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Phone: (805) 565-6060
Fax: (805) 565-7399

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955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Kerrwood Hall, First Floor

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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.

FY StudentsThe 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.

Fall 2016 First Year Seminars:

"Come to the Table: Lessons from the Garden on Spirituality & Community," Shannon Balram

"Creativity and Innovation," Rachel Winslow

"Developing Life-Long Habits as Christian Pilgrims," Chris Call

"Flourishing and the Liberal Arts," Lauren Kelley

"Leadership," Angela D'Amour

"Our Environment," Aaron Sizer

"Multi-Sport," Tim Van Haitsma

"Multi-Sport," Meagan Stirling

"Stewardship," Daniel Clapp

2015-16 First Year Seminars

IS-015-1, "Sustainability," Wayne Iba

IS-015-2, "Place & Belonging," Molly Riley

IS-015-3, "California, Then & Now," Greg Orfalea

IS-015-4, "Christian Spirituality: A Taste of Traditions," Sarah Stanley

IS-015-5, "The Politics of Film," Thomas Knecht

IS-015-6, "Social Media and Me," Felicia Song

IS-015-7, "Happiness," Beverly Chen

IS-015-9, "Home," Aaron Sizer

IS-015-10, "Leadership," Angela D'Amour

IS-015-11, "Multi-Sport," Tim Van Haitsma

IS-015-12, "Stewardship," Daniel Clapp