Getting Started: Tools to Map Out Your First Semester
Hello, and welcome to the first part of your academic journey here at Westmont College! We are excited that you will be joining us. To make the transition as smooth as possible, we have put together this instructional resource to help you get to know the academic requirements of the college.
Here you will learn about
- Many of the academic requirements of the college,
- How to navigate important web pages and web-based tools,
- And receive suggestions for choosing possible courses for your first semester.
These resources are designed to help you choose a balanced semester, with courses that will stretch and enrich you. This may seem like a daunting task, but once you are aware of the resources that are available and know how to use them, it will be easy!
Your Academic Advisor
You will be assigned an academic advisor to help oversee your academic progress while at Westmont. Academic advisors are current faculty members. If you have indicated an area of major interest by completing the survey below, most likely your academic advisor will be a faculty instructor from that particular department. You will meet your academic advisor during orientation and will have a chance to review youe fall schedule with him/her then (you will still be able to make changes to your fall schedule during the first week of class).
- Complete this First Year Advising Questionnaire to help our office match you with a faculty advisor. You will also review this questionaire with your academic advisor at your first advising meeting during Orientation Weekend. This form must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31.
- Please review this list of Advisor/Advisee Responsibilities to help you establish your relationship with your academic advisor.
- Use this Advising Checklist to help you stay on track as you advance at Westmont.
- On the menu to the left, feel free to browse Westmont's Academic Advising website.
Understanding General Education Requirements at Westmont College
By becoming familiar with the vocabularies and types of questions asked in several disciplines, students equip themselves to be members of an increasingly global and diverse intellectual community.
Westmont College’s General Education encompasses 4 main categories:
- Common Contexts: These courses ground students in a body of material and explicitly invites them into an understanding of the Christian liberal arts.
- Common Inquiries: These courses empower students to explore the knowledge, methodologies, and modes of inquiry of a given discipline.
- Common Skills: These courses encourage students to develop their verbal, quantitative, or physical dexterity.
- Competent & Compassionate Action: These courses fulfill the expectation that students will put their education into action in a variety of ways, many of which may be part of the student’s major. This category is typically completed in the student's junior or senior year.
The current Westmont College Catalog is always available to view on the Registrar’s home page. Please review the expanded descriptions of each general education category in the catalog to better understand their purpose in creating a robust Liberal Arts experience.
- Here is a list of all courses offered that will meet General Education Requirements at Westmont College.
- Click here to review frequently asked questions about Westmont’s general education.
Discovering your Program Evaluation in WebAdvisor.
Every student is unique. The general education requirements at Westmont College recognizes that and allows you to tailor your experience to meet your goals. Use your Program Evaluation to help you create your path towards your degree at Westmont College.
- All students can view accepted transfer work and test scores on your Program Evaluation and Unofficial Transcript in WebAdvisor.
- The Student Records Office only evaluates work to count towards your general education requirements. If you would like a course to count towards your major, please complete a Re-Evaluation of Transfer Credit Form bearing your major department chair’s signature once you arrive on campus.
- If you are a transfer student, please feel free to visit the Student Records Office in Kerrwood Hall once you are on campus to review your accepted transfer work with Records Office Staff if you still have questions.