The Sixth College Practicum 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 an service-learning or community-based component to the curriculum and should keep the following logistical details in mind while considering when to complete the Practicum.

  • Continuing students must have completed at least ninety units.
  • All students should do their Practicum project as soon as possible!
  • The Practicum can be done before, while, or after taking CAT 125.
  • A Practicum class may be taken pass/no pass.
  • Retroactive credit is not accepted!

Learn more about the many options for fulfilling the Practicum requirement!

Practicum Partner Spotlight

The Sixth College Practicum program has partnered with a number of unique and exciting programs at UC San Diego. Check out links to each below.

  • Academic Enrichment Program (AEP): Research-oriented academic preparation in virtually any academic major.
  • BioClock Studio: Courses in Molecular Biology, Microbiology (BIMM) and Psychology (PSYC) brought to UCSD's Center for Circadian Biology (CCB) through a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).
  • Global Health Program (GHP): Field experiences to enhance knowledge, skills, and sensitivity in the field of Global Health (GLBH).
  • La Clase Mágica: Working with children from underserved communities through the department of Communication (COMM).
  • Mexican Migration Field Research And Training Program (MMFRP): Hands-on research into immigration from and migration to Mexico in the field of Latin American Studies (LATI).
  • Partners at Learning (PAL): Mentoring or tutoring students of all ages through the department of Education Studies (EDS).
  • Partnership Schools Program (PSP): Tutoring and administrative educational internship opportunities at the Preuss School and Gompers Prepartory Academy (GPA), offered in partnership with Thurgood Marshall College (TMC) and the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assesment, and Teaching Excellence (CREATE).
  • Teams in Engineering Service (TIES): Multidisciplinary humanitarian engineering and design projects for local and international not-for-profit organizations and their clients in conjunction with the department of Engineering (ENG).
  • University of California/Center Sacramento (UCCS): Internships in policy, journalism, and many other topics available at the state level through the Academic Internship Program (AIP).
  • University of California/District of Columbia (UCDC): Internships for academic credit in Washington, D.C. available for all majors and disciplines through the Academic Internship Program (AIP).

Practicum Student Experiences

Students experience amazing changes when they engage in hands-on learning. Below are interviews, mini-documentaries, and sample projects of students who participated in various Practicum projects.

  • Divine Comedy x Comicraft = Comic Squared

  • Comicraft: Docucomics

  • iPhoneography: Student Film Practicum

  • Filmmaking and Authentic Narrative Practicum: High Tech High Student Films

  • Jeans for Justice: Sexual Violence Practicum

  • UCDC (University of California/District of Columbia)

  • Practicum Students: ArtsBridge, UCDC, Study Abroad

Practicum in the News

Find below a sample of the newspieces written about various Practicum programs and specific Practicum courses as well as articles written and projects completed by former Practicum students.






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