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


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Westmont in Top 100 for 8th Straight Year

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Westmont remains in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth straight year. “America’s Best Colleges, 2017 Edition” lists Westmont as tied for No. 99 out of the nation’s 239 liberal arts colleges. Only eight other liberal arts colleges in California appear in the top 100 [more]

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Chapman Explores Immigration in Britain

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Talk to Comb ‘Sustainable Beekeeping’

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Panel Talk to Explore ‘What is Gender?’

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