Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Counseling and Human Services Degrees

For those interested in a helping profession, a degree in counseling or human services can lead to a rewarding and satisfying career as a counselor, therapist, social worker, or mediator in a variety of different settings. SuperScholar’s first ever Smart Choice ranking of the 25 top online schools for counseling and human services degree programs was designed to help you make a smart choice about where to invest in developing yourself to help others.

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The Value of an Online Degree in Counseling or Human Services

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, counselors are currently in high demand, with employment opportunities for licensed professional counselors predicted to grow at a faster than average rate. Despite being one of the most popular degree majors, job openings in counseling and human services currently exceed the number of students graduating from counseling degree programs. The opportunities in a few specific counseling specialties like substance abuse and behavioral disorders are expected to grow at at an even higher than average rate. In most cases, a master’s degree in counseling is required to become a licensed professional counselor, though some positions may be open to those with a bachelor’s degree only. The best counseling degree programs will prepare students to sit for the necessary licensing exams and provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in the field. Continue reading “Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Counseling and Human Services Degrees” »

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The 8 Best Business Movies of All Time

Movies about business tend to be of two kinds: inspirational stories of overcoming setbacks and struggles, and cautionary tales of corruption and failure. Of the two, there are a LOT more of the second. Let’s face it: stories about functional businesses – where management is practical and smart, employees are respected and valued, and customers are satisfied and loyal – don’t exactly deliver the drama that we want out of a movie.

That doesn’t mean a business-person can’t learn a lot from the movies, though – just that you can learn more about what not to do than what to do. After all, learning what to do is what business school is for. Learning what not to do is entertainment. With that in mind, here are our picks for the best business movies of all time.

1. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

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Film critics would argue that the first Wall Street – the one that launched a million careers in investment banking and brought “Greed is good” into our language – should be first on the list. No doubt, it’s a classic: Michael Douglas’ effortless cool and way of wearing a tailored suit shaped the look of the real Wall Street for over twenty years. In Wall Street (1987), Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) is so slick and compelling a con man that nearly everyone who saw the film forgot he was the villain; he robs and pillages without an ounce of conscience or compassion. But that’s exactly why the sequel is on this list.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, on the other hand, shows the human, social, and cultural cost of Gekko-style profiteering, as Gekko is released from prison with eight years of his life lost, tries in vain to warn Wall Street of impending disaster, and finds himself back in the game after the 2008 economic collapse, mopping up all the spilled money. The lure of fast, ill-gotten fortune briefly overcomes Gekko again, and nearly ends his relationship with his estranged daughter forever, but in the end what sticks with the audience is writer/director Oliver Stone’s vision of a world not just corrupted by greed, but devastated by it. But this time, Gordon Gekko is the voice of reason.

2. The Godfather (1972)

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The Godfather is a lot of things: family drama, gangster thriller, period piece, and the best advertisement for cannoli the cinema ever produced. It also invented the term “badda-bing,” for which Mafia wanna-bes will forever be grateful. But The Godfather is also an exemplary guide to business. We all know the pull-quotes: “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse;” “It’s business, not personal;” “Never tell anyone outside the family what you’re thinking;” “Don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family;” “He’s thinking of going to the mattresses.”

So, it’s probably not a good idea to send messages via horse-head in a legitimate business. But many of the other lessons of The Godfather are entirely applicable: knowing the difference between ambition and over-reaching, for instance; knowing who to trust; learning when to be loyal and when to jump a sinking ship; knowing your clientele and your product; getting your hands dirty without selling your soul; and, above all, leading wisely, boldly, and steadily. If Sonny had known these principles like Michael, the movie would have a very different ending. Maybe not as dramatic, but certainly less bloody.

3. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

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Sales is hard. There are plenty of movies, novels, and plays about just how hard, most famously Death of a Salesman, but nothing quite captures the rugged, outsized confidence of a successful salesman, or the pitiful desperation of a failed one, like David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. In Glengarry Glen Ross, a “motivator” from the head office visits a regional real estate office to deliver a message from management: the two lowest sales for the week will be fired.

Like Wall Street, Glengarry Glen Ross is mostly revered for the wrong reasons, particularly Alec Baldwin’s brief, profane, show-stopping monologue in the first act. True, it’s got some pretty good advice: “ABC – Always Be Closing,” he tells the salesmen. But it’s all predicated on a very bad business plan – pit everyone in the office against each other in a brutal, winner-take-all competition. Or, as Baldwin’s character puts it, “Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is, you’re fired.” This vicious mandate from management drives an already underhanded business with shaky ethics to outright corruption, as some of the salesmen bribe, threaten, and intimidate each other, and others plot a break-in and theft of the most valuable leads. It’s an important lesson for anyone who intends to own or manage a business – no-holds-barred competition may get results, but within a business, it’s toxic. An office that can’t cooperate will crumble.

