Sixth College, the youngest of UCSD's six colleges, was founded in 2001 and enrolled its first students in 2002. The college is dedicated to helping students acquire the interpersonal skills, self-knowledge, technical know-how, and cultural awareness needed to thrive and be effective global citizens who engage creatively and ethically with the complex issues facing the world in the 21st century. It teaches students to become innovative, aware, and engaged through the college's academic and co-curricular programs.
The year-long Culture, Art and Technology (CAT) core sequence explores how people in various societies use culture, especially in the forms of art and technology, both to express themselves and to shape and mediate their interactions with nature, with each other, and with their own environment; examines, from a cross-cultural perspective, the functions of art and technology in different time periods, as well as the interactions between art and technology; teaches inquiry and discovery through the processes of writing, communicating, and composing in other media; and develops skills vital to working collaboratively, in teams, and across cultures.
The upper-division Practicum promotes civic engagement through a service-learning program; engages students in the creative process of a research university; reinforces and connects students with the subject material of the academic course; and provides students with the opportunity to reflect on the relationship between their service and their education.