Economics and Business Department

Clockwise from top: Edd Noell, John Tynan, Coby Harmon, Jim Morouse, Paul Morgan, Heather Rupp, Rick Ifland, David Olson, Ramon Gupta, Enrico Manlapig.


Welcome to the Economics & Business Department

Welcome to Economics and Business department at Westmont College! My name is Rick Ifland and I have the privilege to work with some amazing colleagues and to serve as Department Chairman at the most exciting time in our department’s history.  We love working together in beautiful Santa Barbara and its vibrant entrepreneurial environment with easy access to Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.  We love doing research on cutting-edge topics.  We love serving our alums and our community.  Most of all, we love to prepare our students to engage the world on the world’s terms yet still being salt and light.  Our over-arching theme is to habitually pursue excellence in all of our endeavors and relationships.

 Our students and our alums are amazing people.  Our 1,200+ graduates have distinguished themselves across a wide range of industries throughout the world, and consistently gain admission to the finest MBA and doctoral programs, as well as top-tier law schools. Our current students continue to meet the highly selective entrance requirements that rank Westmont as one of America’s premier liberal arts colleges.

 Please browse our web pages and look at our links, such as our Buisness at the Bottom of the Pyramid Course, for more details about our programs, our curriculum, our students, and our faculty. And always free to contact me, or any of my esteemed colleagues, if you have any questions or want to schedule a campus visit. Our department is committed to educating the whole person for life-long learning and professional development.  We look forward to meeting you when you’re in Santa Barbara.

 Rick Ifland 
Department Chairman