2005-2007 Academic Catalog
A St. Catherine's Education
AT ST. CATHERINE’S, WOMEN NOT ONLY HAVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, BUT EVERY OPPORTUNITY.
Everything we do here — both inside and outside of the classroom — is designed to provide the opportunities to build the skills and values that not only help you succeed in college, but inspire you to excel in your personal and professional lives.
A ST. CATHERINE’S EDUCATION IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GETTING A JOB AND GETTING AHEAD IN THE 21ST CENTURY.
It’s predicted that current college graduates will have eight different jobs during their lifetime, six of which have yet to be identified. At St. Catherine’s, you develop the skills, values and knowledge that will make you employable well into the 21st century. This means you’ll think on your feet, solve problems creatively, adapt to changing conditions, lead co-workers and colleagues, and master state-of-the-art technology.
The education of people for employment in healthcare and human-service positions must be highly responsive to emerging technological advances and sociological changes. At St. Catherine’s, we seek to anticipate change through evolution of the curriculum. Adaptations on the Minneapolis campus accommodate students’ need to develop areas of competence or specialization in addition to their original area of preparation. The emergence of new areas of practice, both at the critical care and health promotion ends of the healthcare continuum, has resulted in the development of new programs and new competency requirements in existing programs.
A ST. CATHERINE’S EDUCATION PROVIDES INTELLECTUAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH A VIBRANT LIBERAL-ARTS CURRICULUM.
You may choose from more than 45 liberal-arts majors. More than 30 additional majors and minors are available to baccalaureate students in the Day Program through the Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities (ACTC), a consortium of five local private colleges. You also are encouraged to broaden your horizons through full-year and semester study-abroad programs in more than 12 countries. Intensive core curriculum requirements in math, writing, foreign language and computer literacy support the baccalaureate major course of study and prepare you to excel in just about any job setting.
A ST. CATHERINE’S EDUCATION PROVIDES INTENSIVE CAREER-DEVELOPMENT TRAINING THROUGH ACADEMIC-ADVISING AND CAREER-SERVICES PROGRAMS.
Academic and career advising begin the moment you step on campus. During your first year, for example, you are assigned an academic advisor who helps you define career goals, choose a major, plan your college courses and make the transition from high school to college. During the sophomore year, baccalaureate students receive a personal invitation from our College president to assess their academic and career progress with a career development advisor.
Through a combination of intensive advising, personal assessment tests and job experience through internship and mentorship programs, you are thoroughly prepared to pursue your career goals by the time you complete your program of study. And when you’re ready to graduate, you will find a wealth of resources for learning how to write a resume, conduct an interview, negotiate salary or apply to graduate school.
A ST. CATHERINE’S EDUCATION GIVES STUDENTS THE POWER TO LEAD CHANGE RATHER THAN ALLOWING CHANGE TO LEAD THEM.
St. Catherine’s career preparation is important, but it isn’t everything. After all, how valuable can an education be if students are taught to solve problems on the job but are unable to address the more complex issues affecting their lives and their world? To equip students for meeting life’s challenges and leading a meaningful life, we take rigorous steps to develop what we call “the St. Catherine’s leader.”
A St. Catherine’s leader:
- lives a commitment to justice;
- acts from a strong self-concept;
- thinks critically and creatively;
- communicates effectively;
- exercises power appropriately;
- cultivates a positive sense of direction; and
- evokes hope.
THROUGH COURSES THAT HELP STUDENTS DEFINE THEIR VALUES AND DEVELOP AND LISTEN TO THEIR INNER VOICE. . .
Defining one’s values is the key to understanding one’s self. St. Catherine’s requires two core-curriculum courses for baccalaureate students, The Reflective Woman and The Global Search
In The Reflective Woman course, first-year students are asked to look inward to discover their values in relation to the world around them. They answer hard questions — questions about who they are, who they want to be, what the good life will be for them and how they will make life-changing decisions. In discovering these answers, they build a framework for making decisions that will guide them toward the life they’ve always envisioned.
The Global Search for Justice requires juniors and seniors to take the values they defined in The Reflective Woman course and turn those values outward to bring about positive change in the world. By studying global issues of peace, meaningful work and social justice, students begin to develop the discipline and consciousness needed to change oppressive systematic conditions and reshape their world.
Through curricular experiences in the areas of health, human services and the liberal arts, certificate and associate degree students develop ethics and values, critical and creative thinking skills, and the effective communication skills necessary to enhance the physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development of themselves and others.
... AND LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES THAT CULTIVATE THEIR TALENTS AND PUT VALUES INTO ACTION.
St. Catherine’s provides a host of on- and off-campus leadership activities that encourage women to reach out to others while realizing their dreams. Some baccalaureate students develop new leadership skills by joining the honors program, the student government board or one of the College’s 10 NCAA Division III sports teams. Others share their skills with the Twin Cities community at large as Volunteers in Action or members of the student-developed Women Helping Women organization.
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