First Year Seminars at Westmont College
The First Year Seminar (IS-015) will introduce you to many of the core values of a Westmont education. It provides you an opportunity to explore ideas and develop your own perspectives within a small community of learners—a great way to get to know a professor and your peers during your early weeks at Westmont.
The goal is that the seminar will enable you to gain confidence in your own inquiries, to develop your own voice, and to hone your thinking and writing skills. In this seven week, 1 unit course, you will have the pporutinity to share thoughts about common readings, practice the art of civil discourse, and reflect on the purposes of a Christian liberal arts program.
The First Year Seminar models an approach to learning where we probe ideas rather than memorize facts and seek understanding rather than simply pursue grades. The Seminar also emphasizes learning from one another rather than relying on the professor as the sole authority. Our hope is that you will find this intellectual community enjoyable and invigorating—and that it will help prepare you effectively for the rest of your college education.
Each First Year Seminar at Westmont is organized around its own specific theme.