Paul Goetzinger MPA
Yes, the I actually recommend that the students take five years in order to complete the bachelors degree. Many of them attempt to get into a program, which will enable them to finish in four years, but I have discovered that those, who did this, missed a lot in terms of their educational experience and chose a major, which they subsequently did not like.
I was in law enforcement for 10 years, and I have to tell you that taking classes in the social sciences, like psychology, sociology, law, history and political science, eventually helped me in law enforcement. So definitely do not rush through your academic program.
You can eventually choose which area you want to major in for your B.A. or even have an academic emphasis within that particular criminology program. As long as you have taken the courses required for entry into that program. You might want to emphasize forensics, become a psychologist who studies criminal behavior, or even go on to law school and become a defense attorney or even a prosecutor. Criminology is one of those flexible degrees, which can take you into a variety of occupations.
I hope my answer has generated some ideas for you and helped with your pathway towards reaching your goals.
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