The Reflective Woman
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The Reflective Woman

The Reflective Woman (TRW) sets the tone for a St. Kate's liberal arts education. Taken by all first-year students at St. Catherine, this introductory course facilitates the building of community among varied social, cultural, linguistic and economic situations. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, cultural analysis and communication. Three units comprise the course:

Composing a Life

This unit explores identity — what are the choices we make in order to create a life that expresses who we really are? Students learn how to define self through readings, activities with classmates and personal reflection.

Searching for Truths

The second unit engages students in asking the tough questions in life: What is right? Who decides? What is truth? Students tackle these big questions from all angles - philosophical, scientific, theological, and aesthetic. This unit culminates in a structured controversy project which develops the ability to synthesize knowledge and assess arguments.

Working Toward Community and Justice

The final unit connects identity and a quest for truth to defining one's life work.