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15 things only criminology students understand

It's criminal work - but legal.

Criminology as a social sciences subject itself is relatively new, in comparison to its psychology and sociology counterparts. However, unlike the two aforementioned subjects, criminology is quite possibly the only subject that you cannot get over-enthusiastic about without looking like a complete and utter psycho.

Yes, we are weird, so criminology students, of the past, present and future, and even those who are curious, read on and let’s embrace our weird.

1. You have to explain what your degree entails – to everyone!

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If psychology is the study of the ‘psyche’ and sociology is the study of ‘society’, what do people think the study of criminology is? Penguins?

2. You are paranoid about being detained due to your internet history.

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I swear, my Google search on extremist propaganda is for academic purposes only!

3. You know how to kill someone with a spoon.

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This is not the only weird way you know how to kill someone.

4. And you also know how to get away with murder.

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Annelise Keating has got nothing on you.

5. You question your sanity

A man in a grey hoodie is sat on the subway with other people. He is paranoid, nodding to himself, looking around at the other passengers and rubbing his face with his hands
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Is it normal to find crime so hypnotically pleasing?

6. You are discreetly impressed by the unsolved crimes

A man in a white shirt, a loose black tie and dark blonde hair, raises his eyebrows, nods slightly and smiles, impressed
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I’m looking at you Mr. D.B. Cooper and Zodiac Killer.

7. But you also believe you can do better when they are solved.

Two ladies, one wearing black and another in grey, stand on either side of a man in a black suit, who raises his hands. All three have slightly annoyed expressions and the words "#you had one job" flash on screen
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It’s those stupid mistakes like sterilizing the bathtub after dismembering a body that makes us annoyed! You had one job!

8. You turn into Sherlock Holmes when new cases are reported.

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My dear, Watson! We have a crime to solve, even though no-one told us too!

9. Serial killers are your guilty pleasure.

Two brown-haired woman, one in a burgundy top facing the camera and the other in a black graphic top with her back to the camera, are sat at a table with doughnuts and two glasses of milk. The woman facing the camera says with her mouth-full "it's so wrong...but it's so right"
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You know their backstories, their victims, their motive and everything there is to know about them like they are your creation.

10. You over-analyze crime podcasts.

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Don’t mind me questioning everything these hosts say and claim.

11. Your reading material is…questionable?

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History of Serial Killing. Dangerous Brown Men. Gender Crimes and Justice. Just a little lighthearted reading for the morning commute to give all the other passengers a heart-attack.

12. The highlight of your semester was a field trip to a prison.

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There is nothing like a day out with murderers.

13. You question every crime statistic.

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We need details over where you got the information from and how accurate it is.

14. Being judged by everyone for your “dead-end” subject

A woman with blonde hair and in a pink top has one hand on a counter with a turquoise colored book and her other hand goes to her hip as she says to a man in a blue suit, facing her "Someone's really chiming in when they shouldn't be"
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I didn’t realize contributing to the study of criminal behavior and activity was a dead end?

15. Ultimately, you are too unfit to be a criminal, so you help catch them instead.

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You have to contribute to society somehow!

Have I convinced you that studying Criminology is awesome and not just for weirdos?