What major(s) should I choose to work in the human trafficking area or in the terrorism area?
I am currently enrolling into a collegiate high school so that I may graduate high school with my associates degree, however the final part in the process requires me to choose a major. I would like any information at all regarding internships or majors I should choose or if I should double major or any details at all regarding job details because a lot of things online is not specific enough or if there is any websites you recommend... all would be greatly appreciated! #college-major #law #major #human-trafficking #criminal #terrorism
yoonji KIMCareerVillage.org Team
You've gotten interesting insights from Chris and Taylor thus far. There are a lot of different paths to working in human trafficking and/or terrorism.
Since you have a deep interest in these two fields, the next thing I would think about would be what career you'd like to have. Do you want to go work for a think tank, NGO/nonprofit, or the government? For a think tank or NGO/nonprofit, I'd think about a degree in international affairs or international development. If you'd like to work in the government one day and fight this good fight overseas as a foreign service officer or in Washington, DC at the State Department, Dept. of Justice, or Dept. of Labor, I'd look into a degree in public policy or law. Do you like to write and travel? Perhaps you could do double major in journalism and international affairs so that you could be on the human trafficking/terrorism beat. Are you interested in tech? You could work for an NGO like Thorn that is using AI to combat child abuse and helps with trafficking of minors or work for a tech giant that is using tech for good.
After that, I would consider your regional interests. Do you speak a second language? (If you don't that's fine but some majors like international affairs will have you study a second language. You can be strategic and consider learning a language that the US government deems critical and get access to scholarships this way, see https://exchanges.state.gov/cls for more info.) Do you have an interest in a particular region of the world like East Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America? You can combine these interests and work them into your studies and career choice.
The options are truly limitless! Feel free to post a follow-up question in the comment section of this answer if you have any. Good luck with your studies!
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There are many majors you could choose. I think Social Work is a great choice as it allows you to do just about anything you want. If you want to go a step further than a Bachelor's degree, you can get a MSW or law degree. I have a very close friend here in Houston who is an attorney and she has devoted most of her career to just human trafficking and helping victims of human trafficking. She's a great resource for all of it. I suggest you talk to some individuals who have been doing both types of work and ask what degrees they got and about their career path.
Chris Parker, MA, LCSW
It sounds to like a Criminal Justice degree would be just perfect for you. Helen, since you are interested in a double major may I suggest Social Work that way you will have some idea of how to help the people who are being trafficked. Helen, if fighting terrorism is the area that you are interested in pursuing then I think that Political Science would be your best bet.
I know that whatever major you choose to pursue you have a very bright future ahead of you and I am glad to have been able to be a part of it.
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