Date of Award

Winter 5-13-2017

Document Type

Honors Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


English, Linguistics, and Communication

First Advisor

Johnson-Young, Elizabeth

Second Advisor

Richards, Gary

Major or Concentration

Communication and Digital Studies


Georgia is fighting to make the step from developing to developed and the influence of the Georgian Orthodox Church has been an identified barricade for European Union leadership to accept Georgia into the supranational organization. This research investigates the relationship between religiosity and the perception of media bias among college students in Tbilisi, Georgia. It was hypothesized that the relationship between religiosity and perception of media bias will be negative, as measured by survey administered to the students. This paper proves the more religious a student is, the less likely he or she will recognize a media bias towards the Georgian Orthodox Church. Similarly, students who are more religious use and trust domestic news sources than those who are less religious. The implications are that religiosity plays a role in how students are viewing the news and that religious affiliation can alter how someone critically analyzes the information put forth.