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...


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

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution and Natural History
  • General
  • 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.)


Any Major
Biblical Languages
Ethnic Studies
Fitness and Wellness
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
Physical Therapy
Veterinary Medicine

Academic News

Talk Explores Power of Early Attachment

Talk Explores Power of Early AttachmentAndrea Gurney, associate professor of psychology at Westmont, examines early relational experiences and their importance to human development in a talk Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. The Westmont Downtown Lecture, “Wired for Love: The Importance of Early Attachment,” is free and open to the public. No tickets are required; the limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call (805) 565-6051. [more]

Shasberger, Orchestra Celebrate 10 Years

Shasberger, Orchestra Celebrate 10 YearsThe Westmont Orchestra celebrates its 10th anniversary season performing brilliantly colorful music by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Glazunov and Aaron Copland. The Fall Orchestra Concert, which includes a piece by alumnus Daniel Gee, adjunct instructor in theory and composition at Westmont, is Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Page Multipurpose Room, and Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. [more]

New Scholarship Helps South African Students

New Scholarship Helps South African StudentsA new scholarship will provide two full-ride scholarships each year for two South African students to attend Westmont. Beginning in fall 2016, two black, male graduates of Michaelhouse, a Christian boarding school for boys in KwaZulu-Natal, will receive these awards. In the scholarship’s fourth year and each subsequent year, eight Michaelhouse Scholarship students will study at Westmont. A related program will offer full scholarships to graduate school in South Africa for each Michaelhouse Scholar who graduates from Westmont. [more]

Alum Stages Two New Plays at Westmont

Alum Stages Two New Plays at WestmontWestmont alumna Diana Lynn Small ’09, who graduated from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, has written two plays being produced Oct. 16-24 at Westmont. “Good Day,” directed by Mitchell Thomas, Westmont associate professor of theater, is Oct. 16-27 at 7 p.m. in Porter Theatre. “Mad & a Goat,” featuring alumnae Heather Johnson ’10 and Paige Tautz ’14, is Oct. 22-24 at 9 p.m. in Black Box Theatre at Westmont. Tickets, which cost $12 general admission and $7 for students, seniors and children, are available online. Both plays contain mature content. [more]

Reel Talk Explores Complex ‘Food Chains’

Reel Talk Explores Complex ‘Food Chains’Mark Sargent, Westmont provost, and Cynthia Toms, director of global education, will dissect the challenging issues of our food economy and the lives of farmworkers after a screening of the film “Food Chains” on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Adams Center for the Visual Arts, room 216. This Reel Talk film screening and discussion, sponsored by the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts, is free and open to the public. [more]

Westmont Earns Top-100 U.S. News Ranking

Westmont Earns Top-100 U.S. News RankingWestmont jumped three spots and is ranked in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the seventh straight year. “America’s Best Colleges, 2016 Edition” lists Westmont as tied for No. 93 out of the nation’s 245 liberal arts colleges. [more]

Talk to Probe Islamic History of Rebellion

Talk to Probe Islamic History of RebellionHeather Keaney, associate professor of history at Westmont, applies her training in medieval history to examine the contemporary Middle East in a lecture, “Tyrants, Terrorists and Tropes in Islamic History,” Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture is free and open to the public. [more]

Westmont Mourns David Winter

David WinterDavid K. Winter, Westmont’s longest-serving president to date, died Saturday, August 15, at the age of 84. He was born Sept. 15, 1930. Winter served as president of Westmont from 1976-2001 and returned as interim president and chancellor in 2006-07. Under his leadership, Westmont became a nationally ranked liberal arts college. [more]