I was a student at the University of Wisconsin where I pursued a degree in Legal Studies and a certificate in Criminal Justice.
I took the courses: Criminal Justice in America, Criminology, Wrongful Convictions, Gender/Crime & Justice, Civil Rights, Abnormal Psychology, Law in Action, The Politics of Human Rights, Ethnicity/Race & Justice, Clinical Communication Skills and Criminal Justice & Popular Culture.
I wish I would have taken more courses about Social Justice, Policy and Criminal Law.
I think that Criminal Justice can be very tailored to your interests. I had the option to choose courses around sociology, political science, social work, psychology, gender & womxn's studies, anthropology, history, human development and counseling psychology, so I could pick and choose what I was interested in learning about.
Enjoy your criminal justice courses (they were my favorite)!
After getting my Bachelor's in Criminal Justice, I didn't find the types of jobs/career opportunities I wanted. I ended up going back to school and getting an Associates in Paralegal Studies. I loved the legal courses and going to the library to research...but once out there and working as a paralegal...it wasn't the same. So I took other courses, Pharmacology, Anatomy and Physiology and photography. All of these extra courses I use when I am at a crime scene or working a murder...so you never know. Think outside of the box and take courses you are interested, but also that are relevant to your studies. Or will enhance your studies.
As for academics, I’d recommend paying attention to sociology or philosophy, psychology or maybe linguistics, each of which will give you a set of tools for keeping your own mental health in criminal justice, as well as an understanding of what causes some actions, and how to recognize potentially aberrant psyches. Linguistics can help you identify patterns of behavior by dissecting speech.
Nutrition- excellent for you, and helpful if you work in a disadvantaged precinct.
Basic Social work classes- knowing how to help people BEFORE a crime is committed can be a blessing.