By: Madison Bosque
One of the most difficult things I’ve encountered as a student and writer is transitioning from scientific papers, which make up the majority of my academic writing, to humanities papers, which are sprinkled into my coursework every semester. There are major differences between each kind of writing, and I often write my humanities papers like a science paper should be written—cold, hard facts with no hook or transitions.
A big difference between science papers and humanities papers is the stage of prewriting and organization. In biology, chemistry, and other science classes, prewriting is often unnecessary and does not help with the final paper. You are often given an experiment to complete before dumping all the collected information into a paper and organizing it into clear, defined sections. These defined sections often don’t have transitions between them, and this structure can become habitual in your humanities papers as well.