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.

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Columnist Brooks Speaks at Commencement

Commencement 2014David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times and political analyst on “PBS NewsHour,” will speak at Westmont’s Commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. on Carr Field. President Gayle D. Beebe presents the Westmont Medal in honor of all the local organizations that serve our community by assisting individuals and families facing enormous financial and personal challenges every day of their lives. Rolf Geyling, president of the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, will be recognized for his strategic and effective leadership of the Rescue Mission and will accept the award. [more]

Jupiter Remains in Focus for Viewing

The Westmont College ObservatoryJupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is the subject of this month’s free public viewing of the stars Friday, April 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Westmont Observatory. The best viewing generally occurs later in the evening. In case of inclement or overcast weather, please call the Telescope Viewing Hotline at (805) 565-6272 and check the Westmont website to see if the viewing has been canceled. [more]

Westmont Presents Theater on the Fringe

Lindsey Twigg and Connor Bush performed in the 2014 FringeA record number of students have collaborated to produce 28 different pieces of original theater, dance, performance art and film in Westmont’s largest Fringe Festival April 16-17, 19 at 7 p.m. and April 18 at 3 p.m., all beginning at Porter Theatre. Festival passes ($15 general admission, $10 students/seniors) or daily tickets ($10 general admission, $7 student/seniors) are available online at www.westmont.edu/boxoffice. For more information, please call (805) 565-7140. [more]

SB Marks 100 Days to Special Olympics Games

SB Marks 100 Days to Special Olympics GamesThe 100-day countdown to the start of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games begins April 16. The largest sporting event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics, the 25-sport competition takes place July 25 through Aug. 2, 2015, with 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries. [more]

‘Soul Surfer’ Inspires at Westmont Chapel

Bethany Hamilton (photo by Donald Brubaker)Bethany Hamilton, whose autobiography, “Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board,” inspired the 2011 film “Soul Surfer,” spoke to more than 1,200 people in a special chapel service April 10 in Westmont’s Murchison Gym. [more]

Conference Focuses on Moral, Effective Leadership

Dr. Ron WhiteAbraham Lincoln. Peter Drucker. Bill Gates. These iconic leaders continue to make a profound and pivotal impact on American thought and culture. “Lead Where You Stand: Lessons for Leaders from Lincoln, Drucker and Bill Gates,” a three-day conference at Westmont College, will offer key insights into an enduring challenge: How do we develop the capacity to respond in timely, principled ways to the multifaceted challenges of effective leadership? [more]

Senior Art Show Features a ‘Maker’s Dozen’

Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of ArtThirteen graduating art majors will display their capstone art projects April 9-May 9 at the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. A free, public reception opens “Maker’s Dozen: Westmont Senior Art Exhibition 2015” on Thursday, April 9, from 4-6 p.m. [more]

Westmont Hosts Famed Pianist Primakov

Vassily PrimakovRenowned Russian pianist Vassily Primakov, who recently released a new, two-CD album, “Chopin: 51 Mazurkas,” performs Saturday, April 25, at 3 p.m. in First United Methodist Church, 305 E. Anapamu St. Tickets cost $25 for general admission; $20 seniors; $10 student and group (eight or more); and may be purchased at the door or by calling (805) 565-6040. [more]

Westmont Opens Downtown Program

President Gayle D. Beebe and Rick Ifland teach Seminar in Executive LeadershipWestmont Downtown, a new, semester-long academic program focusing on capital and social entrepreneurship, opens May 1 in downtown Santa Barbara on the third floor of 26 W. Anapamu Street in the Hutton Parker Foundation Building above the Fund of Santa Barbara. [more]

Carlsbad Violinist Wins Scholarship

Jonathan WongViolinist Jonathan Wong of Carlsbad earned top honors at the third annual Music Guild Competition March 7, where six high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships. Wong won the Guild Scholarship, receiving up to $10,000 in annual music scholarships funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont. Significant music scholarships were given to the other contestants: violinists Mirah Ray of San Anselmo and Sierra Farrar of Denver; pianists Merckx Dascomb of Santa Ynez and Kennedy Hahn of Beaverton, Ore.; and vocalist Kathryn Ogata of Santa Ana. [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]

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]

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Upcoming Events

baseball

Baseball: Feb. 14, 11 a.m., Russell Carr Field, Westmont. The baseball team hosts Biola in a doubleheader more

Ben Patterson

Chapel: Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m., Murchison Gym. Ben Patterson, Westmont campus pastor

womens tennis

Women's Tennis: Mar. 7, 11 a.m., Abbott Tennis Courts, Westmont. Women's tennis hosts Nevada more

mens tennis

Men's Tennis: Feb. 28, 1:30 p.m., Abbott Tennis Courts, Westmont. Men's tennis hosts Amherst (Mass.) more

baseball

Baseball: Mar. 19, 3 p.m., Russell Carr Field, Westmont. The baseball team hosts William Jessup more

track and field

Track and Field: Mar. 20, Westmont. Men's and women's track and field hosts the Westmont Collegiate Classic. Schedule

Spring Sing

Spring Sing 53rd Anniversary: Mar. 21, 6:30 p.m., Santa Barbara County Bowl. Buy tickets through the parents website

womens tennis

Women's Tennis: Mar. 26, 12 p.m., Abbott Tennis Courts, Westmont. Women's tennis hosts Arizona Christian more

mens tennis

Men's Tennis: Mar. 26, 2 p.m., Abbott Tennis Courts, Westmont. Men's tennis hosts Arizona Christian more

womens tennis

Women's Tennis: Mar. 27, 2 p.m., Abbott Tennis Courts, Westmont. Women's tennis hosts Xavier (La.)more

mens tennis

Men's Tennis: Mar. 28, 2 p.m., Abbott Tennis Courts, Westmont. Men's tennis hosts Xavier (La.) more

track and field

Track and Field: April 3-4, 11 a.m., Westmont Track. Men's and women's track and field host the Sam Adams Combined Events.

choir

Music: April 12, 7 p.m., First United Methodist. Choir Tour Concert

Paul Angone

Chapel: April 15, 10:30 a.m., Murchison Gym. Paul Angone, author

baseball

Baseball: April 17, 3 p.m., Russell Carr Field, Westmont. The baseball team hosts The Master's more

choir

Music: April 12, 7 p.m., First United Methodist. Choir Tour Concert

Students playing instruments

Music: April 22, 7 p.m., Deane Chapel. Jazz Concert

Recent Events

Gayle D. Beebe

April 8 (Chapel): Gayle D. Beebe, Westmont president