The College of St. Catherine educates women to lead and influence. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the college integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, the college engages students from diverse backgrounds in a learning environment uniquely suited to women. Education at the College of St. Catherine prepares graduates to demonstrate ethical leadership grounded in social responsibility.
The college offers its programs on two campuses, one in St. Paul and one in Minneapolis.
THE ST. PAUL CAMPUS
The St. Paul campus comprises the traditional baccalaureate women's college and several graduate programs offered to both women and men. The women's college encourages its students to define themselves independently of the narrow expectations of women that society widely holds. In an atmosphere sensitive to women's needs and concerns, the college provides quality programs in which students acquire knowledge, gain an understanding of their cultural heritage, develop the ability to make critical judgments and form a commitment to intellectual inquiry.
In addition to its broad-based liberal arts majors, St. Catherine's offers top-quality pre-professional course work, health-care programs and professional majors.
Certificate and graduate programs, offered to both women and men, build on the strengths of baccalaureate programs and focus on professional certification and the development of personal and leadership qualities.
THE MINNEAPOLIS CAMPUS
The Minneapolis campus provides educational opportunities in health-care fields to a diverse coeducational student body. The campus atmosphere and educational philosophy stress student development: frequent opportunities for success and individualized academic, personal and financial support. Its special mission is to educate competent health and human-services workers, with a regard for the whole person.
Associate degree programs include both professional and liberal arts courses. Certificate programs emphasize specialized knowledge and skills necessary to meet additional educational needs in these fields. Innovative programming and quick response to the changing demands of health-care delivery systems characterize the programs offered on the Minneapolis campus. Some baccalaureate and graduate programs are also located on the Minneapolis campus.
The Roman Catholic Identity of the College of St. Catherine
Throughout the history of the College of St. Catherine, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, we have been dedicated as a college community to our Roman Catholic heritage and identity. In light of the rich and diverse history of the Church and the vision of Vatican II, we affirm aspects of that identity that are particularly appropriate to higher education.
From the Church's intellectual tradition, which has equated the search for truth with true liberation, we value an open atmosphere of critical inquiry, cross-cultural studies and interdisciplinary teaching. From its social tradition, with its consistent commitment to the poor and outcast, we value and reach out to those marginalized by our society and churches, and in particular, we seek to promote women's leadership. From its sacramental tradition, which has emphasized ritual, symbol and the use of material things as signs of grace, we value the integration of the material and spiritual, and the use of creative rituals for prayer and celebration. From the tradition that has stressed both communal participation and the worth of the individual, we value dialogue, respect for diversity and the nurturing of personal conscience. From the call of Jesus himself, that all should be one (John 17:21), we value ecumenism and collaboration among all faiths.
Drawing on those traditions, we seek to promote, through our student services, campus ministry, administration, faculty and staff, a common search for wisdom and the integration of our daily lives and work with our spirituality. Without being exclusive of other ecclesial and spiritual traditions, we will continue to ask ourselves how this Catholic heritage enhances the people we serve and the well-being of our planet.
March 26, 1996
Institutes and Centers
ABIGAIL QUIGLEY MCCARTHY CENTER FOR WOMEN
This center actively supports the mission of the college by affirming the dignity of women and fostering their spiritual and intellectual potential. As a program, the center coordinates the women's studies minor, seeks to integrate scholarship on women across the college curriculum and provides events and activities focusing on women. As a place, the center houses unpublished research, books, periodicals, conference reports and other information relating to women; provides an environment for women to share ideas and creates and encourages networks for women. This congenial meeting place is located on the St. Paul campus.
WISDOM WAYS RESOURCE CENTER FOR SPIRITUALITY
Co-sponsored by the college and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet--St. Paul Province, this center provides programs and services to the community focused on three themes: Women's Spirituality, Spirit and Work, and Emerging Streams. Ecumenical in scope and collaborative by design, the center seeks to address contemporary needs for spiritual renewal and enrichment. Offices are in Carondelet Center, 1890 Randolph Ave.
St. Catherine's Library
The information needs of students and faculty are served in the three campus libraries of the college: the St. Paul main library, the Performing Arts Library and the Minneapolis Campus Library. Together the collections include more than 260,000 books and 1,400 journal subscriptions. In addition, the library provides access to the collections of other libraries through its membership in the Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC) with access to more than 1 million volumes and 5,000 periodical subscriptions, and to the collections of libraries statewide and nationally through the MINITEX and Interlibrary Loan systems. Electronic journal and newspaper indexes, online full-text journals, videotapes, recordings, slides and filmstrips also are available and reference librarians can help patrons access the wealth of information available on the Internet.
Students have access to computers through three public computer labs and several semi-private labs at numerous sites around campus, including residence halls. In addition, a student laptop computer leasing program provides IBM Thinkpad personal computers to individual students who participate. Lotus Notes connects faculty, staff and students via the college's local area network. The college also maintains a T-1 connection to the Internet and provides dial-in modem access for Notes users. Computing Services coordinates training and helpdesk support for academic and administrative computing hardware and software applications, including the Microsoft Office suite, Lotus Notes and Netscape. The McGlynn Center for Computing and Technology is housed in the library building on the St. Paul campus.
Safety and Security
The safety and security of students, faculty and staff are of the utmost importance. While campus safety is the responsibility of every member of the campus community, the college employs trained security officers whose main responsibilities include the safety and security of the individuals on campus and the property of the college. Trained escorts are available to accompany students, faculty and staff to their vehicles as they leave campus. The college complies with all local, state and federal guidelines regarding campus security programs. These services are all provided by the Safety and Security Department.