Honors Program

Honors in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Dustin Osborne

Thesis Professor Department

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Thesis Reader(s)

Colin Glennon


Recent events have given attention to the public perception of criminal justice field in the United States. Although there has been much political debate about problems in the criminal justice field, attention should be turned to the prospective employees who will soon be seeking out these debates: college students seeking to enter the criminal justice field. The current study did that through survey data obtained from 112 students enrolled in criminal justice courses at East Tennessee State University during the Fall 2020 semester. Analysis revealed much about student interest in various criminal justice occupations, their perceived ability to perform the duties associated with them and the factors that motivated their decision-making. It also indicated that certain characteristics may influence desire to enter the policing and legal fields. Each of these findings is discussed.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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