Liberal Arts
Westmont's rigorous liberal arts program teaches students to think critically and communicate effectively, preparing them to succeed in a quickly changing and culturally complex world. Classes that range from the sciences to the humanities provide a rich and increasingly rare education encompassing all areas of life and promoting intellectual, spiritual and personal growth.
Christian
At Westmont, Jesus Christ holds preeminence. With our commitment to historic Christianity, we encourage students to integrate their beliefs with their studies and to live out their faith in service to others. Rooting the liberal arts in Christ means that we educate the whole person and encourage students to develop biblically based, intellectually strong convictions and worldviews.
Residential
The strong, caring residential community at Westmont creates a climate conducive to intellectual inquiry, personal growth, open communication and lasting friendships. Living among supportive Christian friends and mentors, students feel free to explore the breadth of the liberal arts and examine the implications of their faith as they develop into mature, and committed men and women.
Undergraduate
Westmont devotes itself exclusively to undergraduate courses, concentrating on a critical time of life when students make decisions shaping their future. Our focused, engaging and personal program offers small classes taught by full-time faculty, close interaction with professors outside the classroom, and opportunities to participate in significant research projects.
Global
Westmont offers a global program that prepares students to live in a diverse, complex and quickly changing society so they can take their place as citizens of the world. The breadth of the liberal arts curriculum, the opportunity to study or serve overseas and an emphasis on developing an international perspective help graduates make a seamless transition to a global marketplace.

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Gundry to Unveil Peter as False Prophet

Dr. Robert GundryRobert Gundry, Westmont’s scholar-in-residence, will contend that the Gospel of Matthew differs from the other Gospels by portraying Peter as an example of a false prophet and apostate Monday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. [more]

Westmont Grads Earn More in the Long Run

Westmont graduatesThe salaries of Westmont graduates fared well in two 2014 rankings that used data collected from the website PayScale. The Washington Post listed Westmont as No. 15 in the nation for colleges and universities with the greatest salary growth between average starting and average mid-career salaries. [more]

Mark Noll to Examine Christian Learning

Dr. Mark Noll (photo by Bryce Richter)Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, examines the past and future of American evangelical scholarship in a lecture, “The Challenges for Christian Learning: Looking Back, Looking Ahead,” on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 4-5:30 p.m., in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. [more]

Westmont Launches Leadership Series

Oval OfficeWhat can we learn from the leadership of American presidents? Westmont will explore that question in the coming year through the Moral and Ethical Leadership in the American Presidency series, sponsored by the Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership. [more]

Exhibit Puts the Focus on Artists from SB to LA

Devon Tsuno’s 'Agglomerate Horticulture'Eight area artists who are gaining prominence will show their art in a new exhibition, “ArtWatch 2014: Young Careers – SB to Greater LA,” Sept. 25–Nov. 22 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. An artists’ reception on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum, is free and open to the public. [more]

Westmont Hits Top 100 in U.S. News Ranking

Westmont studentsFor the sixth straight year, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Westmont in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges. “America’s Best Colleges, 2015 Edition” lists Westmont as 96th out of the nation’s 236 liberal arts colleges. [more]

Former Westmont VP Jane Hideko Higa Dies

Han Soo Kim, Westmont assistant professor of musicPresident Gayle D. Beebe announced Saturday that Jane Hideko Higa, former vice president for student life and dean of students, died Friday evening, Sept. 5, of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. She was 63. Jane retired a year ago after 24 years at Westmont, the longest serving vice president in college history. A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 13, at 10:30 a.m., at Santa Barbara Community Church, 1002 Cieneguitas Road, Santa Barbara. [more]

Researchers Lay Up Diet Tips for Cagers

Drs. Gregg Afman and James BettsAn international collaboration of sports scientists, including researchers from Westmont College, have developed new nutritional practices that could help NBA players prepare for the upcoming season. [more]

Alum Returns as Theater Tech Director

Jonathan Hicks in Westmont’s 2004 production of “Frankenstein”Alumnus Jonathan Hicks ’04 returns to Westmont as the theater department technical director and lighting designer in the fall. Hicks, who taught at Huntington University in Indiana, will oversee set construction, lighting design and other technical aspects of the department. He will also teach two courses each year. [more]

