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 in Top 100 for 8th Straight Year

Westmont in Top 100 for 8th Straight Year

Westmont remains in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the eighth straight year. “America’s Best Colleges, 2017 Edition” lists Westmont as tied for No. 99 out of the nation’s 239 liberal arts colleges. Only eight other liberal arts colleges in California appear in the top 100 [more]

Film, Talk to Expose Border Challenges

Film, Talk to Expose Border ChallengesWestmont’s Reel Talk series explores the difficult issues associated with immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. in Adams Center room 216. Following the film, “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” there will be a panel discussion with five Westmont faculty and staff members who took part in a U.S. Border Immersion Faculty [more]

Staged Reading Explores Immigration

Staged Reading Explores ImmigrationWestmont College Festival Theatre launches the first of three staged readings by international playwrights to explore diverse global issues on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Porter Theatre. “Nocturnal,” written by Juan Mayorga and directed by Mitchell Thomas, Westmont professor of theater, is free and open to the public. “Westmont is taking a college-wide [more]

Faculty Recital Features Sonos Winds

Faculty Recital Features Sonos WindsThe fall 2016 Westmont Faculty Recital, featuring the Stravinsky Trio and the four-member Sonos Winds, is Friday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The trio includes Han Soo Kim (violin), Joanne Kim (clarinet) [more]

Congressmen Examine Bipartisanship

Congressmen Examine BipartisanshipCongressman Frank Wolf, a Republican who represented Virginia in the United States House of Representatives for 34 years, and Ambassador Tony P. Hall, a Democrat who represented Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives for more than 20 years and served as U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.’s Agencies for Food and Agriculture, discuss the importance [more]

Chapman Explores Immigration in Britain

Chapman Explores Immigration in BritainAlister Chapman, a British expat who serves as professor of history at Westmont, offers his European perspectives on how immigration has changed the continent Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. The Paul C. Wilt Phi Kappa Phi Lecture, “Immigration: The Best Thing for Britain Since Sliced Bread?” [more]

Talk to Comb ‘Sustainable Beekeeping’

Talk to Comb ‘Sustainable Beekeeping’Paul Cronshaw, president of the Santa Barbara Beekeepers Association, explores the critical ecological importance of bees in agriculture at a lecture Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in Westmont’s Founders Dining Room. “Sustainable Beekeeping 101,” the first lecture in Westmont’s Sustainability Speaker Series, is free and open to the public. The Santa Barbara Beekeepers help [more]

Panel Talk to Explore ‘What is Gender?’

Panel Talk to Explore ‘What is Gender?’Amanda Sparkman, assistant professor of biology, Sameer Yadav, assistant professor of religious studies, and Meredith Whitnah, assistant professor of sociology, examine the ways gender might be defined in their respective disciplines on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in Hieronymus Lounge at Westmont’s Kerrwood Hall. “What is Gender?” co-sponsored by the gender studies program and [more]

Upcoming Events


Orientation: August 22 - 24
Move-in Day: August 25
First Day of Classes: August 29 more


Women's Soccer vs. Embry-Riddle
Saturday, September 10
12:00pm, Thorrington Field


Men's Soccer vs. UC Merced
Saturday, September 10
3:00pm, Thorrington Field


Erasmus Lecture:
Dave Tell
The Emmett Till Memory Project
Thurs. Sept. 8, 7pm more


Women's Soccer vs. Bethesda
Wednesday, September 14
3:00pm, Thorrington Field

Westmont Observatory

Public Viewing
Friday, September 16 at 7:30pm


Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art Exhibit:
Women Sculptors
July 19 - October 1 more


Constitution Day Lecture
Derek Muller
Sept. 19, 3:30pm


October 14-16