Date of Award

Summer 8-2014

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Chair

Dr. Richard Mohn

Committee Chair Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 2

Dr. Kyna Shelley

Committee Member 2 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 3

Dr. Forrest Lane

Committee Member 3 Department

Educational Studies and Research

Committee Member 4

Dr. Lisa Nored

Committee Member 4 Department

Criminal Justice

Abstract

This research sought to determine the relationship between obtaining a criminal justice or forensic science degree and the CSI Effect followed by whether the students were satisfied with their major selection. Additionally, this research sought to determine if there were discrepancies between students’ expectations before entering the forensic science or criminal justice degree program and students’ attitudes while enrolled in the forensic science or criminal justice degree program. One hundred and ninety-six participants responded to a 33-item survey instrument over a three week time period. It was determined there was a television influence on students’ major selection in the forensic science and criminal justice degree programs. Additionally, the students’ satisfaction with major was influenced by factors such as academic performance, amount of hours students’ watch crime-related television shows, students’ expectations before entering the degree program, and students’ attitudes while in the degree program.

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