4. Boiler Room (2000)

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Boiler Room is like the love child of Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross, a seductive look at the seediest side of Wall Street. At J.T. Marlin, a “pump and dump” firm that artificially inflates the stock prices of failing businesses, unscrupulous young brokers make a fortune hard-selling overpriced stocks to investors, knowing the businesses are already dead. And as with Wall Street and Glengarry Glen Ross, Boiler Room has become something of a cult classic, and unlikely business guide. With its cast of good-looking, ridiculously charismatic stars (the cream of 2000’s crop of young actors, including Ben Affleck, Giovanni Ribisi, and Vin Diesel in a role that nearly made him a serious star), Boiler Room makes this unethical world as romantic to the viewer as it is to Ribisi’s neophyte protagonist.

But like many business movies, Boiler Room is above all a cautionary tale of greed and corruption. Ribisi’ character, Seth Davis, has a crisis of conscience when his advice causes financial and personal ruin for an ordinary family man who is trying to buy a new house. But his Jiminy Cricket isn’t quite enough to change his mind about the firm until he’s caught by the FBI and offered an immunity deal. Boiler Room doesn’t show us what happens to the other brokers, but the paddy wagons and police cars don’t bode well. Another rule of business learned from the movie: fast money is probably dirty money.

5. The Social Network (2010)

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David Fincher’s The Social Network – written by hyperverbalist Aaron Sorkin – has been criticized for its historical inaccuracies and unflattering depiction of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. To which film lovers say, “So?” It’s the only film ever to make endless talk about programming, ownership percentages, and intellectual property look and sound like a thriller. Mark Zuckerberg may not be the socially-inept, heartless misogynist Jesse Eisenberg portrays, but, as the tagline reads, you don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies. Unfortunately, the enemies Zuckerberg makes,according to the film, are the friends who helped get him there.

The Social Network is not a guide to becoming a billionaire – the success of Facebook is presented as a combination of genius, luck, and ruthless opportunism. So maybe it is a guide to becoming a billionaire. But that success comes at a cost for Zuckerberg, as he is successfully sued by his former partner/best friend, and by the trust-fund frat boys who gave him the idea in the first place. Zuckerberg is left, in an instantly classic scene, alone at his computer, refreshing the page, hoping for a friend confirmation. For you business majors, lesson to be gained: don’t forget the ones who help you succeed, and don’t cheat those who are loyal to you.

6. Citizen Kane (1941)

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The greatest American film in history is also one of the best business films in history. A heavily fictionalized – more loosely inspired – biopic of William Randolph Hearst, writer, director, and star Orson Welles plays Charles Foster Kane, who rises from poverty (via the discovery of a gold mine on his family’s property) to enormous wealth and power. As a young newspaper tycoon, Kane has enough influence to scare up a war with Spain and almost elect himself governor. But from that height, of course, comes a fall. Not in wealth – he dies richer than ever – but in his humanity.

Welle’s portrayal of Kane is monumental – a man of raging ambitions, uncontrollable appetites, and insidious charm. Like Gordon Gekko, he’s one of the slimiest, yet most irresistably charismatic, protagonists in American film. And Welles uses every element of the medium, from the high-contrast, deep-focus cinematography to the music (“It can’t be love, because there is no true love”), to make Kane’s emotional and psychological devastation as relatable, pitiable, and plausible as possible. At a human level, Citizen Kane reminds business people to remember the people at home. All the wealth in the world can’t buy love.

7. The Apartment (1960)

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One of writer-director Billy Wilder’s incredible string of hits in the 50s and 60s, The Apartment was controversial in its day for its frank depiction of infidelity. Jack Lemmon (who makes this list twice as a star of Glengarry Glen Ross) plays C.C. Baxter, a lonely office worker for a New York insurance company. Weak-willed and unambitious, Baxter allows company executives to use his apartment for meetings with their mistresses, in return for good personnel reports. When the personnel director catches on to the scheme, he blackmails Baxter for exclusive apartment priveleges – with his mistress, Miss Kubelik, the object of Baxter’s affection.

Being a romantic comedy, love eventually wins out in The Apartment, but what sticks with viewers is the absurd humor and man-in-the-grey-flannel-suit-era office politics. Characters speak unironically in 50s corporate cliches, including attaching “-wise” to the end of any word to make it an adjective, and clearly it will be a long time before any of the characters learn the term “sexual harrassment.” But as a story of bosses who ask too much, and employees who give too much, The Apartment will stay relevant for a long, long time.

8. Office Space (1999)

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Office Space has a simple lesson for businesspeople: embezzlement is fun. Wait, that can’t be right. A flop when it was first released (writer-director Mike Judge complained that it was poorly marketed), video and DVD made it a cult classic among IT workers and other frustrated rank-and-file office drones. This dark comedy tapped into a deep well of resentment at the heart of the 90s tech-powered economic boom – all of those young professionals who did everything “right” (going to college, choosing a practical, stable job, working hard) and found themselves trapped in cubicles with managers who had no idea how to motivate them or even what they did.

