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As the world continues to become more interconnected through technology, the need to communicate with people in different countries and from different cultures expands. In addition, the United States is becoming more multicultural than ever. People who can speak to and write for an audience of non-English speakers can find work in just about any field.

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By Brian Raftery
Faculty, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

This year marks the 65th anniversary of the publication of “Fahrenheit 451,” a powerful and influential dystopian novel that remains a staple of high school reading lists. Recently, HBO aired a new adaptation starring Michael B. Jordan. The novel’s enduring popularity can be attributed to the grim fact that many of its concerns and implicit warnings are relevant today.

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By Ashlyn Abramson
Student, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

If you have a genuine passion for writing and communicating with people, a Bachelor of Arts in English with an Emphasis in Professional Writing might be right for you, but what can you do with a degree in professional writing? What sorts of careers correlate with this field of study?

Here are a few you may not have thought of:

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By Lindsay Marquette
Student, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Professional writing is one of the most overlooked professions in America today. People think that writing is a bit of a joke, because when they hear that someone is a writer, they quickly make an assumption that writers do not make any money and that they just sit around toying with ideas for a novel.

This is very untrue; the writing world is full of new opportunities and judging by the quality of the average American’s use of grammar, we could use a few more professional writers in the workforce. If the idea of being a professional writer sounds at all interesting to you and you think you may have what it takes, keep reading, because I have three personality traits that I have observed throughout my college career that most professional writers possess.

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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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