Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Bradley Edwards

Thesis Professor Department

Criminal Justice and Criminology

Thesis Reader(s)

Courtney Crittenden, Scott Contreras-Koterbay


This study investigated the effect of media on attitudes toward the criminal justice system. A survey was administered to 167 undergraduate students at East Tennesse State University in criminal justice and fine and performing arts classes. Respondents were asked how much television they watch, what their primary news source was, and how accurate crime-related television programs are. Multivariate analysis showed that age and major affected attitudes more than media consumption.

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access


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