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


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

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution and Natural History
  • General
Chemistry
  • 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

Brooks to Speak at President’s Breakfast

Brooks to Speak at President’s Breakfast’
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David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author of the best-selling book “The Road to Character,” will speak at the 11th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast Friday, March 4, at 7 a.m. at the Fess Parker: A Doubletree Resort by Hilton. Tickets, which cost $125 each, go on sale Monday, Feb. 1, at 9 a.m. at westmont.edu/presbreakfast. Seating is limited, and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
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Talk ‘Wades with Brooks in Virtuous Waters’

Talk ‘Wades with Brooks in Virtuous Waters’
Greg Spencer, professor of communication studies at Westmont, reflects on his own book, “Awakening the Quieter Virtues,” and David Brooks’ book, “The Road to Character,” in a talk on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. The Westmont Downtown Lecture, “Wading with Brooks in Virtuous Waters,” 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]

Spring Orchestra Concert Honors the Bard

Spring Orchestra Concert Honors the Bard
The Westmont Orchestra celebrates the life of William Shakespeare (1582-1616) on the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death at its Spring Orchestra Concert on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in Hahn Hall at Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, and Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. General admission is $10, and students are free. To purchase tickets or for more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. [more]

Students Arrive for Scholarship Competition

Students Arrive for Scholarship Competition
About 100 semi-finalists begin arriving at Westmont Friday, Feb. 5, for the first Augustinian Scholarship competition that will award scholarships worth at least $35,000 per year to 30 applicants. Twenty-six students receive a $140,000 four-year scholarship, and four will receive the full-tuition Monroe Award each year beginning this fall. [more]

Orchestra to Tour Northern California

Orchestra to Tour Northern California
The Westmont College Orchestra performs at several Northern California cities Feb. 12-15 as part of its annual spring tour. The Orchestra Tour to Yosemite includes performances in San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, Nevada City and Oakhurst. Admission is free to all performances, although a goodwill offering will be taken. [more]

Talks Examine Liberal Arts, Social Change

Talks Examine Liberal Arts, Social Change
Westmont’s Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts explores how higher education prepares students to make social change at its 15th annual conference Feb. 4-6. The public is welcome to plenary sessions of the Conversation on the Liberal Arts, “From Inquiry to Impact: Social Transformation through Liberal Learning.” [more]

Talk Probes Global Service Impact, Value

Talk Probes Global Service Impact, Value
Cynthia Toms, director of the office of global education, dissects the debate about the value and impact of young people engaging in international volunteer service in a lecture Monday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture, “Ethical International Volunteerism and Service: Moral Responsibility or More Harm than Good?” is free and open to the public. [more]

Westmont Stages Rare Classic Opera Duet

Westmont Stages Rare Classic Opera Duet
Westmont’s music and theater departments collaborate to stage two rarely seen classics in an ambitious, one-of-a-kind, dramatic operatic event Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 4-6 at Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Westmont will pair “Dido and Aeneas” (1688), composed by Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate, with Christopher Marlowe’s “Dido, Queen of Carthage” (published 1594). [more]

Luncheon Features Pulitzer Prize Winner

Luncheon Features Puliter Prize Winner

Jack Rakove, Pulitzer Prize-winning political author and professor at Stanford University, will speak about “Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson, Adams and Madison: The Moral Vision of America’s Founding” on Friday, Feb. 5, at noon in the Loggia Ballroom at the Biltmore Santa Barbara. Tickets to the luncheon, part of the Mosher Foundation’s series on Moral and Ethical Leadership in American Society, cost $100 each and may be purchased online only at westmont.edu/leadershipseries. [more]

Exhibit Celebrates 19th Century French Culture

Exhibit Celebrates 19th Century French Culture

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art showcases work by some of the most recognized names in the annals of art history Jan. 14-March 19. “Barbizon, Realism, and Impressionism in France” features more than two dozen works from the Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree collection. An opening reception, Thursday, Jan. 14, from 4-6 p.m., is free and open to the public. [more]

Westmont Earns Grant for Youth Theology

Westmont Earns Grant for Youth TheologyWestmont has received a grant of $590,400 to establish Trailhead: Seeking God’s Call, a high school youth theology institute. Part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative, Trailhead seeks to encourage young people to explore theological traditions, ask questions about the moral dimensions of contemporary issues and examine how their faith calls them to lives of service. [more]

Three Join Westmont Board of Trustees

Three Join Westmont Board of TrusteesThe Westmont Board of Trustees has welcomed three new members: Dave Gehring, advisor for Guardian News and Media; Tom Nguyen, managing director of U.S. sales for China International Capital Corp. (CICC); and Jim Richardson, senior management consultant and director for Alexandria Real Estate Equities. The 29-member board oversees the operations of the college. [more]