Liberal Arts
Westmont's rigorous liberal arts program teaches students to think critically and communicate effectively, preparing them to succeed in a quickly changing and culturally complex world. Classes that range from the sciences to the humanities provide a rich and increasingly rare education encompassing all areas of life and promoting intellectual, spiritual and personal growth.
At Westmont, Jesus Christ holds preeminence. With our commitment to historic Christianity, we encourage students to integrate their beliefs with their studies and to live out their faith in service to others. Rooting the liberal arts in Christ means that we educate the whole person and encourage students to develop biblically based, intellectually strong convictions and worldviews.
The strong, caring residential community at Westmont creates a climate conducive to intellectual inquiry, personal growth, open communication and lasting friendships. Living among supportive Christian friends and mentors, students feel free to explore the breadth of the liberal arts and examine the implications of their faith as they develop into mature, and committed men and women.
Westmont devotes itself exclusively to undergraduate courses, concentrating on a critical time of life when students make decisions shaping their future. Our focused, engaging and personal program offers small classes taught by full-time faculty, close interaction with professors outside the classroom, and opportunities to participate in significant research projects.
Westmont offers a global program that prepares students to live in a diverse, complex and quickly changing society so they can take their place as citizens of the world. The breadth of the liberal arts curriculum, the opportunity to study or serve overseas and an emphasis on developing an international perspective help graduates make a seamless transition to a global marketplace.

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Shasberger, Orchestra Celebrate 10 Years

Shasberger, Orchestra Celebrate 10 YearsThe Westmont Orchestra celebrates its 10th anniversary season performing brilliantly colorful music by Antonin Dvorak, Alexander Glazunov and Aaron Copland. The Fall Orchestra Concert, which includes a piece by alumnus Daniel Gee, adjunct instructor in theory and composition at Westmont, is Friday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Page Multipurpose Room, and Sunday, Oct. 25, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. [more]

New Scholarship Helps South African Students

New Scholarship Helps South African StudentsA new scholarship will provide two full-ride scholarships each year for two South African students to attend Westmont. Beginning in fall 2016, two black, male graduates of Michaelhouse, a Christian boarding school for boys in KwaZulu-Natal, will receive these awards. In the scholarship’s fourth year and each subsequent year, eight Michaelhouse Scholarship students will study at Westmont. A related program will offer full scholarships to graduate school in South Africa for each Michaelhouse Scholar who graduates from Westmont. [more]

Alum Stages Two New Plays at Westmont

Alum Stages Two New Plays at WestmontWestmont alumna Diana Lynn Small ’09, who graduated from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin in 2015, has written two plays being produced Oct. 16-24 at Westmont. “Good Day,” directed by Mitchell Thomas, Westmont associate professor of theater, is Oct. 16-27 at 7 p.m. in Porter Theatre. “Mad & a Goat,” featuring alumnae Heather Johnson ’10 and Paige Tautz ’14, is Oct. 22-24 at 9 p.m. in Black Box Theatre at Westmont. Tickets, which cost $12 general admission and $7 for students, seniors and children, are available online. Both plays contain mature content. [more]

Reel Talk Explores Complex ‘Food Chains’

Reel Talk Explores Complex ‘Food Chains’Mark Sargent, Westmont provost, and Cynthia Toms, director of global education, will dissect the challenging issues of our food economy and the lives of farmworkers after a screening of the film “Food Chains” on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Adams Center for the Visual Arts, room 216. This Reel Talk film screening and discussion, sponsored by the Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts, is free and open to the public. [more]

Talk Explores Power of Early Attachment

Talk Explores Power of Early AttachmentAndrea Gurney, associate professor of psychology at Westmont, examines early relational experiences and their importance to human development in a talk Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. The Westmont Downtown Lecture, “Wired for Love: The Importance of Early Attachment,” is free and open to the public. No tickets are required; the limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call (805) 565-6051. [more]

Westmont Earns Top-100 U.S. News Ranking

Westmont Earns Top-100 U.S. News RankingWestmont jumped three spots and is ranked in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the seventh straight year. “America’s Best Colleges, 2016 Edition” lists Westmont as tied for No. 93 out of the nation’s 245 liberal arts colleges. [more]

Talk to Probe Islamic History of Rebellion

Talk to Probe Islamic History of RebellionHeather Keaney, associate professor of history at Westmont, applies her training in medieval history to examine the contemporary Middle East in a lecture, “Tyrants, Terrorists and Tropes in Islamic History,” Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture is free and open to the public. [more]

Westmont Mourns David Winter

David WinterDavid K. Winter, Westmont’s longest-serving president to date, died Saturday, August 15, at the age of 84. He was born Sept. 15, 1930. Winter served as president of Westmont from 1976-2001 and returned as interim president and chancellor in 2006-07. Under his leadership, Westmont became a nationally ranked liberal arts college. [more]

Upcoming Events

Mens Soccer

Men's Soccer: Wednesday Oct. 7
3:00pm vs. The Master's

Andrea Gurney

Westmont Downtown Lecture: "Wired for Love: The Importance of Early Attachment"
Thursday Oct. 8, 5:30pm more

Womens Soccer

Women's Soccer: Saturday Oct. 14
3:00pm vs. Lindsey Wilson


Reel Talk: "Food Chains"
Thursday Oct. 15, 7pm
Adams 216

Ronnie Lott

Chapel: Oct. 21, Murchison Gym
Ronnie Lott
Four-time Super Bowl Champion

Mens Soccer

Men's Soccer: Saturday Oct. 17
12:00pm vs. Vanguard


Provost's Lecture: Brian Johnson, President, Tuskegee University
Oct. 21, 7pm, Hieronymus Lounge more

Recent Events


August 27-30, 2015. Watch a slideshow from this year's Orientation