Think of it as Dilbert with guts. Three computer programmers, inspired by the silly plot of Superman III, hatch a scheme to embezzle fractions of a cent from each transaction the company makes, building a fortune slowly enough that the company will never notice. A misplaced decimal point gets them hundreds of thousands in a few hours. But it’s not the story that captured the movie’s fans so much as the many scenes of wish-fulfillment – speaking your mind to the boss, goofing off with impunity, and (most vividly and memorably) taking a baseball bat to a chronically malfunctioning printer. Let Office Space stand as a warning to managers: taking the time to get to know your employees, learn their jobs and skills, and communicate with them about their needs, will make a happier, more productive, and less-likely-to-be-burned-down workplace.

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Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Healthcare Administration Degrees

The need for skilled healthcare administrators and managers has never been greater, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the future job prospects for graduates of top BHA and MHA programs is expected to be excellent. In other words, there is no better time than now to seriously consider a degree in healthcare administration. That’s why we’ve put together our first ever Smart Choice ranking of the best schools for online healthcare administration programs. Continue reading “Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Healthcare Administration Degrees” »

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Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Communication and Public Relations Degrees

The emergence of multiple new media platforms like blogs, social networks, and mobile applications has created a more global and interconnected marketplace that demands people fluent in the latest communication technologies and PR techniques. That’s why we’ve put together our first ever Smart Choice ranking of top online schools for communication and public relations degree programs. Continue reading “Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Communication and Public Relations Degrees” »

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Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Criminal Justice Degrees

top online criminal justice schoolsCriminal justice is a dynamic field that encompasses several different possible career paths, but those who enter it typically share a desire to fight crime and keep their communities safe from harm. Whether you are looking to earn and associates in criminal justice online, an online bachelor in criminal justice, or an online masters in criminal justice, our Smart Choice ranking of schools with online Criminal Justice degree programs will help you make a smart choice about which program is right for you. Continue reading “Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Criminal Justice Degrees” »

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Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Bachelors in Business Administration Degrees

Whether seeking to break into a successful business career or secure their place in a top MBA degree program, more students are pursuing undergraduate business degrees online than ever before. We’ve published our first ever Smart Choice ranking of online bachelor’s in business and business administration degree programs to meet the growing demand for an objective, unbiased evaluation of the best online business programs available to prospective students today. Continue reading “Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Bachelors in Business Administration Degrees” »

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Top 25 Smart Choice Schools for Online Psychology Degrees

SuperScholar’s first ever Smart Choice ranking of the best schools for online psychology degrees will help you make a smart choice about where to pursue your online education in psychology. If you’re looking to complete a degree in psychology online, you won’t find a more comprehensive or objective online psychology ranking anywhere. Our ranking includes top online psychology schools offering online bachelor’s degrees in psychology, master’s degrees in psychology online, and online psychology doctoral programs.

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The Value of an Online Psychology Degree

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job market for careers in psychology will grow at a faster than average rate. This is good news for those interested in earning a degree in psychology online. Students graduating with a degree in psychology have a variety of different careers they can pursue. Among the fastest growing career positions in psychology are school psychologist, clinical psychologist, industrial/organizational psychologist, genetics counselor, forensic psychologist, career counselor, sports psychologist, and engineering psychologists. All of these positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in psychology or behavioral science, with most positions requiring a master’s degree in psychology or higher.

The Advantages of Pursuing a Psychology Degree Online

For those with significant commitments to work or family who wish to earn a degree in psychology, an online psychology degree program can make a lot of sense. Most degrees in psychology online are designed with working adults in mind, allowing far more flexibility than a traditional degree program and eliminating the need to move or travel to campus for class. Students pursuing their psychology degree online can complete their coursework and other assignments at the time that is most convenient for them and from any location with an internet connection. Most of the best online psychology schools allow students to complete any required internships or practicums in their hometown.

How We Selected the Smart Choice Schools for Online Psychology Degrees

SuperScholar’s Smart Choice online psychology rankings are based on several factors. To begin with, only regionally accredited colleges and universities listed in the National Center for Education Statistics database and offering online bachelor’s or online master’s degrees in psychology were considered. Qualifying schools were then evaluated based on publicly available data related to market reputation, program selection, academic quality, student satisfaction, and cost. The resulting list represents the top twenty-five schools offering online psychology degrees we could find, and a great place to begin your search for the online psychology school that is right for you.

#1. Southern New Hampshire University

Southern New Hampshire University is a private university Manchester, NH, founded in 1932. SNHU has been ranked by US News and World Report as a top regional university, and its online programs have been recognized for their quality and affordability in a number of publications. SNHU deserves serious consideration by anyone looking for a degree in psychology online.

Programs: SNHU offers online bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychology with concentrations in Child and Adolescent, Forensic Psychology, Mental Health and more. One of the leading provider of online psychology degrees, all programs can be completed entirely online at a reasonable cost.

