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Community Engagement Program

This program currently resides solely within Sixth College and does not provide a UCSD transcript notation. It is our hope to have the program officially recognized as an honors program by the university, with a transcript notation, by the 2024-2025 academic year. If this happens, current students in the program will be retroactively moved into the college honors program, which will be denoted with a transcript notation.

The Sixth College Community Engagement Program is a cohort-based, small seminar program designed for highly motivated first- and second-year students interested in the process of engaging in community and building human connections through the lens of Cultural Studies. The program's concepts—community engagement, critical media literacy, and impactful composition—reflect CAT's belief that the ability to analyze and produce media and writing are at the core of affecting positive social change. Over the three-course sequence, students will be challenged to expand their awareness of the ways in which media and rhetoric impact their lives and their communities. These courses will empower students to locate their own agency and apply it to identifying and solving community-based problems. Ultimately, students who complete the program will come away with the skills and tools needed to be critical thinkers, lifelong learners, and changemakers.

For the 2023-2024 cohort, no more than twenty-five students will be accepted into the program. This program is currently only available to non-transfer students, but we hope to have an option for transfer students in the near future.

Application opens: Monday, October 9, 2023

Submission deadline: Sunday, October 29, 2023

The 2023-2024 cohort of the Community Engagement Program has been filled. Applications are no lo longer being accepted.

Learning Objectives

The Community Engagement Program aims to develop students who are...

Critical Thinkers

By facilitating a social consciousness through the introduction of critical frameworks and theories, students will be encouraged to analyze the world around them, in particular dominant cultural narratives and norms.

Lifelong Learners

By encouraging students to take ownership of their learning, they will discover their own intrinsic and personal motivations for learning. Students will find a sense of enjoyment and develop curiosity to continue learning beyond college.

Changemakers

By providing students opportunities to put their knowledge into action through civic and community engagement, students will develop a sense of responsibility and empowerment to become agents of change in their own communities.

Program Benefits

Cohort Model

Small, seminar-style classes allow for individualized mentorship and the opportunity to develop strong relationships with peers, professors, and community partners.

Service Learning

Contribute to the wellbeing of local communities and organizations through mutually beneficial volunteer opportunities.

Professional Development

Partnerships with community organizations offer the chance to build professional skills and networks across San Diego.

Formal Acknowledgement

A certificate of completion and an end-of-year celebration will honor students who successfully complete the program.

Course Sequence

In order to successfully complete the Community Engagement Program, accepted students must take the three-course sequence outlined below by the time they graduate.

Winter Quarter: CAT 2CE

During the winter quarter of the year students begin the program, they will take CAT 2CE.

Winter 2024 Course Description

Spring Quarter: CAT 3CE

During the spring quarter after taking CAT 2CE, students will take CAT 3CE.

Future Quarter: CAT 90 or CAT 124

During a future quarter before graduation, students will complete a designated community engagement or experiential learning opportunity through CAT 90 or CAT 124.

Questions?

Please contact Jeanne Monahan through the Virtual Advising Center with any questions about the Community Engagement Program.

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