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What majors would fit a law enforcement career?

Im asking this question because I've heard that you would want to major in business such as Public Administration or Public Relations. #law #police #law-enforcement

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Jennifer’s Answer

I am a federal probation officer and we have officers here with a variety of degrees. A very common degree for law enforcement is Criminal Justice. We also have officers with degrees in Sociology, Psychology, and Political Science. We also have officers who have completed undergraduate degrees and then obtained their juris doctorate (law degree) and instead of practicing as a lawyer have come to be officers.


Business degrees can also help get you in the door but the public administration and public relations are more kin to working in government positions.

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Jason’s Answer

From my experience the type of degree that you attain has minimal bearing on your job as a law enforcement officer. Although some departments prefer a degree in criminal justice or something to that extent, most are looking for a degree showing commitment and ability to drive toward a goal and complete it. Anything you will need to know that will affect your role as a law enforcement officer, will be taught to you when you go through the academy. I'd suggest looking into a degree you think you will enjoy as you will probably be more successful and interested in it.

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Wanda’s Answer

As a former federal agent and current police officer, the major and minors are varied from business, education, accounting, public administration and criminal justice. there is no set degree that will put you in front of others, what counts is life experience and commitment to learn. The police job is continually evolving (as it should), and training is trying to catch up. Most law enforcement agencies have a police academy type training which has the general knowledge needed and advanced training geared towards specialty units, such as investigation and traffic. Command likes to see driven employees that care and learn and continue to self-improve. Get a degree in something that you really want and enjoy your time in college.
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