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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Westmont to Light Up the Pickle Tree

Westmont Pickle TreeWestmont kicks off the Christmas season with the 13th annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Kerrwood Lawn on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. Following caroling and the annual Pickle Address, a mystery tree lighter will throw down the massive switch that lights a 150-foot redwood tree, affectionately known as the Pickle Tree. The event is free and open to the public. [more]

Alumna Examines Pauline Epistles, Gender

Dr. Judith GundryJudith Gundry ’78, research scholar and associate professor of New Testament at Yale Divinity School, examines the teachings of Saint Paul to determine the significance of gender and the role of the sexes in a talk Thursday, Nov. 20, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Winter Hall’s Darling Foundation Lecture Hall (Room 210) at Westmont. [more]

National Tourney Kicks Off at Westmont

Westmont Women's Soccer TeamThe No. 4 Westmont Women’s Soccer team (15-3, 8-2 GSAC), which captured the 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Nov. 14, hosts an NAIA National Championship opening-round game against Ottawa University of Kansas on Saturday, Nov. 22, time TBA. [more]

Viewing Features Celestial Heart, Owl

Westmont ObservatoryThis month’s public viewing of the stars will feature astronomical glimpses of a heart, owl and a Christmas tree on Friday, Nov. 21, beginning after 6:30 p.m. and lasting for several hours at the Westmont Observatory. The free event is held every third Friday of the month in conjunction with the [more]

Thomas Examines Love in ‘Almost, Maine’

Almost Maine posterThe contemporary play “Almost, Maine” takes a joyful and poignant look at love on the stage of Westmont’s Porter Theatre Nov. 14­15, 20­22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 22 at 2 p.m. General admission is $15; $10 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (805) 565­7140. [more]

Christmas Fest Celebrates 10 Years in SB

Westmont orchestraThe Westmont Christmas Festival, one of the most popular holiday events in Santa Barbara, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with performances Dec. 5-6 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6-7 at 3 p.m. all at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets to “Behold I am Making All Things New,” which cost $15 [more]

Musicians Star in November Concerts

Senior bass Luke MizukiWestmont student musicians and composers show off their talents at five free concerts this month, all in Deane Chapel on Westmont’s lower campus. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. [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]

Exhibit Puts the Focus on Artists from SB to LA

Devon Tsuno’s 'Agglomerate Horticulture'Eight area artists who are gaining prominence will show their art in a new exhibition, “ArtWatch 2014: Young Careers – SB to Greater LA,” Sept. 25–Nov. 22 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. An artists’ reception on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 4-6 p.m. at the museum, is free and open to the public. [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]

Museum Acquires Tisi Nativity Painting

Chris Rupp, collections manager of the Westmont Museum, carefully uncrates Tisi’s “La Nativité”The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art is showing off its recent acquisitions, including a painting by Benvenuto Tisi. The unannounced exhibition features works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Mary Cassatt. The museum is not keeping regular hours during the summer, so please call (805) 565-6162 to make sure it is open. [more]

Westmont, Alums Earn 6 Theater Awards

Mitchell Thomas, Casey Caldwell, Marie Ponce, John Blondell and Miller JamesThe Santa Barbara Independent honored six people associated with Westmont at its annual theater awards May 19 at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The 2014 Indy Theater Awards, celebrating the work of the entire Santa Barbara theater community, gave two awards to [more]

Students to Research Sports Science in Bath

Dr. Gregg Afman Seven Westmont kinesiology majors will conduct international research focusing on exercise science in June at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. The students on the Kinesiology Europe Mayterm program, led by Gregg Afman, professor of kinesiology, will assist the ongoing research of James Betts, [more]

Students Awarded for Community Service

Cody Howen, Daniel Johnsen, Paige Clenney, Rob Limkeman, Angela Brown, David K. Winter, Elizabeth Cormode Sarah Gowing, Carly Richardson, Tyler Moore, Tim Wilson and Kyle JorgensenTen outstanding Westmont student leaders earned $1,000 toward school expenses as part of the 14th annual David K. Winter Servant Leadership Awards on April 25. Each spring, the Westmont Student Life Office honors students who show exemplary leadership through service at Westmont and in the community. [more]

Local Artists to Turn Heads in ‘Made You Look’

Keaton Hudson’s “Sea Billows Roll”Meg Cranston, an internationally recognized artist, juries an art exhibition featuring 42 pieces by 29 Tri-County artists May 15-June 21 in the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public opening reception for “Made You Look: Westmont Annual Tri-County Juried Exhibition” is Thursday, May 15, from 4-6 p.m. [more]

Upcoming Events

cross country

Cross Country: Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m., Chase Palm Park. Westmont hosts the Nationball Classic.

Ben Patterson

Chapel: Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m., Murchison Gym. Ben Patterson, Westmont campus pastor

Westmont Orchestra

Music: Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Page Multipurpose Room, Westmont; admission: $10, students: free. Fall Orchestra Concert

Westmont Orchestra

Music: Nov. 2, 3 p.m., First Presbyterian Church; admission: $10, students: free. Fall Orchestra Concert

Men's Soccer

Men's Soccer: Nov. 5, 2 p.m., Thorrington Field. The men's soccer team hosts The Master's for the GSAC Championship first round. more


Fall Preview Days for Prospective Students: Nov. 7. Get a glimpse of college life and discover what makes Westmont unique more

mens basketball

Men's Basketball: Nov. 7, 7:30 p.m., Murchison Gym. The men's basketball team hosts Bethesda.

Women's Volleyball

Women's Volleyball: Nov. 8, 7 p.m., Murchison Gymnasium. The women's volleyball team hosts The Master's. more

Gayle D. Beebe

Chapel: Nov. 12, 10:30 a.m., Murchison Gym. Gayle D. Beebe, president, Westmont

Westmont music student

Music: Nov. 14, 7 p.m., Deane Chapel, Westmont. Composers Concert

Westmont choir student

Music: Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Deane Chapel, Westmont. Vocal Chamber Concert

Westmont music student

Music: Nov. 19, 7 p.m., Deane Chapel, Westmont. Jazz Concert

womens basketball

Women's Basketball: Nov. 21, 5:30 p.m., Murchison Gym. The women's basketball team hosts Goshen (Ind.).

Westmont music student

Music: Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Deane Chapel, Westmont. String Chamber Concert

Westmont Observatory

Observatory: Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., Observatory. Weather permitting, the observatory is open for public viewing. more

Women's Soccer

Women's Soccer: Nov. 22, Time TBA, Thorrington Field. NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship Opening Round. Westmont hosts Ottawa (Kan.) more

Westmont Orchestra

Music: Nov. 23, 7 p.m., Deane Chapel, Westmont. Chamber Orchestra Concert

Recent Events

Mark Sargent

Oct. 29 (Chapel): Mark Sargent, provost, Westmont

Alistair Begg

Oct. 20 (Chapel): Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Ohio

Edee Schulze

Oct. 16 (Lecture): Gender Studies Lecture: "Gender Dynamics at Two Christian Liberal Arts Institutions," by Edee Schulze