Academic Support

Westmont is committed to providing opportunities for strong intellectual growth. This growth includes more than mastering course content alone. The college also challenges you to improve your ability to think clearly and to state ideas accurately and effectively. Professors will encourage you to express personal values openly and to challenge and evaluate competing ideas with fairness and insight.

Academic Advising
Westmont faculty are eager to provide quality, helpful academic advising. But you must take the initiative to develop a relationship with your faculty adviser by making appointments in advance of registration to get to know them and to discuss your future. Your faculty will know the details of your academic program and general education requirements. Much of this information can also be found in the college catalog (found on our Web page), and all academic policies and procedures can be found on the Registrar’s website. Additional information about academic advising and resources to develop academic success can be found here. If you want to switch your academic adviser, you must fill out a form from the Registrar’s office. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact the Registrar's office.

Directed Study
Westmont offers a variety of directed-study programs, including tutorials, general honors, major honors, in-course honors, practica, and research. Consult the college catalog for specific details, or discuss your interests with individual faculty.

Academic Skills
The Successful Scholars Seminar (APP 002), especially for students new to Westmont, is a six-week, non-credit course that provides an extended orientation to academic aspects of college life. If you have any questions, contact academic advising and disability services at x6159. If you would like to participate in the course you may add it to your course schedule through the Registrar's office.

Library and Information Services
The main level of the three-story Voskuyl Library is the entry point both to the building and to the services of the library. Standard features of the library (the circulation, reserve and references services) are on this floor, along with inter-library loan. A collection of CDs and videos is stored behind the circulation desk.

The lower level contains the offices of information technology, along with laboratories for general computing needs and language and graphics computing. The upper level houses the greater part of the library’s book collection. Several offices are located there as well: Office of Life Planning, director of academic advising and disability services, director of internship programs, director of intercultural programs, Writer’s Corner and college webmaster. Fines for overdue books in general circulation are $.25 per day, and for overdue reserve materials $.25 per hour.

Library circulation hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Friday. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. Circulation and reference services are closed during chapel.