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Culture, Art, and Technology

Academic Programs


The Culture, Art, and Technology Program at Sixth College offers students rich and varied scholarly opportunities centered on exploring and interrogating the intersection of culture, art, and technology. From the origins of civilization to the history of Hollywood and the future of the environment, students in CAT engage with big questions about where we’ve come from, who we are, and where we are going. We aim to teach students to think critically and creatively, while also preparing them for success in college and the world beyond.

Each quarter we offer a selection of interdisciplinary writing courses, which take a variety of approaches to thinking about the intersection of culture, art, and technology. CAT 1, CAT 2, and CAT 3 are Sixth College's core writing sequence and these classes foreground critical reading, argumentative writing, research, and collaboration. Our upper-division CAT 125 course invites students to think about public rhetoric, practical communication, and writing after college. The Practicum asks students to apply their education to real-world and community-based experience in the form of a service project, internship, or even study abroad opportunity. These courses are all required for graduation from Sixth College. We also offer freshman seminars in CAT 87 and hands-on learning opportunities in CAT 124.

As a living-learning community, we believe that students’ engagement must extend beyond the classroom and we hope to foster a community that helps students engage the world around them ethically, critically, and compassionately.

Sixth College CAT Courses

CAT 1 courses (fall quarter, four units) teach critical reading and drafting by examining how culture, art, and technology have intersected in the past. Please note that in order to enroll in CAT 1, you must have completed the Entry Level Writing Requirement.

CAT 2 courses (winter quarter, six units) are writing intensive, foregrounding argumentation, revision, and writing as process by examining case studies of culture, art, and technology interacting in the present moment. Please note that in order to enroll in CAT 2, you must have passed CAT 1.

CAT 3 courses (spring quarter, six units) are writing and research intensive, focusing on collaboration, research, and art-making by speculating on how the relationships between culture, art, and technology will be transformed in the future. Please note that in order to enroll in CAT 3, you must have passed CAT 2.

CAT 125 courses (four units, every quarter) are upper-division writing and communication classes in which students focus on translating skills developed in lower-division writing courses into writing after college and public rhetoric. CAT 125R is the online version of CAT 125 and is restricted to Sixth College students. Please note that students must only take one of these two courses to fulfill their upper-division writing requirement.

The Practicum (four units, any quarter) is an upper-division, four-unit general education requirement that embodies the college’s commitment to active, hands-on learning. Students enroll in courses that have a service-learning or community-based component to the curriculum.