In the beautiful state of Kansas, there are lots of great educational options for those who wish to become agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). While there are no specific “FBI agent degrees,” as many people mistakenly believe, there are a wide range of different majors that you can choose from to enter into the field.

Most commonly, prospective agents study subjects such as criminal justice, criminology, crime scene investigation, forensic investigation, law, law enforcement, linguistics, foreign languages, computer science, computer information technology, computer networking, cyber crime investigation, accounting, and finance.

While you do not have to necessarily choose one of these areas to study, doing so can greatly improve your chances of becoming an FBI agent.

It seems, though, that no matter what the major, everyone today is looking for the quickest possible way to meet the FBI’s degree requirement and then move on to the next stage of the process. For those who are not aware, the FBI requires that all applicants have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

The truth is, though, that quick isn’t always better. It is best to devote as much time as possible to truly learning and to receiving a degree that you have worked hard for.

The easiest and most common way to do this is to attend an accredited traditional college or university. Luckily for Kansas residents, there are a ton of different options to choose from. Such schools are usually large and powerful and can give you every advantage and opportunity for a successful life and career. Typically, these schools will grant a bachelor’s degree to the average person in four years. The classes, though, do tend to be mostly during the day, so this option might not work for everyone.

In fact, while it would certainly be nice if everyone could just attend traditional colleges and universities, life doesn’t work that way and this simply isn’t a realistic possibility for every person. For some people, other commitments, such as a necessary job or a family to support, make the traditional schedule of a standard school impossible to deal with. Others really are in a time crunch, often due to the FBI’s upper age requirement of thirty-six, and need to be able to work toward their degree at their own pace. Whatever the reason, if you do need a quicker, different kind of option, you do have some choices.

Many people, in today’s increasingly technological world, choose to earn their degrees from online colleges and universities. If you are going to go this route, you need to proceed with caution. While there are lots of fine, outstanding online institutions out there, there are also a lot of scams. The best way to avoid these scams is to educate yourself on what constitutes a good online school and to seriously check out any school you attend online, making sure that it is fully accredited and legitimate.

If you don’t want to do the online option, you can also think about attending a community college or a trade or technical school, also commonly referred to as a vocational school. Such institutions will usually have programs designed for the non-traditional student, and they also tend to be much cheaper to attend than traditional colleges and universities. While these schools do not offer full blown undergraduate degrees, they are designed so that you can take the credits earned and apply them toward a bachelor’s degree program at another institution, thus expediting the process, giving you the quickest path to your degree.