Harrison Middleton University believes that the study of the liberal arts is both timeless and timely because it focuses on the persisting questions of human existence and bears directly on the problems we face today. At a time when more and more adults are recognizing the benefits of lifelong learning, the Great Books of the Western World provides the medium in which to search for fundamental knowledge and unifying ideas.

Harrison Middleton University is a great ideas, great works, great conversations, distance learning university that offers graduate education in the humanities with concentrations in imaginative literature, natural science, philosophy and religion, and social science. Harrison Middleton University promotes student-faculty scholarship through research, discussion, and the development of collaborative publications.

HMU News

HMU Announces New President

Harrison Middleton University is pleased to announce that Joseph Coulson, PhD, will be joining the university as the new President and Chief Academic Officer on July 1, 2018. Dr. Coulson is a novelist, poet, and playwright and is the former President of the Great Books Foundation. "It is a great honor to join the HMU community," he says, "where I have had the privilege through the years of working with some of the finest educators and students imaginable. I'm looking forward to advancing the academic innovation that HMU values."

In addition to Dr. Coulson's work as an author and as President of the Great Books Foundation, he served in schools for seventeen years as a classroom teacher, English Department Chair, senior administrator, English professor, and Director of Teacher Training and Professional Development. Read the full press release regarding Dr. Coulson’s appointment. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Coulson!

HMU Summer Recess
The university will be on summer recess June 30–July 7, and will reopen Monday, July 9, 2018.

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Upcoming Events

Featured Summer Events

July Quarterly Discussion
St. Augustine’s City of God is worthy of much discussion, which is why we will focus on it in our July Quarterly Discussion. Whether it is your first time reading Augustine, or your hundredth, we invite you to join us on either Thursday, July 26th at 4 pm PT or Saturday, July 28th at 9 am PT. The discussions last 1.5 hours as we attempt to answer a few questions about this work. E-mail asimon@hmu.edu to register or with questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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HMU: Dialogues

May 2018 Biannual Newsletter

Harrison Middleton University's biannual publication shares information about student graduations and publications, and celebrates student, faculty, and staff achievements! Please share your achievements and submit them to asimon@hmu.edu.

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HMU: Blog

Join the Conversation

At HMU, we want to continue the great authors' conversations in a contemporary context, and our blog will help us do that.

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Featured Graduate

Dr. John Reynolds, Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado

“My work with Harrison Middleton University has been and continues to be extremely helpful. Harrison Middleton University's balance of form and flexibility empowers a teacher to grow personally and professionally without having to leave one's community. The degree program has equipped me to serve my students, my fellow educators, and my community.”

– Dr. John Reynolds

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Shared Inquiry

Selection from a Syntopical Discussion

The "Shared Inquiry" or Socratic method is at the heart of Harrison Middleton University's teaching methodology. Participants in the Shared Inquiry process search for meaning, for answers to fundamental questions of human existence raised by primary texts. In the course of conversation, students will work to interpret the primary text, employing critical skills, and bringing their own insights and experiences. Throughout their studies, students will have a series of one-to-one discussions (via telephone or Skype) with tutors over the coursework they designed. Click below to listen to a selection from a syntopical discussion between HMU Tutor Dr. Marcus Conley and HMU Ed.D. student John Reynolds. The discussion as a whole explores the Great Idea of Truth as addressed by authors such as Augustine, Barth, Locke, Bacon, Mill, and Descartes. In the following selection, the participants consider the different attitudes toward figurative language by Locke and Augustine, then begin to discuss the notion of discipline according to Descartes and Bacon.