Spring, Summer, & Fall Westmont in San Francisco
Make the beautiful and challenging city of San Francisco your classroom!
At Westmont in San Francisco, you’ll spend a semester with a living-learning community open to all majors while interning in the city and studying an exciting curriculum focused on global studies. Join 20-25 students living in an historic Victorian mansion in the heart of the city, where you’ll work for organizations serving populations such as the homeless and refugees or for financial and technology companies. Take classes in economics, sociology, theology or literature that satisfy general education requirements and offer effective and meaningful Christian engagement with the poor and the marginalized throughout the world. Grapple with the big questions: Who am I? Who is my neighbor? What is God calling me to do? The community gathers on Tuesday evenings so professors and students can cook for each other and worship and read Scripture together. Our students report that their transformational experiences have shaped their lives well beyond college.
Outstanding faculty, leading researchers, and public writers eager to integrate faith with rigorous academic work and Christian practice teach a range of course, including these offerings for the spring 2020 semester:
- Global Poverty and Economic Development
- 21st-Century Technology and the Meaning of Life
- Sociology of Migration and Urban Poverty
- Faith, Poverty, and Justice
Application deadline is November 1, 2019.
Open to students of all majors, sophomores through seniors. Priority will be given to students who apply by the deadline. Email email@example.com to learn more about the program.
Application deadline is December 1, 2019
An elaborate Victorian mansion, the Clunie House is located on the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park a few blocks from the famous Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Its unique setting (only three miles from downtown and four miles from the Pacific Ocean) allows you to immerse yourself in life and culture of the city. Using nearby public transportation, you can explore the city's many attractions and commute to various internship sites. The Haight-Ashbury, Inner Sunset, Inner Richmond, Japantown, Pacific Heights and Castro districts are minutes away. Golden Gate Park begins directly across the street and features green space and areas for outdoor recreation. Pursue endless possibilities with the city of San Francisco at your front door!
At the beginning of the semester, training sessions with Career Development & Calling staff will prepare you to search for an internship and equip you with skills such as resume-writing and interviewing that you'll also find helpful in your professional endeavors after college. You'll meet with professors to identify possible internships in San Francisco, and you'll complete three interviews at various placement sites before choosing an internship.
Required Courses (all semesters)
Satisfies GE Serving Society
This 8-unit course is centered on participation in an internship related to the professional and vocational interests of each student. Internship opportunities exist for students of all majors. The amount of major credit received is determined by departmental guidelines and the type of internship selected. Components of the course include attendance at all placement orientation workshops during the first week of the semester (for Fall/Spring only); interviewing with at least three agencies/organizations prior to selecting an internship site; development of a detailed learning contract in consultation with one's site supervisor; and engagement with regular reading and writing assignments aimed at the reflective integration of theory and praxis.
The internship is accompanied by a required weekly seminar.The purpose of this required seminar is to enable students to critically engage and reflect on their daily internship experiences in renewed faith-based ways. The course is designed to foster a deeper understanding of personal-vocational identity. Through guest speaker presentations and shared dialogue on common workplace dynamics, this course seeks to help students discover what it means to live faithfully amidst a range of complex and diverse settings while integrating a Christ-centered perspective
Satisfies GE Thinking Globally
Examination of the issues of world poverty and economic development including income distribution, capital formation, informality, law and corruption, international trade, foreign aid, globalization and multinationals, financial crises, population growth, gender issues, agriculture, and education. An emphasis is placed on the neoclassical economic principles and economic evidence that point to causes of poverty and the path to economic development.
3 Units Anticipated (Spring, 2020); Dr. Russell Jeung
Sociology of Migration and Urban Poverty explores the 1) transnational; 2) demographic; and 3) sociological dimensions of contemporary, urban poverty. Using San Francisco and Oakland as our laboratory, students will conduct community-based, participatory research not only to unpack the underlying factors of poverty, but also to develop solutions with low-income communities. Special attention will be paid to refugee and immigrant communities of color.
3 Units Anticipated (Spring, 2020); Dr. Joshua Moritz
According to theologian Brent Waters, technology, “is the way we live and move and have our being in today’s age.” How does our deep immersion in technology impact our Christian faith? What ways of wisdom and righteousness should guide our daily engagement with multi-media? How can we navigate a course so that the devices that we possess do not in turn come to possess us? How can we use the gifts and blessings of technology to nurture and transform deeper Christ-centered community while avoiding the deepest pitfalls of technologies temptations? In this class we will explore how our immersion within digital technologies impacts the meaning of our own lives and how we live out our Christian faith. We will examine various theories regarding the nature of technology and how those theories contribute to our understanding of what it means to be human. Considering a number of theological perspectives and themes as they relate to digital technologies we will also examine the ethical challenges that various technologies raise as they hinder or enrich human flourishing.
4 units Anticipated (Spring, 2020); Brad Berky
Course description and any GE credit yet to be determined.
1 Unit (Spring, 2020) PEA GE credit; Brad Berky
This course is designed to help Westmont in San Francisco students stay active and healthy while offering opportunities to explore the landscapes, streetscapes & local opportunities for indoor physical activities throughout the City. Involvement in this course will give students practice in exploring new urban spaces, in minimizing your impact on resources, and in discovering how some forms of exercise can help navigate the stress of urban living.
As needed, students may take courses at City College San Francisco to fulfill their academic requirements. Please note this may require arriving earlier or leaving later in the semester to accommodate the CCSF academic calendar. Students must get consent from WSF faculty before enrolling in courses. More information can be found on the City College of San Francisco website.
Faculty & Staff
Bruce joined Westmont in San Francisco as the new director this fall. He is a highly esteemed writer and scholar, and an advisor and builder of church, parachurch, and nonprofit programs. His new book Shrewd Samaritan: Faith, Economics, and the Road to Loving our Global Neighbor was published in 2019 by Thomas Nelson (HarperCollins).
With over twenty years with Westmont in San Francisco, Brad is the Director and Professor of Urban Practicum. He was a student the program and has been a faculty member since 1990, thus providing him with a unique depth of insight and experience around what makes a semester in San Francisco so transformative.
Kristen oversees the marketing and operations of the program. After spending a year and half with the program in 2016-2018, she is so excited to be back!
The cost of the program matches the cost of a semester on Westmont’s campus (tuition, fees, room and board). Yes, financial aid applies even if you have studied abroad already or plan to go abroad in the future. Consider a semester in San Francisco as Westmont off-campus housing.
Find additional information about Westmont in San Francisco at the Off-Campus Programs Office on your home campus. Download and read the WSF Student Handbook, which will answer a lot of your questions and prepare you for your time in San Francisco.