The Reflective Woman (TRW)

The Reflective Woman reader, put out by the University, for use by students in TRW classes.

The Reflective Woman (TRW)

The Reflective Woman (TRW) sets the tone for a St. Kate's liberal arts education. Taken by all new students in the College for Women, this discussion-based and writing intensive course develops academic skills using various frameworks from liberal arts traditions and emphasizes critical thinking, effective communication and cultural analysis.  This common experience  facilitates the building of community among varied social, cultural, linguistic and economic situations. 

Three units comprise the course, with a focus on connections to art and aesthetics throughout:

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.

Different sections of TRW meet the varied needs of different populations of incoming students, from first-time, first-years to experienced transfer students:

  • CORE 1000 TRW is aimed at first-time, first-year students and transfer students with fewer than 32 credits
  • CORE 2000 TRW is the course for transfer students with 32 or more credits and who have had a composition course
  • CORE 2000 TRW: The Reflective Practitioner is designed for students in the RN to BSN program.
  • CORE 1010/1020 meets the needs of associate degree students in the AA program.  

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