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.
Christian
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.
Residential
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.
Undergraduate
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.
Global
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.

What Makes a Westmont Education Distinctive?

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  • Global

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New Professor Teaches Medieval Literature

Professor Jamie FriedmanJamie Friedman, who joins Westmont as an assistant professor of English this fall, became fascinated by medieval studies when an English professor visited her history class to discuss Beowulf, the Old English epic poem. “He had us beat on the desks while he chanted the verse,” Friedman says. “The content of the poem and the sounds reverberated in my gut, and I was hooked.”[more]

New Professor Enjoys a Change of Scenery

Professor Robert HamelRobert Hamel, who joins Westmont as an assistant professor of theatre arts this fall, was a Lutheran pastor for 25 years, but says theater has always been in his family. His wife, Susan, is a theater professional, and together they staged theatrical events in churches. Most recently, Robert organized summer theater shows in Iowa City, Iowa, raising money for ELCA World Hunger Appeal and Bread for the World. Through one show, they were able to raise funds to build a dormitory at a Tanzanian seminary.[more]

Construction Complete For Fall Classes

Students file into Winter Hall on the first day of classWorkers put finishing touches on two new buildings, Adams Center for the Visual Arts and Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics before students arrived for the fall semester. Faculty in four departments moved into their new offices in mid-August.[more]

U.S. News Ranks Westmont in Top 100

US News College CoverFor the second straight year Westmont has ranked in the top 100 of the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges according to U.S. News & World Report's "American's Best Colleges, 2011 Edition." Of the nation's 266 liberal arts colleges that emphasize undergraduate education, Westmont has placed in the top tier at 99. This is the sixth straight year the college has ranked in the most prestigious group. [more]

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US News College CoverFor the second straight year Westmont has ranked in the top 100 of the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges according to U.S. News & World Report's "American's Best Colleges, 2011 Edition." Of the nation's 266 liberal arts colleges that emphasize undergraduate education, Westmont has placed in the top tier at 99. This is the sixth straight year the college has ranked in the most prestigious group. [more]

Nazarenko Joins Westmont as New Dean

Tatiana NazarenkoTatiana Nazarenko, former dean of instruction and assessment liaison at Centralia College (Wash.), is Westmont’s new dean of curriculum and educational effectiveness. Nazarenko’s predecessor, Professor Ray Rosentrater, will return to full-time teaching. Nazarenko, who has studied in five countries and has more than 20 years of college-level teaching and administrative experience, will work with the development and assessment of curriculum in all academic areas. [more]

Westmont Professors Win Indy Awards

Miller James, Mitchell Thomas, John BlondellThe Santa Barbara Independent honored Westmont Theater Arts Professors Mitchell Thomas, John Blondell and Miller James with Indy Awards at the Lobero Theatre May 24. The annual theater awards recognize excellent work done in the local region.[more]

Gallery Announces Art Winners

Artist Joshua CaveAt the May 20 opening reception of “Views and Visions: Travelers” at Westmont’s Reynolds Gallery, Santa Barbara photographer Barbara Parmet won Best of Show, sponsored by Northern Trust, and $1,000 for her photograph, “Trinidad, Cuba.”[more]

Upcoming Events

Shauna Niequist

Shauna Niequiest, Sept 15, Chapel at 10:30 a.m., Author of the immensely popular book, "Cold Tangerines," more

Telescope

Observatory Public Viewing Sept 17, 7:30 p.m., Observatory. Weather permitting, the observatory is open for public viewing. more

Recent Events

Gayle Beebe

Chapel: Watch the video of chapel from Wednesday, September 1. Westmont president Gayle Beebe spoke.

Ben Patterson

Chapel: Watch the first chapel of the year with campus pastor Ben Patterson.