Accreditation: SNHU is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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#3. Capella University

Capella University is a for-profit online university owned by the Capella Education Company and based in Minneapolis, MN. Originally founded in 1991 to provide education for underserved adult learners, Cappella became an online university in 1996 and now serves over 37,000 students at any give time. Capella has been ranked as a top online school, and one of the bet colleges in the US. Whether you’re in the market for an online bachelor’s degree in psychology or looking to do a Phd in psychology online, Capella has programs for your consideration.

Programs: Capella University offers accredited online Bachelor’s, Master’s and PsyD degrees in Psychology. The Bachelor of Science in General Psychology can prepare a student for specialization in a master’s program, or for employment in a field that benefits from psychological knowledge. The Master of Science in Psychology offers thirteen potential concentrations, from Child and Adolescent to Sports Psychology. The Doctorate in Psychology (PsyD) provides students with the knowledge they need to pursue instruction positions in higher education, or leadership in research institutions.

Accreditation: Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

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#4. Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is the first private, for-profit Christian university located in Phoenix, AZ. Originally founded by Arizona Southern Baptists in 1949, as a school that would provide Baptist education to students in Arizona, financial difficulties led to its sale in 2004 to Significant Education, LLC. Since its switch to for-profit education, Grand Canyon has expanded its reach and improved its reputation, leading to acclaim from Forbes magazine. It’s one of the few online schools for psychology with both online undergraduate degrees in psychology and online psychology graduate programs.

Programs: Grand Canyon University Online offers an accredited online Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology as well as an online psychology degree Masters and online psychology doctoral programs. The bachelor’s degree is 120 credit-hour program that prepares students to understand human behavior, forge relationships, and obtain employment in institutions that people in need. As a Christian university, Grand Canyon encourages its students to apply their faith to all aspects of the professional and personal life, and teaching psychology students to integrate their faith into their psychological practice.

Accreditation: Grand Canyon University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

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#5. Liberty University

Founded by Rev. Jerry Falwell, Liberty University is a private Christian university located in Lynchburg, VA. As the largest evangelical Christian university, Liberty combines well-respected online education programs with an explicitly Christian worldview. It is one of the few online psychology schools offering an accredited online associates in psychology.

Programs: Liberty University offers an accredited online Associate of Arts in Psychology and an online Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. The bachelor’s program requires 45 credit hours in the major field beyond the core curriculum, and can prepare students for employment in child development centers, group homes, addiction treatment centers, and Christian counseling. Liberty’s program is designed to instruct students in understanding and influencing human behavior in ways that glorify God.

Accreditation: Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS-COC).

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#6. Arizona State University (ASU Online)

Arizona State University, founded in 1885, is spread over four campuses around the greater Phoenix metropolitan area, but they are one institution. Recent advances in several areas have led to ASU’s reputation as an up-and-coming university and higher rankings across the board. Not only one of the best online psychology programs we could find, but one of the most affordable as well.

Programs: ASU Online offers an accredited online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. This program is part of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and emphasizes critical thinking, methodological flexibility, and diversity. Students learn to approach the mind from artistic as well as scientific perspectives, and communication is foregrounded.

Accreditation: Arizona State University(ASU) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).

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#7. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (or the Chicago School for short) is the largest non-profit graduate school dedicated to psychology. Founded in 1979 by the nonprofit Midwestern Psychology Development Foundation, the Chicago School gained a reputation for its dedication to diversity and multiculturalism. The Chicago School has campuses not only in Chicago, but also on the East and West coasts, and offers a number of online psychology graduate programs as well.

Programs: The Chicago School offers an online Master of Arts in Psychology degree in several concentrations, including Sports and Exercise, Gerontology, Generalist, Child and Adolescent, International, Organizational Leadership, and BSBA Foundation. Most of these program concentrations can be completed in two years part-time, or in an 11-month accelerated format. Online courses at the Chicago School combine online learning with a virtual residency program, though some programs are blended online/live combinations.

Accreditation: The Chicago campus is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

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#8. Drexel University

Drexel University is a private research university founded in 1891 by financier and philanthropist Anthony J. Drexel, in Philadelphia PA. Drexel is known for its cooperative education program, possibly the best in the nation, with a broad range of corporate partners. Students at Drexel follow a unique 5-year track that includes 18 months of real internship, giving them an exceptional degree of experience and a wide network of contacts upon graduation. Drexel students completing their degree in psychology online will benefit from the same faculty and academic rigor as on-campus students.

Programs: Drexel University offers an accredited online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. This totally online program prepares students for future graduate education, or for employment in business, law, forensics, counseling, or other professions that benefit from psychological knowledge. Online students get the same instruction as real-world students, and benefit from a mix of research and practical application.

Accreditation: Drexel University is accredited by MSCHE (Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools).

