Philosophy of Education

Westmont College is an undergraduate, residential, Christian, liberal arts community serving God’s kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world.

Liberal Arts. As a liberal arts college, Westmont seeks to help its students become certain kinds of people, not mere repositories of information or mere possessors of professional skills. More...

General Education

In the tradition of the liberal arts, Westmont’s academic program requires students to set their major programs of study within the larger context of General Education. The General Education framework ensures that students’ major programs will be supported by the skills, the breadth of knowledge, the strategies of inquiry, and the practices that will enable them to mature in wisdom throughout their lives and to apply their learning effectively in the world around them. More...

Majors & Programs



Academic News

Music, Theater Offer Opera Classics

Soprano Christine NathansonThe Westmont Theater and Music Departments, which won three national awards for the 2013 co-production of “Pirates of Penzance,” combine forces for “An Evening of One-Act Opera Classics” on Jan. 30-31 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 3 p.m., all in Porter Theatre. Tickets, which cost $15 general admission and $10 students/seniors/children, can be purchased by calling (805) 565-­7140 or online at online at www.westmont.edu/boxoffice. [more]

Presidential Lessons from Watergate Reporter

Bob WoodwardBob Woodward, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, examined “Presidential Leadership and the Price of Politics” for 300 people on Jan. 16 in the Coral Casino at the Four Seasons Santa Barbara Biltmore. The legendary journalist, who has worked for the Washington Post since 1971, said it is not enough for a president to simply provide moral and ethical leadership. [more]

Stick, Disc Golfers Take Aim at Tourney

Wills Tourney 2014Golfers and disc golfers will have a unique opportunity to play together in the seventh annual Will’s Tourney on Monday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. at the Glen Annie Golf Club. A buffet dinner, raffle and awards presentation will follow the tournament at 5:15 p.m. All proceeds from the event benefit the William Wiersma Endowment Scholarship Fund at Westmont. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. To register or for more information, please go to willstourney.com or contact Karen Sloan, Westmont special events manager, at (805) 565­-6069. Green fees are $150, $115 for recent graduates (’06-’12) and $75 for current students. [more]

Grant to Fund Science Building Remodel

research studentsThe Fletcher Jones Foundation has awarded a $750,000 grant to Westmont toward the renovation of the college’s biology and chemistry labs. The grant will improve classroom and lab spaces inside Whittier Science Building, which opened in 1985. [more]

New Trustees Join Westmont Board

D. Verne SharmaTwo parents of Westmont graduates and an alumna have joined the 29-member Westmont Board of Trustees, which oversees the operations of the college. Mike Allen of Dallas, Helga Houston ’83 of Columbus, Ohio, and D. Verne Sharma of Pasadena, Calif., began serving in October. [more]

Westmont Hosts California Premier of Tire Sculptor

Chakaia BookerThe Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, hosts the West Coast premiere exhibition of internationally famous sculptor Chakaia Booker Dec. 11-Jan. 31. A free, public opening reception with Booker is Thursday, Dec. 11, from 4-6 p.m. [more]

Alumni, Parents to Visit Querétaro, Mexico

Streets of QuerétaroThe Westmont Office of Alumni and Parent Relations hosts a unique venture to the Bajío region of Mexico for alumni and parents June 27-July 6. The trip, led by Mary Docter, Westmont professor of modern languages, includes stops at several UNESCO World Heritage Sites where Westmont in Mexico students live and learn. [more]

Grotenhuis Estate Gift Will Fund 12 Scholarships Each Year at Westmont

David and Anna Grotenhuis with President Gayle D. BeebeDavid and Anna Grotenhuis have planned a gift from their estate to Westmont College that will endow approximately 12 full-tuition scholarships focused on attracting culturally and ethnically diverse students and rewarding those with extraordinary musical accomplishment. [more]

Young Alumna to Serve World Concern in Burma

Taylor Jashinsky in MadagascarTaylor Jashinsky ’14 will serve as a communications liaison for the next two years in Southern Asia with World Concern, a Christian non-profit committed to developing sustainable communities in poverty stricken areas around the world. [more]

Alum Earns Fulbright to Study Stem Cells

Steven LeeSteven Lee ’13, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to conduct biology research in Korea. [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]