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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Kearns Goodwin to Speak at Breakfast

Doris Kearns GoodwinDoris Kearns Goodwin, world-renowned presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will speak about “Leadership Lessons from American Presidents” at the 10th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Friday, March 6, from 7-9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. Tickets cost $125 per person and go on sale Friday, Feb. 6, at 9 a.m. on the Westmont website. [more]

Talk to Explore Mommy Bloggers

Dr. Felicia Wu SongFelicia Song, Westmont associate professor of sociology, discusses women who seek to reconstruct their social identities online in a lecture, “More than a Mommy Blogger: Renegotiating Identity in Motherhood and Social Media,” on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The talk, organized by Westmont’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society, is free and open to the public. For more information, please call Professor Paul Delaney at (805) 565­6079. [more]

Poet Brett Foster to Read Works

Dr. Brett FosterBrett Foster, a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, recipient of a PEN American writing grant and winner of the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize, reads his poetry as part of the Westmont Reading Series Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The reading is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Professor Randall VanderMey at (805) 565-7145. [more]

Choral Concert Features Mozart, Haydn

The Westmont College ChoirThe Westmont Choral Masterworks Concert features two great works of the classic period, one from the mind of a 13-year-old genius and the other the crowning work of an old master, on Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 305 East Anapamu St. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, cost $10 general admission, all students are free. [more]

‘Insect Comedy’ Crawls onto SB Stage

PosterNineteen student actors and the same creative team behind the national award-winning 2013 production of “The Pirates of Penzance,” stages “The Insect Comedy or The World We Live In” Feb. 27 at 8:30 p.m., Feb. 28 and March 5-6 at 8 p.m., and March 7 at 2 p.m., all in Westmont’s Porter Theatre. Tickets are $10 for students, seniors and children, $15 for adults, and can be purchased by calling (805) 565-7140. [more]

Talks to Focus on Liberal Arts, Social Good

LectureWestmont’s Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts hosts its 14th annual conference focusing on how a liberal arts education contributes to contemporary society Feb. 26-28. The public is welcome to plenary sessions of “Liberal Arts and the Social Good.” A complete schedule is available online at For more information, please call (805) 565­-6124. [more]

Panel to Examine Presidential Leadership

Dr. Tom KnechtWestmont professors Tom Knecht and Rachel Winslow explore presidential leadership in a free, public lecture on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara Street. No tickets are required; the limited seating is available on a first-come, first­served basis. [more]

Westmont Tops New College Rankings

Westmont fountainTwo new college rankings list Westmont among the top schools in the nation. Business Insider names it one of the 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America, and Princeton Review recognizes Westmont among Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best-­Value Colleges, “the best overall bargains based on cost and financial aid among the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation.” [more]

Exhibition Highlights Rembrandt, Jews

Rembrandt’s “Triumph of Mordecai”Westmont features 21 Rembrandt etchings in an exhibition, “Rembrandt and the Jews: The Berger Print Collection,” Feb. 12-March 28 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art, 955 La Paz Rd., Santa Barbara. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (805) 565-6162. [more]

Alumni, Parents to Visit Querétaro, Mexico

Streets of QuerétaroThe Westmont Office of Alumni and Parent Relations hosts a unique venture to the Bajío region of Mexico for alumni and parents June 27-July 6. The trip, led by Mary Docter, Westmont professor of modern languages, includes stops at several UNESCO World Heritage Sites where Westmont in Mexico students live and learn. [more]

Grotenhuis Estate Gift Will Fund 12 Scholarships Each Year at Westmont

David and Anna Grotenhuis with President Gayle D. BeebeDavid and Anna Grotenhuis have planned a gift from their estate to Westmont College that will endow approximately 12 full-tuition scholarships focused on attracting culturally and ethnically diverse students and rewarding those with extraordinary musical accomplishment. [more]

Young Alumna to Serve World Concern in Burma

Taylor Jashinsky in MadagascarTaylor Jashinsky ’14 will serve as a communications liaison for the next two years in Southern Asia with World Concern, a Christian non-profit committed to developing sustainable communities in poverty stricken areas around the world. [more]

Alum Earns Fulbright to Study Stem Cells

Steven LeeSteven Lee ’13, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors, has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to conduct biology research in Korea. [more]

Researchers Lay Up Diet Tips for Cagers

Drs. Gregg Afman and James BettsAn international collaboration of sports scientists, including researchers from Westmont College, have developed new nutritional practices that could help NBA players prepare for the upcoming season. [more]

Alum Returns as Theater Tech Director

Jonathan Hicks in Westmont’s 2004 production of “Frankenstein”Alumnus Jonathan Hicks ’04 returns to Westmont as the theater department technical director and lighting designer in the fall. Hicks, who taught at Huntington University in Indiana, will oversee set construction, lighting design and other technical aspects of the department. He will also teach two courses each year. [more]

Upcoming Events

mens basketball

Men's Basketball: Jan. 17, 4 p.m., Murchison Gym, Westmont. The men's basketball team hosts Arizona Christian more


Baseball: Feb. 14, 11 a.m., Russell Carr Field, Westmont. The baseball team hosts Biola in a doubleheader more

womens tennis

Women's Tennis: Feb. 20, 12 p.m., Abbott Tennis Courts, Westmont. Women's tennis hosts San Diego Christian more


Concerto Concert: Feb. 20, 7 p.m., Page Multipurpose Room, Page Hall, Westmont. Admission: $10, students: free.

track and field

Track and Field: Feb. 21, 10 a.m., Westmont. Men's and women's track and field hosts the UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine

Ben Patterson

Chapel: Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m., Murchison Gym. Ben Patterson, Westmont campus pastor

womens basketball

Women's Basketball: Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m., Murchison Gym, Westmont. The men's basketball team hosts Hope International more

mens basketball

Men's Basketball: Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., Murchison Gym, Westmont. The men's basketball team hosts Hope International more


Baseball: Feb. 26, 2 p.m., Russell Carr Field, Westmont. The baseball team hosts Corban (Ore.) more

Holly Beers

Chapel: Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m., Murchison Gym. Holly Beers, adjunct professor of religious studies, Westmont

mens tennis

Men's Tennis: Feb. 28, 1 p.m., Abbott Tennis Courts, Westmont. Men's tennis hosts Biola more

womens basketball

Women's Basketball: Feb. 28, 5:30 p.m., Murchison Gym, Westmont. The men's basketball team hosts Biola more

mens basketball

Men's Basketball: Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., Murchison Gym, Westmont. The men's basketball team hosts Biola more

Toya Cooper

Chapel: Mar. 2, 10:30 a.m., Murchison Gym. Toya Cooper, College Council, Westmont

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Chapel: Mar. 6, 10:30 a.m., Murchison Gym. Doris Kearns Goodwin, President's Breakfast Speaker

Westmont Choir

Music: Mar. 6, 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church. Choral Masterworks Concert, admission: $10, students: free


Music: Mar. 7, 7 p.m., Deane Chapel, Westmont. Scholarship Competition

Recent Events

Edee Schulze

Feb. 9 (Chapel): Edee Schulze, dean of students, Westmont