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#9. Robert Morris University

Robert Morris University is a private, co-ed university located in Moon Township, a suburb of Pittsburg, PA. (This institution is unrelated to Robert Morris University in Illinois, named for the same historical figure.) Named for the financier of the American Revolution, RMU has resided in a number of interesting locations, including the William Penn Hotel, the Rust Engineering Building, and the mansion of Oliver Kaufmann. A number of its programs now reside on the internet, allowing students to earn a degree in psychology online.

Programs: RMU offers an accredited online Bachelor of Science in Psychology. This 120 credit-hour program includes a required minor and prepares students to apply practical psychological understanding to business and everyday life. Students will learn critical thinking and decision-making skills, conduct research, and practice professional writing.

Accreditation: Robert Morris University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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#10. Penn State World Campus

Founded in 1855, Penn State is highly regarded “public ivy” (a public university fit to compete with the Ivy League). Today Penn State is one of the largest public universities in the nation due to its many campuses and robust online program. Beginning with mail programs in 1898, Penn State was a forerunner in distance-learning. The Penn State World Campus (PSWC), Penn State’s online-learning program, launched in 1998 and now offers over 70 degrees from associates’ to bachelors’. PSWC is our choice for this year’s top online psychology school.

Programs: Penn State World Campus offers two accredited online psychology degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Each of these degrees gives students a different focus. The BA in Psychology gives a broad, well-rounded education in humanities, social sciences, and science, while the BS in Psychology prepares students for more practical applications in business and management. These 123-credit hour programs can be completed completely online, and help students find entry into social work, public relations, and other professions in which people work with people.

Accreditation: The Pennsylvania State University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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#11. Colorado State University (CSU Online)

Colorado State University is a public land-grant research university in Fort Collins, Colorado. The university was founded in 1870, six years before Colorado even became a state, and was originally an agricultural college. Many of CSU’s graduate programs rank in the top 100 in their areas by US News and World Report, and CSU online offers a number of highly respected programs, including a unique masters degree in psychology online.

Programs: CSU Online offers an unusual Master of Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology. This 38-credit hour program prepares students for practical application of psychological research and findings in the business world. Students will learn to recruit employees, manage development programs, survey employee satisfaction, and other real-world business functions that benefit from psychological research. This program emphasizes quantitative research and requires coursework in statistics and mathematics.

Accreditation: Colorado State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

#12. University of the Southwest

Founded in 1956, the University of the Southwest is a private, Christian university in Hobbs, New Mexico. Originally Baptist, the university is now inter-denominational, with an explicitly Christ-centered approach to higher education. Highly ranked as a regional university by US News and World Report, the University of the Southwest has a growing online distance learning program that includes a bachelor’s in psychology online.

Programs: The University of the Southwest offers an accredited Bachelor of Science in Psychology with four potential concentrations: Applied, Forensic, General, and Religion. The psychology degree prepares students for practical application of psychological principles in business, education, and other fields with research, analysis, and effective professional writing.

Accreditation: University of the Southwest is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#13. University of Massachusetts (UMassOnline)

The University of Massachusetts, founded in 1863 in Amhert, MA, is the largest and one of the most respected public research universities in New England. UMassOnline has earned numerous accolades for its distance degree programs, and has earned its spot as one of the top 5 online schools for psychology degree programs.

Programs: UMass Online offers an accredited online Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. This is a four-year programs of 120 total credit hours, with 36-45 credits specializing in psychology. The program offers a theoretical grounding in all forms of psychology, with a special emphasis on application. The program can be taken completely online, or in a blended online/live format.

Accreditation: The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

#14. Upper Iowa University

Upper Iowa University is a small, private university in rural northwest Iowa. Founded in 1857, UIU expands its small residential student body with large distance learning, online programs, independent studies, and branches in Asia. This arrangement allows UIU a very favorable student to instructor ratio, and 8-week terms allow students to double their coursework, helping the school to a top-10 spot in our online psychology ranking.

Programs: UIU offers an accredited online Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. This full 120 credit-hour program prepares students for fields such as business, education, human services, and law, with 36 credit hours of major courses. Students will graduate with a grounding in psychological research and knowledge and may pursue graduate education in clinical psychology, counseling, and other psychological concentrations.

Accreditation: Upper Iowa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association

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#15. Bellevue University

Bellevue University is a private university located in Bellevue, Nebraska. Founded in 1965, Bellevue was intended to provide an educational option for the growing city, Offutt Air Force Base, and students who could not travel to the University of Omaha. It has since developed into a comprehensive university with a top ranked online degree division offering an outstanding bachelor’s degree in psychology online.

Programs: Bellevue University offers an accredited online Bachelor of Science in Psychology. This program requires 36 major-field credit hours beyond the core curriculum, and prepares students for graduate study, or for employment in human services and counseling. Students will perform empirical research and may have the opportunity to report their findings at conferences sponsored by the Nebraska Psychological Society, the Nebraska Psychological Association, and regional organizations.

