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As the title of our blog suggests, these posts by College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) faculty and special guests will engage, inform and challenge you in a myriad of ways. The posts reflect the diversity of our programs of study: degrees that are traditional (history), current (justice studies and communications), academic (English literature) and career-oriented (psychology, counseling, criminal justice and government). Here, there is something for everyone.
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By Taylor Williams
 Sociology Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

It was just another day in my social psychology class with Dr. Valenti during the fall 2016 semester. Her lectures are always interactive and extremely interesting, and today was no different. We started class by listening to Drew Dudley’s Ted Talk on “lollipop moments.”

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By Filippo Posta, PhD
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

By Ben VanDerLinden, MS
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“Math is the language of God.” (Galileo, a few years before being put under house arrest for heresy)

Controversy is a common theme when bringing faith into the classroom, classically to a greater extent in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) areas. Many do not think that faith and mathematics are compatible.

However, that has not been our experience.

This is a summary of our successes and failures in the attempt to integrate Grand Canyon University’s Christian mission into our algebra courses.

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By Jessi Farmer, MA
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

“New media” has become the all-encompassing term to describe the Internet and the interplay between technology, images and sound.

New media, like Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest and apps, provide interactive participation between media and its users anytime, anywhere on electronic devices. The influence of new media is well documented and currently unparalleled.

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

After earning your undergraduate degree, you may be contemplating your next step. If you are looking to further your education and grow in your knowledge of a subject you are passionate about, consider earning a graduate certificate of completion from Grand Canyon University. Find out more about GCU’s wide variety of graduate certificates of completion offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences:

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

If you have earned an undergraduate degree in a field like sociology or psychology, you may be wondering what your next step should be. Many individuals choose to begin a master’s program, while others decide to earn a graduate certificate of completion, a shorter program that can later be applied to a graduate degree. Continue reading to learn about Grand Canyon University’s graduate certificate of completion programs offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Many students begin their college journey unsure of what the future holds. However, choosing to earn a Bachelor of Science in Psychology can provide many options for students who have a passion for learning about the human mind. If you are interested in the science of psychology, there are many careers you can pursue by choosing to earn this degree. Here are a few reasons to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology:

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By Jessalyn Johnson
English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

By Lauren Abraham
Communications Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

If you have an undergraduate degree in a justice studies field, you may be interested in furthering your education and earning a master’s degree. By choosing to earn a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies, you will gain a competitive edge as you enter the workforce. There are many reasons to enroll in a master’s degree in criminal justice program, including the following:

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By Sherman Elliott, EdD
Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Claire was listening to her favorite radio program, “The Shadow,” when an important broadcast interrupted the popular murder mystery program. The announcer read the copy, “The Japanese have just bombed Pearl Harbor.”

Claire ran into the kitchen to tell her father the news. Putting his newspaper down, he quickly admonished her for saying such things. “No, Dad, it’s true. Come listen to the radio,” she pleaded.

Glen stood in silence as the radio broadcaster repeated the details of the unprovoked attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. That was the first time my mother ever saw my grandfather cry.

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By Elizabeth Valenti, PhD
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences   

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” (Thomas Merton)

The desire to prosper and experience positive well-being is the primary reason most embark on their educational and occupational journeys; yet, many have never mastered the art of life balance.

Research consistently shows that those who are overworked and heavily enmeshed with their jobs or schooling (otherwise deemed “unbalanced”) are more likely to experience symptoms of stress and burnout, suffer more health issues and experience more social problems.

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By Jessalyn Johnson
 English and Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Everyone has a different personality and sees the world through a unique lens. Do you know what your personality type is? Determining this can provide a better way for you to understand yourself and why you think the way you do. Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Science in Psychology allows you to explore the fascinating topic of personality to discover something about yourself and your peers that you may not have known before.

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