The Sixth College Practicum is an upper-division, general education requirement that embodies the College’s commitment to active, hands-on learning. Students enroll in courses that have an experiential, service-learning, or community-based component to the curriculum.
*PRIME and certain courses to be completed over 2 quarters may be less than 4 units.
Students may choose from ONE of the following options:
CAT 124 and 198 courses are hosted by Sixth College Academic Programs. These classes are typically small (6-30 students), community-oriented, and taught by professors from varying disciplines.
Students may take practicum eligible classes in almost any department. Practicum may overlap with other course requirements toward a major or minor, but NOT other Sixth College General Education requirements.
Special Studies require students to seek out a faculty advisor to supervise an internship (197), group independent study (198), or an independent study (199). Students must obtain and complete a Special Studies form and get both faculty and departmental approval for their plan.
Students can complete internships for credit through the Academic Internship Program. Students must attend an orientation, secure a faculty advisor, and register with AIP.
If considering an academic internship, keep in mind that you will need to apply to AIP in addition to the Practicum Proposal, so pay attention to AIP deadlines.
Get hands-on experience in another country and gain an international understanding of how the world works. There are many study abroad Practicum opportunities available, and scholarships to fund your experience!
The Sixth College Practicum Program has partnered with a number of programs at UC San Diego. Check out links to each below:
Once you have a project in mind, you will need to submit a Practicum Proposal online by Friday of WEEK 8, the quarter BEFORE you will begin your Practicum project. No retroactive credit is offered! To find out more about the Practicum Proposal process, click here.
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"I feel very strongly that CAT Practicum is the epitome of what Sixth College is about. Culture, Art and Technology are what this college prides itself in and students won’t know the true meaning of those three words until they put themselves out there."
-CAT 198: Ethnicity, Education, and Empowerment student, Spring 2013