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

Youth Summer Sports Camps Underway

Westmont summer camp director Jeff AzainWestmont summer sports camps, a more than 25-year tradition in Montecito, began June 22 with sports skills camp, developing motor skills of co-ed campers from ages 5-10. Basketball camp, which also began this week, has been around nearly 40 years at Westmont. John Moore, men’s head basketball coach, recalls being an incoming senior at Westmont when then Head Basketball Coach Chet Kammerer asked him and his sister to help with the first basketball camp at Westmont. [more]

Unique Program Offers Taste of College

Dr. Carmel Saad Teaching Summer Scholars in 2014Twenty high school seniors and incoming first-year Westmont students will begin experiencing college life at Westmont June 22-July 10 while earning college credits. In its fifth year, the Westmont Summer Scholars program allows high school seniors and recent high school graduates to take three weeks of intensive classes while living on campus in a residence hall. [more]

Westmont and Pepperdine Launch New Partnership

The Hutton Parker Foundation Building in downtown Santa BarbaraWestmont College and Pepperdine University today announced an agreement to offer a new program in shared space in downtown Santa Barbara. Beginning in fall 2015, Westmont Downtown, a new center in the Hutton Parker Foundation Building in Santa Barbara, will host a Santa Barbara-based, two-year, part-time MBA program through the nationally ranked Pepperdine University Graziadio School of Business and Management. Westmont Downtown also offers Westmont programs and classes in social entrepreneurship, capital entrepreneurship, and leadership and management as well as internships with local businesses and organizations. [more]

Local Artists Featured in ‘Vital’ Exhibition

Bill Dewey's 'Sacramento Delta Patterns'Ciara Ennis, director and curator of Pitzer College Art Galleries, juries an art exhibition featuring 37 pieces by 29 artists living and working in the San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties May 21-June 20 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “VITAL: Tri-County Juried Exhibition” is Thursday, May 21, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum. [more]

Trustees Challenge Earns $467-K for Scholarships

Trustee ChallengeThe Westmont Trustee Challenge, which began with a matching gift of $100,000 by the Westmont Board of Trustees, has raised $467,000 to support student scholarships. After one week, alumni, parents and friends had exceeded the initial challenge, so the board offered an additional $100,000 matching gift. By the end of the two-week challenge, every goal has been exceeded. [more]

Veterans Find Aid, Faith at Westmont

Patrick BurreeTwo military veterans, who received financial assistance through the Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative (AVSI), have completed their first semesters at Westmont. Juniors Patrick Burree, 26, and Bradley Mora, 32, had very different military experiences, but both have appreciated Westmont’s rigorous academics rooted in Christ. Mora, an Army veteran who hopes to pursue a career as a physician’s assistant, transferred from Santa Barbara City College. [more]

New Grads Urged to Make Commitments

New Grads Urged to Make CommitmentsCommencement speaker David Brooks demonstrated his talent as a humorist while offering the class of 2015 advice about commitment, love and taking chances in their careers May 9 at Westmont. Brooks’ opening, witty monologue shone a ray of sunshine on an otherwise overcast day. Several thousand family and friends of the remained bundled up through much of the ceremony, which celebrated the graduation of 310 students. [more]