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What college courses should I be taking to work for the federal government as an agent or investigator?

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Mike’s Answer

I always recommend getting a degree in something that you will enjoy and can use outside of the federal government! We will teach you everything you need to know at the academy and when you go out to the field after graduating from the academy.

If you want to take some criminal justice classes you can, but I would not major in criminal justice.

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Research agencies such as HSI, DEA, ATF, NCIS, EPA-CID, DCIS, FBI, etc.
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Barbara’s Answer

Good morning. You asked what type of college courses you should take to work as an investigator for the federal government. It really would depend on what type of investigating you want to do. There are so many options. If you'd like to work in criminal investigations, think about the types of crimes you want to investigate or the agency for whom you want to work. You could take general criminal justice courses to learn about the system itself, and then you could focus on forensics, psychology, cyber and more. If you are good at math and want to work with the IRS or in financial crimes, you could take accounting courses as well. If you can't decide yet, I suggest taking an Introduction to Criminal Justice course, where you'll get a bit of information about a lot of agencies and what tasks they handle. Good luck!
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