Accreditation: Bellevue University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#16. Saint Leo University

A Catholic university founded in 1889, Saint Leo was the first Catholic institution in Florida, and today operates as a highly-ranked liberal arts university, with a grounding in Benedictine education. Recognized as a top-ten provider of military education, and a leader in online learning, having begun its Center for Online Learning in 1999, Saint Leo has a reputation much larger than its small size would suggest. The school’s bachelor degree in psychology online deserves serious consideration by students looking for a distance learning psychology degree.

Programs: Saint Leo University offers an accredited online Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. This 120 credit-hour program provides a broad, well-rounded foundation in psychology theory and practice to prepare students for further graduate study, or for employment in fields such as human services and mental health. Students may, but are not required to, take part in field research or internships.

Accreditation: Saint Leo University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#17. University of the Incarnate Word

Located in San Antonio, Texas, The University of the Incarnate Word is a private Catholic university founded in 1881 by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. UIW, the largest Catholic university in Texas, remains committed to its educational mission with campus extensions in China and Mexico, 93 sister schools throughout the world, and an unparalleled study-abroad program. The UIW Virtual University has earned top national rankings for its online degree programs, which include an online bachelor in psychology.

Programs: UIW offers an accredited online Bachelor of Science in psychology. This 120 credit-hour program offers students a strong theoretical and scientific foundation, with a convenient online format. Students who are interested in applying psychological knowledge to the workplace and management may do a concentration in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

Accreditation: The University of the Incarnate Word is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#18. Ottawa University

Ottawa University is a private, non-profit liberal arts university located in Ottawa, Kansas. Originally founded by the American Baptist Church in 1865 to provide education for the dislocated Ottowa Indians, Ottowa University has adult education campuses in several locations in Kansas and still offers tuition-free undergraduate education for members of the Ottowa Tribe. It’s respected and growing online campus offers a number of excellent online degree programs, including a uniquely values-based online psychology program.

Programs: Ottawa University offers an accredited Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. This 128 credit-hour program is designed to give students a well-rounded liberal arts education and expertise in the discipline of psychology, learning all aspects of human behavior, from physiological to emotional. The combination of psychology and liberal arts emphasizes ethics, self-awareness, and empathy.

Accreditation: Ottawa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#19. Ohio Christian University

Ohio Christian University is a private Christian university in Circleville, OH. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ in Christian Union, the university was founded in 1948 as a Bible college for the Churches of Christ. This small university offers numerous degrees in professional fields, including a religiously oriented online bachelor’s in psychology.

Programs: Ohio Christian offers an accredited online Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. This program requires 55 credit hours beyond the Associate’s degree, and prepares students for conducting research and counseling from a Biblical perspective. Designed for working adults, the program is flexible to work around the needs of family and career.

Accreditation: Ohio Christian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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#20. Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University is a private, coeducational university located in the South of Market district of San Francisco. Founded in 1901, Golden Gate emerged from reading groups at the San Francisco YMCA to provide a college education to underserved young men and today educates professional students in law, business, and accounting. It has since grown into a comprehensive university with a growing number of internet-based degrees, including a masters degree in psychology online.

Programs: Golden Gate offers an accredited online Master of Arts degree in Psychology with concentrations in marriage and family therapy and counseling or industrial/organizational psychology. This program is designed to provide students with professional skills as counselors, therapists, mediators, and business consultants.

Accreditation: Golden Gate University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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#21. Post University

Post University is a private, for-profit university based in Waterbury, Connecticut, offering full-time and online degrees. Originally founded in 1890 as Post College, Post University offers a number of distance degree programs, including a bachelor’s degree in psychology online.

Programs: Post University offers an accredited online Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with the potential for a minor in Forensic Psychology. The 8-week, six-term Post format allows full-time students to complete their degree in an accelerated format, but part-time students taking one course at a time can finish in seven years. The skills in human behavior and problem solving obtained can be used for entry-level employment in a number of business and social service fields.

Accreditation: Post University is also accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

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#23. University of the Rockies

University of the Rockies is a private, for-profit graduate school located in Denver, CO. Originally founded in 1998 as a psychology school, the university was acquired by Bridgeport Education in 2007 and now offers several online psychology graduate programs – Master of Arts in Human Services, Master of Arts in Organizational Development and Leadership, and Master of Arts in Psychology – as well as a rare online doctorate in psychology program. Few schools offer more options for looking for an online psychology graduate degree. Note that certain degree programs may not be available in all states.

Programs: The University of the Rockies offers an accredited online Master of Arts in Psychology and an online Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). The Master of Arts program offers sixteen specialties, while the PsyD program offers fourteen possible concentrations, including Business Psychology, Criminology, Non-Profit Management, and Sports Psychology. The MA requires 39 credit hours. Both prepare students to use psychological understanding in a business setting, and give students the background necessary to take on management and executive positions. For more information about on-time completion rates, the median debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit www.rockiesdisclosures.com.

