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

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.

Majors


Art (B.A.)
Art History (B.A.)
Biology (B.A., B.S.)

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution and Natural History
  • General
Chemistry (B.A., B.S.)
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemical Engineering 3-2 Program
  • Chemical Physics
  • General
  • Professional
Communication Studies (B.A.)
Computer Science (B.A., B.S.)
Economics & Business (B.A.)
Engineering Physics (B.A., B.S.)
  • General
  • 3-2 Program
English (B.A.)
European Studies (B.A.)
French (B.A.)
  • French Studies
  • Language and Literature
History (B.A.)
  • Graduate School
  • International Studies
  • Standard
Interdisciplinary (B.A., B.S.)
Kinesiology (B.S.)
  • Movement and Exercise Science
  • Movement and Medical Science
Liberal Studies (B.A.)
  • Elementary Education
Mathematics (B.A., B.S.)
Music (B.A.)
  • Composition
  • Liberal Arts
  • Performance
  • Worship Leadership
Music Education (B.M.E.)
Philosophy (B.A.)
Physics (B.A., B.S.)
Political Science (B.A.)
  • International Affairs
  • International Security and Development
  • Pre-Law
  • Standard
Psychology (B.A., B.S.)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • General
Religious Studies (B.A.)
Social Science (B.A.)
  • Economics and Business
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
Sociology (B.A.)
  • Cross-Cultural Studies
  • General
  • Human Services
Spanish (B.A.)
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Language and Literature
Theatre Arts (B.A.)

Minors


Any Major
Anthropology
Biblical Languages
Coaching
Ethnic Studies
Gender Studies
Movement Science

Professional Programs


Elementary Education
(Fast Track or Fifth Year)

Secondary Education
(Fifth Year)

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Spanish

Pre-Professional Programs


Business Administration
Dentistry
Engineering
Law
Medicine
Ministry/Missions
Nursing
Osteopathy
Pharmacy
Physical Therapy
Teaching
Veterinary Medicine


Academic News

Bradford Joins Career Development Office

Bradford Joins Career Development OfficePaul Bradford, who directs the Career Development and Calling office, sees his work like that of his old Craftsman toolbox. He says there are some tools in the box that he hasn’t used in years and others he uses with great regularity. Some tools are designed for one specific task, while others can be used [more]

Spontaneous Show Offers ‘Women Sculptors’

Spontaneous Show Offers ‘Women Sculptors’Inspired by the opening exhibition at downtown Los Angeles’ new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel art complex, The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art unveils a surprise exhibition, “Women Sculptors,” before the museum’s official fall opening. “Women Sculptors,” which includes selections from the museum’s permanent collection, features a wide variety of sculpture and prints by 16 prominent [more]

Student’s Business Plan is the Bee’s Knees

Student’s Business Plan is the Bee’s KneesFour Westmont students are abuzz about the business project they hope will empower women and children in the developing world through sustainable beekeeping. Beecause Uganda, created by Jakob Colombo, Charlotte Cheek, Mikaela Harn and Timmy Rizk, won the Westmont’s 27th business plan competition. This annual event encourages entries that could solve some of the deepest [more]

Alumna’s Play to Make NYC Premiere

Alumna’s Play to Make NYC Premiere“Mad & a Goat,” a two-woman play by Westmont alumna Diana Lynn Small ’09, makes its New York City premiere July 22-30 at Brooklyn Yard. Small, who received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin, wrote and directs “Mad & a Goat.” Westmont alumnae Heather Ostberg Johnson ’10 and Paige Tautz [more]

Westmont Completes $153 Million Campaign

Westmont Completes $153 Million CampaignWestmont joyfully announces completion of Strength for Today, a comprehensive drive that funds initiatives and facilities advancing leadership, affordability and innovation. Originally set at $75 million, the campaign has raised more than $153 million. President Gayle D. Beebe led the drive, the largest in college history. As he begins his 10th year at Westmont, Beebe has achieved significant success in fundraising, strategic planning, building a strong board and effective executive team, creating new off-campus study opportunities and establishing innovative programs that expand Westmont’s reach and influence. [more]

Popular Youth Summer Camps Return

Popular Youth Summer Camps Return


Westmont kicks off its annual youth summer sports camps Monday, June 20, beginning with Sports Skills, which helps develop the motor skills of co-ed campers from ages 5-10, and girls’ soccer. In the following five weeks, an array of sports camps including archery/badminton, track and field, cheer, soccer, tennis and basketball will be attended by more than a thousand youngsters. [more]

Westmont Mourns the Loss of Alumnus Klug

Westmont Mourns the Loss of Alumnus William Klug
President Gayle D. Beebe expressed the shock and sorrow of the Westmont community at learning about the shooting death of alumnus William Klug at UCLA today. “We’re deeply saddened by this tragic news and send our condolences to his wife, Mary Elise, also a Westmont graduate, and their family,” Beebe says. [more]