Picks and Pans Review: A New Book Explains How Hollywood Is Influencing Students

updated 08/25/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/25/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

In Kaplan's Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges, guidance counselors were asked which TV shows and movies are most influential in nudging students toward a field of study. Authors Trent Anderson and Seppy Basili explain the results.


1 CSI "Created huge interest in forensic science."

2 ER "Shows a wide range of medical careers."

3 Law & Order Maps out "the legal system's many career paths."

4 Boston Public "Gets students interested in the very rewarding teaching profession."

5 The Practice "The show humanizes attorneys, making law much more attractive.


1 A Beautiful Mind "Motivated more students to explore math."

2 Legally Blonde "Encourages many law school applicants."

3 Drumline "Draws attention to historically black colleges."

4 The Lord of the Rings "Increases interest in computer graphics."

5 Mr. Holland's Opus and The Sum of All Fears (tied) Education and the CIA, respectively, get boosted.

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