Accreditation: University of the Rockies is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (www.ncahlc.org).

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#24. University of Phoenix

The University of Phoenix was founded by John Sperling in 1976 to cater to working adults who wish to have access to higher education. It provides its educational programs through various campuses and learning centers located in at least forty (40) states and several foreign countries. It also uses the online portal to offer online programs to students worldwide while providing access to important resources such as an electronic library, textbooks, learning materials and software required for the assigned coursework. Easily one of the most well known and identifiable online schools for psychology degrees.

Programs: The University of Phoenix offers accredited online Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Psychology. The BS and MS online psychology programs emphasize general rather than clinical psychology, making them useful for students who wish to use their psychological knowledge to pursue employment in business, marketing, and human resources. Both provide a foundation for further graduate education, but not for clinical licensure.

Accreditation:University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission, ncahlc.org.

UPDATE: A school that made the top 25 asked to be removed from the list. Now we only have 24.

 

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6 Great Poets with Ordinary Jobs

Most people who know poetry know that only a handful of lucky people make a living from writing and publishing it. That was the case even when poetry was widely read; it’s more so the case now, when very few people buy or read poetry.

Now, most poets have writing or literary-related jobs; they are teachers, professors, scholars, editors, publishers, or journalists. Some, if they are well-known and engaging performers, can eventually make a living giving public readings and lectures, or even appearing on television and in documentaries.

But not all poets are cut out for the glamour of the college lecture circuit and PBS. Some prefer the security of a stable, conventional job, writing poetry in their free time. And some of these ordinary people were also great, influential, and timeless poets.

Charles Bukowski: Letter Filing Clerk

It’s probably inevitable that a figure like Bukowski – whose poems romanticized the lives of down-and-out drunks, creeps, and lowlifes – would have a hard time keeping a job. Between his incendiary verse, his uncontrolled alcoholism, and his pugnacious personality, Bukowski could very well be called unemployable. Most of his adult life he spent bumming around the country, working odd jobs, and drinking, until middle age, a bleeding ulcer, and a divorce sent him into writing poetry, and he got a steady job to support himself.

That job: letter filing clerk in a Los Angeles post office. For all the possible jokes about “going postal,” much of Bukowski’s work transmutes simmering rage and self-loathing into bursts of disturbing, vulgar, life-affirming beauty. The tedium of filing letters must have given him plenty of time to stew and ruminate; in fact, only a month after publisher John Martin convinced Bukowski to quit the post office (his longest-term job, over ten years), he published his first novel, not coincidentally titled Post Office. He spent the rest of his life detailing his drunks, his romantic entanglements, and his fury into poetry and novels, but none of it would have been possible without the US Postal Service.

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Charles Bukowski on Wikipedia
Charles Bukowski homepage

Robert Burns: Tax Collector

Like his father, Robert Burns was born a tenant farmer. Unlike his father, however, Burns had a smattering of education, a talent for writing faux-traditional ballads, and a lot of ambition. So, when his Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect was published in 1786, Burns set off for the big city of Edinburgh. (There was also the matter of three illegitimate children born within a year to two different mothers, but that’s neither here nor there.)

For a year or so, Burns was the toast of the Edinburgh literary scene; but while local literary celebrity may have been enough to get him invitations to exclusive clubs, free drinks, and plenty of female company (all of Burns’ favorite things), sales of his book were not enough to make a living. So, with children to support and a respectable reputation as Scotland’s greatest living bard, Burns took a more stable position: tax collector. Even while he was being hailed as the national poet of Scotland, Burns spent his days in one of the most detested jobs in history – a situation that some argued led to his premature death at 37.

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Robert Burns on Wikipedia
Robert Burns homepage

Frank O’Hara: Museum Curator

Frank O’Hara’s job wasn’t exactly boring; as an assistant curator of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, he had a key role in setting the canon for modern art. By convincing the museum to buy works by his friends – Larry Rivers, Bunny Lang, and Jackson Pollock, among others – O’Hara’s taste and influence helped ensure that abstract expressionism and conceptual art were treated as historically significant and enshrined in the art establishment.

But if it wasn’t boring, it was still ordinary. O’Hara walked to work every day, answered phone calls, begged donors for money, and snuck out on over-long lunch breaks (where he often wrote his poetry). For the most part, O’Hara was not known as a poet at all in his lifetime; among the hip his small, surprising books, like Oranges: Twelve Pastorals and Lunch Poems, were recognized as sharp, offhand amusements, but not groundbreaking. He himself treated his poems as amusements, writing at the spur of the moment and throwing collections together for friends’ books or his own. Some of his finest work was in letters to friends, never intended for publication. But since his death, O’Hara’s spontaneous poetry has been recognized as some of the most exciting, most influential of the century.

