If you live in the state of Idaho and are interested in becoming an FBI agent, you probably already know that you will need some formal education. In fact, the FBI requires all of its applicants to have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

A lot of people mistakenly believe that there is a specific degree necessary for becoming an FBI agent or that is focused on this area. However, this is actually not the case at all. Since FBI agents work in such a wide range of different capacities, it would be impossible to have just one course of study for all prospective agents to follow.

Theoretically, you could major in anything you wanted, apply to the FBI, complete training, and then begin working as an agent. However, the FBI does have certain subject areas from which it picks the vast majority of its agents. Therefore, you can greatly improve your chances of being accepted to the bureau by majoring in one of these areas.

They include financial studies and/or accounting, computer science, computer information technology, foreign languages and/or general linguistics, and various aspects of law, such as law enforcement, criminal justice, and criminology.

The good news for you, as an Idaho resident, is that the state is home to many fine colleges and universities that can make getting a degree in one of these subject areas a breeze. You will just need to spend some time researching all of your options to find the school and the program that is the best fit for you.

Current agents have attended schools such as Boise State University, located in Boise, and Idaho State University in Pocatello. Lewis Clark State College of Lewiston is another popular choice, as is the University of Idaho at Moscow. Many current FBI agents have also attended the University of Idaho College of Law, located in Moscow, or private institution Brigham Young University at Idaho, located in Rexburg. There’s also the College of Idaho in Caldwell, New Saint Andrews College of Moscow, and Northwest Nazarene University at Nampa to choose from.

The colleges and universities listed above, which are both public and private, are all traditional four year colleges and universities or graduate schools intended for continued study after receiving a bachelor’s degree. It is important to note, though, that not everyone will go the traditional educational route. You can, for example ,choose to attend a community college or a trade or technical school, from which you can earn an associate’s degrees. Such institutions are generally cheaper and more adult education oriented than more traditional organizations. While the associate’s degree earned from such an institution will not be sufficient for FBI employment, the credits earned while pursuing the degree can easily be transferred to an accredited undergraduate degree program. Common alternative school choices for Idaho residents include the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, the College of Western Idaho in Nampa, and Eastern Idaho Technical College, located in Idaho Falls. There’s also North Idaho College, located in Coeur d’Alene.

Remember too the day and age that we live in, and the vast opportunities that the internet brings us. Those who don’t feel that either a community college or a traditional college or university is right for them may find their niche with an online school. Online schools, which can be attended from all over the world, often get a bad reputation, but there really are some good ones out there that can provide you with a full and well rounded education. It is just up to you to do your research and to choose a school that is fully accredited and that offers you ever opportunity for success.