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Poll: Students reveal the best music to study to

If you crank up the tunes when doing your homework, you aren’t alone. A recent informal poll on the University of Phoenix Facebook® page shows that aficionados of listening to music while studying outweigh those seeking silence by a 10-to-1 ratio.

Why are superhero movies so popular?

Look, up on the screen! It’s a comedy, it’s a drama — no, it’s a superhero movie!

Men and women in costumes and masks are increasingly common in movies, as superhero films have exploded in popularity. Since 2000, when “X-Men” was ...

Finding inspiration on “Roadtrip Nation”

Olivia Zanfardino, a student in the business management program at University of Phoenix, quit her job, put her studies on hold and packed her bags last summer to take part in the PBS reality TV show “Roadtrip Nation.” For seven weeks, she traveled the country, interviewing everyone from an accountant who started a cold-pressed juice bar to an Internet entrepreneur ...

7 jobs for communication majors

With the number of traditional media jobs shrinking, communication graduates often must cast a wider net to find employment, says Victor Evans, PhD, an online instructor in the communication program for University of Phoenix.

“I’ve done a little bit of everything, including PR [public relations],” ...

How has life changed for black Americans?

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination along racial, ethnic and religious lines, and crippled unfair voting registration mandates and racial segregation in schools and public places. Some historians consider it a key achievement of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists of the time....

What can you do with an English degree?

Prospective employees who hold English degrees are in demand in a growing number of businesses and occupations, according to a July article on recent hiring trends.

The study of literature and the nuances of the language help English majors ...

Should you listen to music while studying?

You’re cramming for an exam or finishing a paper that’s due tomorrow while listening to music.

It may be more pleasant to study with the Beatles or Cozy Danger keeping you company, and plenty has been written about how listening to music stimulates ...

Student puts life on hold for “Roadtrip Nation”

When Olivia Zanfardino was selected this year from a pool of 2,300 applicants to appear in the next season of “Roadtrip Nation” on PBS, she knew she had the opportunity of a lifetime. So she quit her manufacturing job, put her studies in the business management program at University of Phoenix on hold and packed her bags....

5 reasons to get a degree in humanities

If you love reading English literature or are fascinated by Greek philosophy, don’t drop the subjects because you think they won’t help you land a job.

Instead, consider pursuing a degree in humanities.

Is texting bad for kids’ communications skills?

OMG! Can u BLV it? Txting ur BFF during class is bad 4 u!


If you have a teen or preteen in your household, you probably know that kids ...

Close Calls: A history of tight presidential races

If you think your vote doesn’t matter when it comes to electing the next president, think again. Several elections for U.S. presidents in modern history have come down to the wire, according to political historians.

To understand why just one vote can make a difference in close races, it’s ...

5 epic presidential campaign gaffes

A politician walks into a salon and gets a $400 haircut. And that’s it. There’s no punch line because this isn’t a joke; it actually happened during John Edwards’ presidential campaign in 2007. The costs of his haircuts became public, and a political embarrassment was born.

Is online dating dying?

Online dating is an integral part of contemporary culture — sitcoms refer to it to grab laughs, and commercials for online dating sites populate the airwaves. Some recent studies, however, indicate that singles are frustrated with online dating and are looking for alternatives.

Just shut up: 5 celeb meltdowns on Twitter

Remember the old saying, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all"? It's still true. Take Twitter®: In the past year, we've seen multiple celebrity meltdowns on the popular social media site.

We chatted with Lorinzo Foxworth, an organizational behavioral specialist ...

How the arts can improve SAT scores

Albert Einstein, who developed the Theory of Relativity, also played the violin. Leonardo da Vinci, an engineer and inventor, painted the “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper.”  These geniuses utilized art to exercise their scientific minds and, by doing so, they aced the test — the test of time.

5 black Americans who made history (and why it’s a darn shame you’ve never heard of them)

Ask any American history expert to name five important black Americans who haven’t made it into most textbooks, and you’ll get similar answers. “Oh my gosh! I could name a million and one!” exclaims Ketwana Schoos, who is a University of Phoenix faculty member in the College of Humanities and Sciences and associate director of the Multicultural Success Center at ...

Is Lady Gaga good for girls?

Pumped up bustlines, lips and derrieres, excessive use of Botox, skintight clothing and hypersexual behavior have become the norm when it comes to women in entertainment — and experts say these portrayals can have a negative impact on the mental health of young women.

How has the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. impacted our lives?

Every third Monday of January, the nation takes time to pay observance to civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oftentimes, that involves discussion of King’s accomplishments and impact on the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. But as time progresses, many social scientists say it is critical to analyze and appreciate King’s ongoing legacy....