Museum Acquires Tisi Nativity Painting

Chris Rupp, collections manager of the Westmont Museum, carefully uncrates Tisi’s “La Nativité”The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showing off its recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The unannounced exhibition features works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt. The museum is not keeping regular hours during the summer, so please call (805) 565-6162 to make sure it is open. [more]

Westmont, Alums Earn 6 Theater Awards

Mitchell Thomas, Casey Caldwell, Marie Ponce, John Blondell and Miller JamesThe Santa Barbara Independent honored six people associated with Westmont at its annual theater awards May 19 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The 2014 Indy Theater Awards, celebrating the work of the entire Santa Barbara theater community, gave two awards to [more]

Students to Research Sports Science in Bath

Dr. Gregg Afman Seven Westmont kinesiology majors will conduct international research focusing on exercise science in June at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. The students on the Kinesiology Europe Mayterm program, led by Gregg Afman, professor of kinesiology, will assist the ongoing research of James Betts, [more]

Students Awarded for Community Service

Cody Howen, Daniel Johnsen, Paige Clenney, Rob Limkeman, Angela Brown, David K. Winter, Elizabeth Cormode Sarah Gowing, Carly Richardson, Tyler Moore, Tim Wilson and Kyle JorgensenTen outstanding Westmont student leaders earned $1,000 toward school expenses as part of the 14th annual David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards on April 25. Each spring, the Westmont Student Life Office honors students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. [more]

Local Artists to Turn Heads in ‘Made You Look’

Keaton Hudson’s “Sea Billows Roll”Meg Cranston, an internationally recognized artist, juries an art exhibition featuring 42 pieces by 29 Tri-County artists May 15-June 21 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “Made You Look: Westmont Annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition” is Thursday, May 15, from 4-6 p.m. [more]

Symposium Celebrates Student Research

Aleah Bond ’14 explains her research in chemistryA record 50 students displayed their results of 35 research projects in Winter Hall on April 15. The 18th annual Westmont College Student Research Symposium celebrates the noteworthy accomplishments of students and their work from the divisions of the humanities, social sciences and the natural and behavioral sciences. [more]

‘Pirates’ Lands National Accolades

John BlondellWestmont’s production of “The Pirates of Penzance” won three national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts recognized outstanding work from eight regional festivals held Jan. 7-March 1 across the United States. [more]

Plan Uses Trees to Grow Out of Poverty

Students Taylor Bartlett, Tommy Knapp, Gregg Sanchez and Jake Allbaugh won with their business plan WatermarkA plan to end malnourishment in Haiti took top honors at the 24th annual Westmont Business Plan Competition Dec. 10. The business proposal, Watermark, focuses on using natural, locally grown resources to provide vital nutrients to the people in underdeveloped and rural countries. The plan was created and presented by students Jake Allbaugh, Taylor Bartlett, Tommy Knapp and Gregg Sanchez. [more]

Upcoming Events

cross country

Cross Country: Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m., Chase Palm Park. Westmont hosts the Nationball Classic.

Helen Rhee

Chapel: Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m., Murchison Gym. Helen Rhee, associate professor of religious studies, Westmont

Ben Patterson

Chapel: Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m., Murchison Gym. Ben Patterson, Westmont campus pastor

Volleyball

Volleyball: Sept. 19, 7 p.m. The volleyball team hosts San Diego Christian. more

Volleyball

Volleyball: Sept. 20, 1 p.m. The volleyball team hosts Arizona Christian. more

Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer: Sept. 27, 12 p.m., Thorrington Field. The men's soccer team hosts The Master's. more

Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer: Sept. 27, 2:30 p.m., Thorrington Field. The women's soccer team hosts The Master's. more

Recent Events

Azar Ajaj

Sept. 9 (Chapel): Azar Ajaj, president of Nazareth Evangelical Theological Seminary

Andrea Gurney

Sept. 12 (Chapel): Associate professor of psychology, Westmont