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By Kennedy Lane
Professional writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sociology is the study of human life and the way that humans interact with one another. When you choose to study sociology, you have the opportunity to study a wide variety of topics such as crime, religion, social class structures and societal destabilization. By studying sociology, you will learn a variety of skills such as learning how to effectively communicate to multiple audiences, research skills, critical reasoning and servant leadership. These skills are helpful in any career path you choose, whether you choose to go into sociology or not after graduation. Here are some career paths that you can go into with having a sociology degree.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

A professor once told me that to be a great writer, you need to read, read and read. However, when looking at the great sea of writers, the amount of literature can seem very overwhelming. Everyone seems to have their own opinions on the best works to read and who their favorite writers are.

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Not too long ago, it was difficult to make a living as a professional writer. Authors had to query agents or publishers to get their work seen. Commercial writing was done with marketing and advertising professionals. And newspapers and magazines had dedicated staff to write articles. Beyond those jobs, writers might have gotten a freelance gig here or there as a ghostwriter for CEOs and politicians.

However, the internet changed all that. Publishing became a whole new industry thanks to the quick, easy and constant access to news and information. Now, just about every industry employs writers in some capacity, whether it is to do web copywriting, in-depth reporting, content development or storytelling for brand development. Self-published authors have changed how books are written and distributed. Now, quality writers are in demand as businesses continue to develop their online presence and meet their customers where they spend time.

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By Lily Cooper
Professional Writing Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Sometimes a stigma can be attached to writers when it comes to employment options. However, there are plenty of opportunities for writers to make a good income, spanning across many different industries. Here are seven high-paying writing jobs that you can tell your family about over Thanksgiving dinner when they ask you what you want to do with your life.

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In order to be successful, societies need healthy and functional family units. Families have a huge impact on a person’s life. They are the source of a person’s understanding of morals, values and social skills. Families provide support, both emotional and financial, which can make a person feel secure.

Children who grow up in healthy, functional families learn behaviors and habits from the people around them that help them integrate into society and find success the outside of the family. People who grow up in dysfunctional families can have trouble developing the right skills that can lead to future success. They may have trouble forming relationship with people outside of the family because they never did so successfully within the family structure.

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Do you dream of a career in which you can listen to great music all day long? Or perhaps you’d love to have your own talk show. A job as a radio DJ might be a great choice for you. Check out what it’s like to have a career as a radio DJ below:

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In the public’s eye, journalists hold a position of trust. They are expected to report the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. But the truth might not always be black and white and ethics can be a complicated issue. If you’re considering enrolling in a degree program in professional writing with the goal of becoming a journalist, then you’ll feel right at home at Grand Canyon University. As a faith-based school, our educational approach is centered firmly on strong values and ethical decision-making. Check out the core values and ethics in journalism below:

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A career in social work is an ideal path for resilient individuals who are interested in hands-on work that makes a positive difference in other people’s lives. You can get your foot in the door by earning a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Social Work from Grand Canyon University. A bachelor’s can allow you to work in some settings, but most aspiring social workers find that they need a master’s degree too. Before beginning your academic journey, talk to established professionals in the field to find out what social work is really like.

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Students who are interested in human behavior, especially in a clinical- or health-related setting may seek a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science. During the program, students will study behavioral health concepts related to addiction and substance abuse, counseling, group dynamics and human development. Behavior health science programs will also cover current trends, best practices and up-to-date research findings.

Graduates from behavioral health science programs can look forward to a job market that has several options. Here are some jobs that a degree in behavioral health science can lead to.

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