The major that I plan on studying at the is Criminology and Investigations. Criminology and investigations is a major that requires you to study a variety of resources in order to prevent, investigate, and educate about different types of crimes. It is the scientific study of the law. To get into the program at West Virginia you must have a 2.0 GPA over all and achieve sophomore status. The program is very competitive due to the large number of applicants each year. Before you get into the major you must receive a C or better in Sociology 101, and Sociology 105. Once in the major to graduate you need 128 credited hours, and internships during the student's junior year are encouraged.
I have been interested with criminal justice for many years and got very excited when I realized that I have the opportunity to be a part of this program. There are many jobs opportunities after I graduate, for example, Parole Officer, Crime Analysis, Bailiff, and Victim Advocacy. But the one that I am most interested in becoming is a Police Officer and then eventually becoming an FBI agent. The purpose of being a Police Officer is to protect and serve a community from various crimes that are being committed and enforcing the law. This job is very demanding and dangerous. It requires you to work long hours and be on call at all times. This can affect your personal life in many negative ways. .
When becoming a Police Officer you must go through training where ever your agency is located. Most of the things that are required of you are learned on the job. It is required of you to be a U.S citizen, at least twenty years old, and meet physical and personal qualifications. Some applicants are drug tested and even put through a lie detector test. The starting salary is about $28,160 according to bls.gov and includes paid vacation, sick leave, and medical and life insurance. As a Police Officer I would be pursuing different people who break the law and give them citations or warnings.