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Frank O’Hara on Wikipedia
Frank O’Hara homepage

Wallace Stevens: Insurance Lawyer

Wallace Stevens’ poetry is some of the most intellectually challenging, boldly imaginative poetry of his generation. Older than most of his fellow Modernists, Stevens didn’t even begin publishing poetry until his late 30s, and most of his great works occurred late in middle and old age. That poetry deals with the role of the imagination in shaping reality, what Stevens called the Supreme Fiction, and with his witty, erudite voice Stevens made a dense, curious body of work.

He probably took so long to get started in poetry because of his job – insurance law. It’s probably no coincidence that his first poem was published in 1914 – the same year he became a vice-president in the Equitable Surety Company (oh, the romance!). Getting a law degree and working into a high position in a company certainly takes time. And it certainly takes a powerful imagination for an insurance lawyer to avoid losing his mind.

For more information:

Wallace Stevens on Wikipedia
Wallace Stevens at Poets.org

Walt Whitman: Government Clerk

Walt Whitman, the most epic, fearless, and innovative poet America has ever seen, had a lot of jobs: journalist, pressman, and teacher, among others. He was a bit of a jack-of-all-trades, as evidenced by his fascination with occupations in many Leaves of Grass poems. But his most successful and longest-term job was probably the most boring job possible: low-level federal bureaucrat.

Whitman had a hard time keeping work because of his scandalous Leaves of Grass poems, with their frank, pan-sexual eroticism. But a letter of recommendation from Ralph Waldo Emerson (whose praise Whitman included on the first edition of Leaves) helped Whitman get a job as a clerk, first with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, then the Attorney General’s office. These less-than-ideal jobs helped stabilize Whitman so he could pursue what he considered more important: volunteering as a nurse for wounded Union soldiers.

For more information:

Walt Whitman on Wikipedia
The Walt Whitman Archive

William Carlos Williams: Doctor

One of the early Imagist poets, along with his college friends Ezra Pound and Hilda Doolittle (H.D.), William Carlos Williams is best known for his stark, plain-spoken poems like “The Red Wheel Barrow” and “To Elsie.” Williams belief that the American dialect is an inherently poetic language goes hand in hand with his poetic subjects, which are drawn from everyday life in its minutia. Such is the subject of Paterson, his epic-length observational poem on life in Paterson, New Jersey.

He had plenty of time to observe everyday life as a pediatrician and family doctor in Rutherford, NJ. Making house calls to the country and seeing every kind of individual Rutherford had to offer, Williams steeped his poetry in the drama of real life. “The Red Wheel Barrow,” his best-known poem, was famously inspired by an actual wheelbarrow, glimpsed out the window of a dying patient’s bedroom. Arguing that poetry should be “real, not realism, but reality itself,” Williams may not have been the poet he was without his “ordinary” job.

For more information:

William Carlos Williams on Wikipedia
William Carlos Williams on Poets.org

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Top 25 Smart Choice Online Computer Science Schools and IT Degrees

If it weren’t for people who had dedicated their careers to understanding the intricacies of computer science and the possibilities of information technology, you wouldn’t be reading this right now! To help those looking to to move into or up in this challenging and lucrative field, we’ve put together a Smart Choice ranking of the top online computer science schools and information technology (IT) degree programs.

Featured IT Programs

The Value of a Computer Science or Information Technology (IT) Degree

As the world continues to become increasingly dependent on computers and the internet, the demand for graduates of top computer science and information technology degree programs will continue to grow. The career possibilities in computer science and information technology are numerous and extremely diverse. Almost every conceivable business or enterprise requires people skilled in these areas. In most cases, an accredited bachelor’s degree in computer science or information technology is required for entry into these positions, and an accredited master’s degree for advancement into positions of leadership or management. Continue reading “Top 25 Smart Choice Online Computer Science Schools and IT Degrees” »

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Top 25 Schools for Online Education Administration and Leadership Degrees

At SuperScholar we believe strongly in the value of leadership in education. Few people will have a greater impact on the future of our society than those responsible for leading and administrating our educational institutions. It’s vitally important that these leaders are well prepared and properly trained for such a demanding and important task. That’s why we’ve put together our first annual Smart Choice ranking of online Education Administration and Leadership degree programs.

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The Value of a Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership

Due to the diversity of jobs, tasks and responsibilities involved in being an education administrator, there are many different paths and experiences that lead people into the position. The vast majority of education administrators begin their careers as teachers and then move into an administrative role after completing a master’s or doctoral degree in education administration or education leadership. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a master’s degree is a prerequisite for most positions in education administration beyond the preschool level.

The Advantages of an Online Degree in Education Administration and Education Leadership

The constraints of time, family commitments, and work often make it difficult for aspiring education administrators to complete a traditional graduate degree program. Most online degree programs in education administration and education leadership are designed with just such people in mind. Students are able to complete their classes and assignments at a time that is convenient for them, and from anywhere with an internet connection. This allows students in online education administration programs to maintain their commitment to family and work while completing their degree. Continue reading “Top 25 Schools for Online Education Administration and Leadership Degrees” »

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