Introductory (General) Psychology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Systematic study of behavior including the development of psychology as a science, the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, motivation, sensation and perception, personality development, cognitive processes, maturation and development, and adjustment. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
CRJ208 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
or  SCI-ELECTIVE Science Elective(s)
CRJ206 Criminal Investigation
or  HUM-ELECTIVE Humanities Elective
CRJ210 Criminal Justice Internship
Pre: Communication and Mathematics Proficiencies; CRJ student must have completed all first year courses
With a supervised, 120 hour on-the-job work experience in a criminal justice agency, students should be able to: apply academic concepts in the field; gain knowledge of the structure and process of the Criminal Justice System; maintain constructive relationships with co-workers; and gain additional career information. Weekly faculty/student seminars and periodic site visits by the instructor are conducted to provide direction, reflection and problem solving opportunity. (120 hours of field work and 30 hours of seminar per semester)
or  OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective(s)
CRJ-ELECTIVE Criminal Justice Elective(s)
SOC204 Criminology
Pre: SOC106
Study of criminal and delinquent behavior in the United States with emphasis on measures of preventive control and treatment. Crime and delinquency are examined as personal and social problems. Fulfills open, liberal arts and social science electives.
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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