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Old 10-02-2013, 05:04 PM
 
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Why is it that in college practically all homework assignments consists in writing papers? Why do they stress this so much?
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Old 10-02-2013, 05:30 PM
 
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That was not my experience!
I probably was not in your major. What is it?

But... I did have to write two lab reports a week. Would you prefer that?
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Old 10-02-2013, 07:29 PM
 
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homework assignments consist of writing papers? Why do they stress this so much?

Because your written expression needs work.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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Why is it that in college practically all homework assignments consists in writing papers? Why do they stress this so much?
I didn't have to write many papers. What kind of classes are you taking, and what kind of school are you in? Take a wider variety of courses: foreign languages, science, music/arts, history, anthropology. You won't have to do papers in those classes.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:27 PM
 
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Take a wider variety of courses: foreign languages, [b]science, music/arts, history, anthropology. You won't have to do papers in those classes.
Actually, I know for a fact that you do in the subjects I bolded....
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:33 PM
 
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Actually, I know for a fact that you do in the subjects I bolded....
Not in music performance classes and applied art. Many history and anthro courses don't require papers. It depends on the professor.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:59 PM
 
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Not in music performance classes and applied art. Many history and anthro courses don't require papers. It depends on the professor.
musicology is heavy on papers as are some general purpose intro classes

there was an intro level course that was wildly popular at my alma mater due to the instructor, the topic and the fact it could be used to fulfill a general education requirement. it was almost entirely papers including a final term paper

you're correct on performance classes but those are unlikely to fulfill any general education requirements at most schools

/source: BA in music

to OP the reason is that the ability to write well is an extremely valuable skill in almost any role that requires a college degree to work in
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:06 AM
 
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If you major in something that requires a lot of writing...like English or History...one of your main selling points in the job market is that you can read carefully and write clearly.
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:17 AM
 
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Why is it that in college practically all homework assignments consists in writing papers? Why do they stress this so much?

What would you like them to stress? If you'd rather do problem work, take more chemistry, statistics, etc. If you're going to take liberal art majors, you're going to write your answers. What else would you propose?
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Old 10-03-2013, 07:20 AM
 
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In every chemistry course that I teach other than general chemistry I have my students write at least a ten page paper and give at least a 20 minute presentation. There really isn't an academic discipline where bad writing skills are not a hindrance.
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