Practicum courses are hands-on, experiential learning classes. Although many classes contain some aspects of this creative project-based learning and academic research approach, a course must meet the following criteria in order to be considered and approved for Practicum eligibility.
- Faculty supervision.
- Four units of upper-division credit.
- Ten hours of work each week for ten weeks, or a total of one hundred hours of work.
- A final project such as a paper, presentation, or performance.
Any of the options listed below can be taken for Practicum credit, but only one course must be completed in order to fulfill the requirement. Certain options require a Practicum proposal to be submitted the quarter before the project is begun, but others automatically complete the Practicum requirement.
CAT 124 and 198 courses are hosted by Sixth College Academic Programs. These classes are typically small (between five and thirty students), community-oriented, and taught by professors from varying disciplines.
Students may take Practicum-eligible classes in almost any department. The Practicum may overlap with other course requirements toward a major or minor, but not other Sixth College general education requirements.
Students can complete internships for credit through the Academic Internship Program. Students must attend an orientation, secure a faculty advisor, and register with AIP. When considering an academic internship, keep in mind that you will need to apply to AIP and meet their submission deadlines.
Special studies require students to seek out a faculty advisor to supervise a field study (197), group study (198), or independent study (199). Students must obtain and complete a special studies form and get both faculty and departmental approval for their plan.
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 lots of scholarships to fund your experience!