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...

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Academic News

Filmmaker Explores Christianity, Ghana

Dr. James AultJames Ault, award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and sociologist, screens his most recent film and discusses Christianity’s explosive growth in Africa followed by Q&A on Thursday, March 26, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Winter Hall, room 106. “African Christianity Rising: Stories from Ghana,” sponsored by the World Christianity and Global Encounters of the 21st Century Lecture Series and the Adams Mission fund, is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Charles Farhadian, Westmont professor of religious studies, at (805) 565-7094. [more]

Westmont Polo Wins the West

Mike Esparza, Carey Osimo, Tony Uretz and Coach John Westley (courtesy Santa Barbara Polo School)The Westmont men’s polo team defeated Stanford University 18-10 on March 22 at the Central Coast Polo Club in San Luis Obispo to capture the USPA Intercollegiate Western Regionals. The victory earns the Warriors a spot at the U.S. Polo Association National Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, however due to a lack of funding and experience, the team will not be competing at the University of Connecticut to defend its back-to-back national titles April 6-12. [more]

Bethany Hamilton to Speak at Westmont

Bethany HamiltonBethany Hamilton, whose autobiography, “Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board,” inspired the 2011 film “Soul Surfer,” speaks Friday, April 10, at 5:45 p.m. in Westmont’s Murchison Gym. Westmont hosts Night of Champions, sponsored by the Santa Barbara Fellowship of Christian Athletes (SBFCA), which includes special guest Britt Merrick. Tickets to the event are $20 for adults, $10 for students, and can be purchased at santabarbarafca.org/noc. [more]

Westmont CIO Wins Prestigious IT Award

Westmont CIO Reed SheardWestmont CIO Reed Sheard has been named a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader for 2015. He accepts this prestigious, lifetime award in March with other top IT professionals from the business, education, government, service, technology and non-profit sectors. [more]

Goodwin Examines Presidential Leadership Lessons

Doris Kearns Goodwin speaks at the 10th annual Westmont President’s BreakfastDoris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, spoke about “Leadership Lessons from American Presidents” to more than 700 people at the 10th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on March 6 in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. [more]

Carlsbad Violinist Wins Scholarship

Jonathan WongViolinist Jonathan Wong of Carlsbad earned top honors at the third annual Music Guild Competition March 7, where six high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships. Wong won the Guild Scholarship, receiving up to $10,000 in annual music scholarships funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont. Significant music scholarships were given to the other contestants: violinists Mirah Ray of San Anselmo and Sierra Farrar of Denver; pianists Merckx Dascomb of Santa Ynez and Kennedy Hahn of Beaverton, Ore.; and vocalist Kathryn Ogata of Santa Ana. [more]

Westmont Tops New College Rankings

Westmont fountainTwo new college rankings list Westmont among the top schools in the nation. Business Insider names it one of the 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America, and Princeton Review recognizes Westmont among Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best-­Value Colleges, “the best overall bargains based on cost and financial aid among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation.” [more]

Exhibition Highlights Rembrandt, Jews

Rembrandt’s “Triumph of Mordecai”Westmont features 21 Rembrandt etchings in an exhibition, “Rembrandt and the Jews: The Berger Print Collection,” Feb. 12-March 28 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd., Santa Barbara. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (805) 565-6162. [more]

Young Alumna to Serve World Concern in Burma

Taylor Jashinsky in MadagascarTaylor Jashinsky ’14 will serve as a communications liaison for the next two years in Southern Asia with World Concern, a Christian non-profit committed to developing sustainable communities in poverty stricken areas around the world. [more]

Alum Earns Fulbright to Study Stem Cells

Steven LeeSteven Lee ’13, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to conduct biology research in Korea. [more]

Researchers Lay Up Diet Tips for Cagers

Drs. Gregg Afman and James BettsAn international collaboration of sports scientists, including researchers from Westmont College, have developed new nutritional practices that could help NBA players prepare for the upcoming season. [more]

Alum Returns as Theater Tech Director

Jonathan Hicks in Westmont’s 2004 production of “Frankenstein”Alumnus Jonathan Hicks ’04 returns to Westmont as the theater department technical director and lighting designer in the fall. Hicks, who taught at Huntington University in Indiana, will oversee set construction, lighting design and other technical aspects of the department. He will also teach two courses each year. [more]