Gen Ed courses transcend disciplinary boundaries in a variety of ways, so the types of writing assignments that they include also often venture outside the traditional discipline-specific essays. Students may encounter a wide variety of writing assignments in Gen Ed, but most of them can be categorized into four general types:
- Traditional academic assignments include the short essays or research papers most commonly associated with college-level assignments.
- Less traditional academic assignments include elements of engagement in academia, like planning a hypothetical conference program, not normally encountered by undergraduates.
- Traditional non-academic assignments include types of written communication, like op-eds, that students are likely to encounter in real world situations.
- Less traditional non-academic assignments are those that push the boundaries of typical "writing" assignments and are likely to include some kind of creative or artistic component.