Convention says that you have to choose between scholarly knowledge and scriptural truth. But that’s like using only half your brain, or relying on only half the information.
Here, you’ll pull from both. You’ll layer biology, psychology, and every other ology on top of theology until you’re so immersed in knowledge that deeper thinking becomes second nature.
The NerdScholar website quotes Silvio Vazquez, dean of admissions at Westmont, on the value of a liberal arts education:
"The liberal arts create a scholarly community where professors and students learn and study together, building lifelong relationships with people from backgrounds different than their own. Small classes promote lively, thoughtful discussions and allow teachers to know their students and work with them individually."
Focusing your education too narrowly to prepare for a specific career can backfire because the job market changes rapidly, says Peter Cappelli in the Wall Street Journal story. He suggests, “Go to college to get a well-rounded education and worry about the job market after graduation.”
An opinion piece from the New York Times argues that a liberal arts education best prepares graduates for a rapidly changing world and job market. “I keep hearing the same thing from potential employers: ‘We love students with liberal-arts degrees.’”
Critics of the liberal arts are wrong, says a Time magazine article. “Students should be prepared not just for their first job but for their fourth and fifth jobs . . . The ones who will do best in this new environment will be those whose educations have prepared them to be flexible.”
We’ve developed a unique cycle of global learning for our own programs to help you make the most of your cross-cultural experiences. You’ll spend a semester studying the region before you leave. While you’re there, Westmont professors will guide your learning. When you return, a re-entry seminar will help you embrace, apply and share your insights.
Westmont prepares you to be a global citizen equipped to make an impact in the world. About 70 percent of our students spend a semester off campus or overseas, choosing from more than 65 programs.