Interest in the field of criminal justice continues to grow and attract students to this area of higher education. These students typically represent society in that their beliefs about the justice system are based on media depictions, not education or experience. This study surveyed Introduction to Criminal Justice students from two universities, and compared their television viewing habits with (1) their perceptions of the justice system, their knowledge of justice system policies and procedures, and their occupational aspirations. It was found that self-reported media exposure affected both perceptions of the justice system and major selection. Specifically, viewing law enforcement related television influenced major selection, while forensic and court related shows negatively impacted perceptual accuracy.
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