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

Luncheon, Talk Examine Leadership of Lincoln

Ron WhiteBestselling author Ronald C. White shares insights into Abraham Lincoln at a luncheon and lecture, “The Moral and Ethical Leadership of Abraham Lincoln,” on Friday, May 29, at noon in Westmont’s Page Multipurpose Room. Tickets, which cost $100 each, may be purchased online. The event is part of the Moral and Ethical Leadership in the American Presidency Series, sponsored by the Mosher Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership. [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]

Conference Focuses on Moral, Effective Leadership

Westmont President Gayle D. BeebeAbraham Lincoln. Peter Drucker. Bill Gates. These iconic leaders continue to make a profound and pivotal impact on American thought and culture. “Lead Where You Stand: Lessons for Leaders from Lincoln, Drucker and Bill Gates,” a three-day conference at Westmont College, will offer key insights into an enduring challenge: How do we develop the capacity to respond in timely, principled ways to the multifaceted challenges of effective leadership? [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]

Student-Athletes Shine at Awards Dinner

Evan Kramer with coach Russell Smelley, the Jordano’s and President BeebeThe 21st annual Golden Eagle Awards Dinner April 14 honored a dozen Westmont scholar-athletes who have exceled athletically and in the classroom while being a faithful follower of Christ. This year’s winners were Evan Kramer, men’s cross country, Heidi Nichols, women’s cross country, Daniel Johnsen, men’s soccer, Ciena Colburn, women’s volleyball, Christian Hatchett, men’s track and field, Elysia Hodges Mitchell, women’s track and field, Stefan Inouye, men’s basketball, Russell Harmening, baseball, Lauren Stratman, women’s tennis, Joshua Barnard, men’s tennis, Christine Adams, women’s soccer, and Karlie Storkson, women’s basketball. [more]

Scholarship to Honor Life of Kenon Neal

Kenon NealNumerous friends, an anonymous donor and widower Matt Neal have established the Kenon Neal Endowed Scholarship at Westmont. Kenon (Ramsey) Neal ’88 died July 16, 2014, after experiencing a number of health challenges in her life, including five bouts of cancer that she battled for 27 years. The scholarship will assist students who have overcome challenges such as cancer, receive an academic merit scholarship and have a financial need. [more]