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    My eventual goal is to be in the FBI. But anything in LE is very appealing to me. My question is, what should I major in college? Right now I'm in the school of arts and sciences for Criminology. But I'm debating on getting a business major and crim minor. I know LE is what I want to do. But does anyone reccommend having the business major in case LE doesnt work out?

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    Majoring in criminal justice is nice and good for your career because it will teach you different laws, rules, precedents, and other related topics that the academy will not cover. HOWEVER, if you decide after awhile that Law enforcement isn't for you then your degree will not hold much weight. I strongly suggest that you major in something else. Your other major will not affect your criminal justice career and a bachelors in any field is very appealing to any department.

    A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday. Jonathan Swift 1667-1745

    It's only a conspiracy when your party is not in power.

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    • #3
      buisiness. FBI is great, buisiness teaches you to think/write/speak. It also teaches you something that doesn't just apply to LE. I am a Wildlife Biology major (Game Warden or Ranger), but the sciences teach you a lot of investgative skills for LE abstractly. I graduate this semester. feel free to pm me if you need anything.

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      • #4
        I spoke with a cop once, and he said a major like accounting is actually really good because it'll be quite relevant to law enforcement - and should it turn out you don't like it, the degree will still be marketable.

        --Basically what LeanG said, doh!

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        • #5
          Mine was English/History.....and I have worked for several local LE agencies and now working for the Feds and it has worked for me.

          I tell people to get a degree in what you are interested in, as if you get injuried and can't do the job, get disinterested and want to do something else, or can't qualify for LE, you will have something to fall back on.......

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          • #6
            What is every department in the nation? A business. Can't go wrong with a business degree. Minor in criminal justice.
            -Stay safe

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            • #7
              if you like FBI, check out the critical skills needed. criminal justice and/or bachelors will not get you into FBI. take another language((not spanish,, more like korean,chinese,arabic, farsi) and you'll be marketable to any fed agency.. or major in accounting, computer science... again this is if you're interested in the FBI.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ask80
                if you like FBI, check out the critical skills needed. criminal justice and/or bachelors will not get you into FBI. take another language((not spanish,, more like korean,chinese,arabic, farsi) and you'll be marketable to any fed agency.. or major in accounting, computer science... again this is if you're interested in the FBI.
                Only problem with that is that the FBI changes their critical skills stuff from time-to-time.....so you might want to think about that as well...

                http://www.fbijobs.gov/111.asp

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                • #9
                  1. Study something you would like to do if you don't like LE, or cannot get hired/continue on.
                  2. Accounting (FBI is "follow the money") plus the foreign language.
                  3. Law (used to be the bureau only hired lawyers & accountants)

                  I have a degree in Management, spent 27 years as a Fed in a Treasury Dept. agency.
                  "A man who has nothing which he cares about more than he does about his personal safety is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the existing of better men than himself."
                  John Stuart Mill

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