How I Met My Major

I always knew that I wanted to do something in the crime aspect but I wasn't that interested in psychology until I got to university. As you might be aware, there are 2 psychology classes that you need to do to complete your Criminology degree. After taking those classes, I got really interested in psychology. It wasn't until taking Crim 103, which is the Psychological Explanations for Criminal and Deviant Behaviour where I realized the psychology aspect of studying crime and criminals. I decided to take some more psychology classes and soon realized just how much Criminology and Psychology overlapped when dealing with an offender.

I figured, since I was going to be taking more psychology classes, I might as well look into other programs that were offered at SFU. I knew that I didn't want to change my major from Criminology to Psychology. I found out there was a double major program and a joint major program at SFU with Criminology and Psychology. The difference between the two is that the double major requires more credit as you're essentially completing two degrees. I personally didn't want to do a double major because that would mean being in school for longer than I had anticipated so I took a look at the joint major. I don't think that one program is better than the other, but it definitely is a personal decision to choose one over the other. Doing a joint major has really narrowed down my focus for a future career path because I realized that I really enjoy studying behaviour and would want to look into possible careers that overlap in the law enforcement world.

"Sometimes it ends up different but it's better that way."


Shaquillia Johnson (FASS Connections Mentor)

Criminology and Psychology Joint Major