At Westmont a major program educates students in a coherent field of study compatible with the goals of a Christian liberal arts education. The program should give students a solid grounding in the content and methodologies of the field of study.
Typically B.A. Programs have between 36 and 54 units and B.S. between 53 and 65 units. In every case the choice of courses and program structure should be informed by disciplinary standards.
Both B.A. and B.S. programs should include courses that equip students to work at an advanced level. In majors that offer both degrees, the B.A. is intended to be a more flexible program, while the B.S. provides deeper exploration well suited to students who intend to pursue graduate studies. Every major should include a capstone experience designed to integrate the knowledge, skills, and virtues that students have developed in the major program.
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.
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.
We’ve developed a unique cycle of global learning for our own programs to help you make the most of your cross-cultural experiences. You’ll spend a semester studying the region before you leave. While you’re there, Westmont professors will guide your learning. When you return, a re-entry seminar will help you embrace, apply and share your insights.
Westmont prepares you to be a global citizen equipped to make an impact in the world. About 70 percent of our students spend a semester off campus or overseas, choosing from more than 65 programs.