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."