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About the Practicum

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. 

Elements of a Practicum

  • 4 units of faculty supervised upper division credit*
  • Approximately 10 hours per week spent collaboratively engaged in creative academic or community-based research and/or project-based learning
  • Addresses aspects of Culture, Art, and Technology (CAT) learning areas
  • A final project such as a performance, presentation, or research paper

*PRIME and certain courses to be completed over 2 quarters may be less than 4 units.

Practicum Project Options

Students may choose from ONE of the following options:

Sixth College CAT 124 & 198 Courses

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. 

Learn more about upcoming CAT 124 courses!

Departmental Course

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.

Learn more about departmental courses you can use for Practicum!

Independent/Group/Special Studies (197, 198, 199)

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.

Learn more about Special Studies!

Academic Internship Program (AIP)

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.

Learn more about the Academic Internship Program at aip.ucsd.edu!

Study Abroad

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!

Learn more about doing your Practicum abroad here!

Practicum Partner Programs

The Sixth College Practicum Program has partnered with a number of programs at UC San Diego. Check out links to each below:

  • Teams in Engineering Service (TIES) - Multidisciplinary humanitarian engineering and design for local and international not-for-profit organizations and their clients.
  • Academic Enrichment Program (AEP)Research-oriented academic preparation in virtually any academic major including science, math, engineering, social sciences and arts and humanities.
  • Global Health Minor - Field experiences to enhance knowledge, skills, and sensitivity in the field of global health.
  • UCDC - Intern for academic credit in Washington, DC. Internships are available for all majors and disciplines.
  • UC Sacramento Center - UCSC offers undergraduate internships in policy, journalism, and many other topics at the state level.
  • Partners at Learning (PAL) - Mentor or tutor pre-school, elementary, or HS students, or help develop arts curriculum with Artsbridge.
  • Community Schools with CREATE and TMC - Tutoring and administrative educational internships at UCSD partnership schools.

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.

If you have any questions, please see the Practicum Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Sixth College Academic Programs at (858) 822-2275 or via the VAC at http://vac.ucsd.edu.


Walk-in Hours

Summer 2014

Tuesday - Thursday
9:30-11:30 AM
or by appointment via the
Virtual Advising Center

Academic Programs
Pepper Canyon Hall
Room 257
(858) 822-2275

Virtual Advising Center

Tuesday: 1:30 – 3:30 PM

Wednesday: 10:00 AM  - 12:00 PM

Thursday: 1:30 – 3:30 PM

"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

“A strong background is the most important thing that everyone, not just a student, needs.  My practicum helped me realize this.”

-EDS/Partners At Learning student, Spring 2012

Practicum Spotlight

Use one of these great opportunities for your Practicum