As a female criminal justice major, I get a lot commentary on my chosen field. Some good, some bad just like any other major may have. But these are some of the most common things (or most random and slightly amusing) I hear as a criminal justice major.
1. Oh, so you want to be a police officer?
You know, if I just wanted to be a plain old police officer, and I'm not saying there is anything wrong with that, I wouldn't spend thousands of dollars to get a bachelor's degree. I would have just gone to the academy. I might start out as a police officer, but there is definitely more to criminal justice than just the police.
2. That's a man's job.
It's surprising how many times I have heard this coming out of someone's mouth, male or female. I always have to kind of grit my teeth together. Come on, really? How old school can we get? A female in this field is not uncommon anymore.
3. You know you have to do push-ups and stuff, right?
What?! I have to be able to do some push-ups and run?!! OMG WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME?! Oh yeah, because I already knew. Who would've thought I had to be physically in shape to chase criminals.
4. That's cool, I like watching crime shows.
Same. But I am telling you right now that those shows are nothing like the real deal. But thanks for not being a jerk about my major!
5. Criminal Justice majors are weird.
Yeah, you're not wrong. We are an odd breed of people. Who willingly studies horrid cases and learns so many laws for fun? Us. I don't know why it intrigues us or if it is something that should be concerning but we are weird people and we are proud of it.
6. I know who to call if I get in trouble.
Please don't call me. Right now I can't do anything, and later in life, I probably still won't be able to do much to help you if you screw up.