When I took calculus at my state university, I felt like the purpose of class was to help the students become engineers. Application and problem solving was heavily emphasized, and proofs/complex derivations were usually taught at the end of a section. Now, at my current college, I feel like the math classes are trying to make students into mathematicians; my linear algebra class is almost entirely proof/derivations with zero application. Personally, I prefer learning about application first, getting a feel for how whatever it is functions, then learning the formal proof.
I'm getting pretty annoyed with this, as I'm not remotely enjoying the classes anymore. I think I'll be changing to an English minor. Are other colleges exclusively theoretical like this?