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.
Research has shown that all types of experiential learning, including service-learning, help students acquire essential leadership skills, improve their communication skills, increase self-awareness, and enhance multicultural and global understanding. Employers are also more likely to hire college graduates who have engaged in some type of community service, practical work, or volunteerism.
Practicum courses require:
*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 courses are hosted by Sixth College Academic Programs, but taught by professors from varying disciplines. Class sizes tend to be small, ranging from 6 to 30 students.
Students may take a class within their major, minor, or in an entirely new discipline, that fulfills the Practicum requirement. 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 intern for credit through the AIP InternBank, or find their own internship. 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.
Studying abroad can involve more than taking classes in a new place! Participate hands-on experience in another country and gain an international understanding of how the world works. There are many study abroad Practicum options available-- check out the Study Abroad Pre-approved Course List and take a look at the choices below:
Go to the Study Abroad as a Sixth Student website to find out more about the process as well as Scholarships for Sixth College Students. For all study abroad options visit the Programs Abroad Office and/or come to a Sixers Abroad Info Session to start your adventure!
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 have had the privilege of being involved in various student leadership organizations both on the Sixth College and university-wide levels, however, this experience has been one of the most meaningful, for the impact that a wonderful resource such as the Writing Studio produces can be seen almost immediately.”
-CAT 124: Coaching the Craft of Writing student, Fall 2012