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By Brian P. Raftery, MA
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences 

In preparing to co-author a new course in American literature, I re-read “The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.” As you may know, it was an enormously popular and influential work in its era, and it continues to be studied in literature, history and philosophy courses to the present day.

The autobiography recounts Benjamin Franklin’s prototypically American success story, which starts with his early life as the 15th of 17 children of a poor tallow chandler in Boston. It follows him through an unhappy apprenticeship in an older brother’s printing shop until he leaves Boston at the age of 17 to make his own way.

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

Earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology can help you achieve your academic goals and find a purposeful career! This area of study offers a wide range of options to help you advance your education and gain profitable skills. Of course, any undergraduate degree requires time and focus for success. So, how can you be sure that you get the most out of your psychology degree at Grand Canyon University?  

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

Have you ever felt misunderstood? Sometimes, communicating is not easy. We’ve all been in a situation where we think we are communicating one thing, but it is perceived as something completely different by someone else.

When this happens, it can change the course of a conversation. What was once a positive interaction can quickly turn into a conflict that spirals out of control. So, how do we avoid this? Perception checking is a very valuable skill in communication. It brings clarity and understanding to relationships.

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

Grand Canyon University offers a number of credible graduate programs for students who are looking to advance their careers and education. If you are pursuing, or thinking about pursuing, a degree in human factors psychology, there are several up-and-coming jobs for you to consider. With a Master of Science in Human Factors Psychology, you can achieve your career goals and begin your journey as a psychology professional!

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

Dr. Dorothy Height, a well-known educator and civil rights activist once said, “Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It’s important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It’s the way in which we ourselves grow and develop…”

I now know what she means. Volunteering has changed my life in ways that I never imagined. Whether it involves packing food boxes at my church or walking dogs at my local animal shelter, I can animatedly say the experiences have served me considerably more than the service recipients.

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By Andrea Aldean, PhD
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

How powerful is your unconscious mind? Do you think that your unconscious expectations can influence the performance of the people around you? How does this influence your expectations vs. reality?

The answer may surprise you, and, like many influential scientific studies, it starts with rats.

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