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By Madison Morrissey
Student, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Every person needs to have experience to get somewhere in the corporate world these days. While the Bachelor of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing major at GCU is fantastic, students may be lacking some practical skills that we can only learn while being “on the job.” But how do we find internships and opportunities?

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By Nicholas W. Miller
Student, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Grand Canyon University now offers a Bachelor of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing. This new program focuses mainly on the principles of rhetoric and composition while simultaneously preparing students to become practical communicators in the 21st century workplace. New professional writing majors will find that many of the first courses are writing-intensive, as expected. As students move through the program, they will notice there is a need for some practical experience with a few free online programs that will be implemented in some of the courses.

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Eloquent writing usually tells a story, persuades readers or educates while entertaining. Technical writing is different. It’s a purely utilitarian product that instructs and informs. Despite these substantial differences, technical writing and non-technical writing are similar in that they both require extensive practice and plenty of editing. Keep the following best practices in mind as you refine your technical writing skills.

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By Jessalyn Johnson

English Major, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

GCU’s Speech and Debate Team is continuing to show its strengths, starting the 2017-18 academic year with a strong finish in their first tournament. The team came home from the Aztec Invitational with a top 8 finish. Under the leadership of new coach Michael Dvorak, the team is looking toward another successful season.

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

Sarah Robertson is an online professor in Grand Canyon University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Sarah earned her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2011 and is now educating students in the online classroom in courses centered on the art of teaching education.

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

Grand Canyon University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers many programs that will teach you important skills in a wide range of areas. From sociology to mathematics, there is a degree for almost any talent. If you are not sure where you fit or are still trying to decide on a field of study, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is a great place to begin your journey!

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