Graduation Requirements


All candidates will receive an Application for Degree three semesters prior to completing the requirements for the degree. This is typically during the second semester of their junior year.
The Student Records Office will initiate the application, though the student may also initiate it by filling out a request form in the Student Records Office or by obtaining the request form on the Web.

  1. Program Evaluation and Application for Degree on WebAdvisor will indicate :
    1. Total units completed.
    2. Total units remaining to be completed.
    3. General education requirements remaining (including those in progress).
    4. Number of units outside major completed.
    5. Cumulative GPA at time Application for Degree is distributed.
    6. Major GPA at time Application for Degree is distributed.
  2. Instructions to complete the Application for Degree will be sent to the student who will then meet with advisor for evaluation of degree requirements.
  3. Student and major advisor should:
    1. Indicate how and what term general education requirements will be completed.
    2. List major courses that are remaining to be completed in major. Only list courses numbers for courses that are specifically required, e.g., PHI 170 (4). If major units are elective only, indicate as: e.g., upper division Philosophy (4).
    3. Check GPA in upper-division major courses (student must have a 2.00).
    4. Plan for remainder of “outside major” units, if any.
    5. Check to be sure that at least half of upper division units in major have been or will be completed at Westmont.
    6. Check units remaining to complete degree, to be sure student is planning not only for general education and major, but also for sufficient units.


The senior residency requirement may be satisfied in one of two ways:

  1. The final two semesters (minimum 12 units each term) prior to graduation must be taken at Westmont or in a Westmont program
  2. 32 of the last 40 units for the degree must be completed at Westmont (fall or spring semester or Mayterm) or a Westmont approved off-campus program.


  1. Minimum of 124 units.
  2. To encourage academic breadth, sixty (60) of the total units must be taken outside the major department.
    1. For all majors, required courses outside the major department may be counted in the 60.
    2. For interdepartmental majors, courses taken outside the department of highest concentration may be counted.
    3. The department is defined according to catalog prefix (PSY, BIO, etc.).
    4. For cross-listed courses, units are counted according to the prefix under which the student registers for the course.


A Minimum grade of “D-” is required to satisfy all General Education Requirements.

I. Common Contexts
Common Contexts courses must be taken at Westmont College or at an approved institution similar to those in the Christian College Consortium. For transfer students, the Common Contexts requirements are prorated at one course in each of the two subcategories for each full year of attendance at Westmont until either graduation or the subcategory has been completed.

A. Biblical and Theological Canons
1. Life and Literature of the Old Testament
2. Life and Literature of the New Testament
3. Introduction to Christian Doctrine
B. Introduction to the Christian Liberal Arts
1. Philosophical Reflections on Reality, Knowledge, & Value
2. World History in Christian Perspective


II. Common Inquiries – Courses satisfying each of the 8 categories. A student may elect, as a one-time option, to use one qualified course to satisfy two Common Inquiries areas.

A. Reading Imaginative Literature
B. Exploring the Physical Sciences
C. Exploring the Life Sciences
D. Reasoning Abstractly
E. Performing & Interpreting the Arts
F. Thinking Globally
G. Thinking Historically
H. Understanding Society


III. Common Skills

A. Three writing-intensive or speech-intensive courses:
1. Writing for the Liberal Arts
2. Writing/speech within the major
3. Writing/speech outside the major
B. Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning
C. Modern / Foreign Languages
D. Physical Education (four 1-unit courses) Fitness for Life plus three activity courses. For transfer students, the Physical Education requirement is prorated at one course for each full year at Westmont College. In any case, Fitness for Life is required, At total of 8 PE Activity units, at the rate of 1 course per semester, may be applied to the degree.


IV. Compassionate Action (effective Fall 2015)

Complete one of the following two options:
1. Serving Society; Enacting Justice
2. Communicating Cross-Culturally

Note: Although mathematics competency is no longer a GE requirement, students who do not have three years of high school mathematics, including Algebra II, or who have not satisfied the requirement by means of their Math SAT I score of 550 or an ACT Math score of 22, must successfully complete (C-) a Westmont-approved mathematics course (College Algebra and above) at a community college or other institution of higher education. The units from this course will be transferable to Westmont. Until this requirement is met, students will not be allowed to enroll in any mathematics classes at Westmont.


The student must complete the academic major requirements outlined in the catalog that was in place at the time of their initial enrollment at Westmont, or an alternative major as approved by the Academic Senate; reapplicants may petition for catalog of current entry.



1. A minimum 2.0 (C) grade point average for all courses taken at Westmont is required.
2. A minimum 2.0 (C) grade point average in all courses of the major (and minor if applicable) program is required.



Honors at graduation are awarded as follows:

Cum Laude:


Magna Cum Laude:


Summa Cum Laude:


Graduation honors are determined from the cumulative GPA earned at Westmont and from Westmont sponsored off-campus programs. A minimum of 56 units must be completed at Westmont (including Westmont sponsored off-campus programs) to be eligible for graduation honors. Graduation honors and awards announced at Commencement are based on the cumulative GPA at the conclusion of the preceding fall semester. The honors printed on the diploma and transcript are based on the cumulative GPA at the time all academic work has been completed and posted to the academic record.


Degrees are awarded in December for those who finish at the end of fall semester and in May for those who finish at the end of spring semester. Students who finish their degree requirements in a summer session will be awarded a degree in August.