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

Congratulations to Recent Graduates

Harrison Middleton University congratulates graduates Dr. Ellin Iselin, Jason Luerssen, and Dr. Rodney Reider on their induction into the Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society, the premier national honor society for America’s accredited distance learning institutions. The Society encourages and recognizes superior student achievement, character, and leadership.

Upcoming University Holiday

Please note that the university will be closed December 22-January 6 for the Winter Recess. All telephone calls and e-mails will be returned on the following business day.

Fellowship in Ideas

The HMU Fellowship in Ideas is a writing and discussion project in the humanities designed for a recent university graduate from any field who has an interest in the humanities, interdisciplinary dialogue, and intellectual and professional enrichment. Read more about the Fellowship in Ideas. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be requested to participate in an interview, either by telephone or Skype. The successful applicant will be notified by Harrison Middleton University on or before December 1, 2018.

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Upcoming Events

Featured Fall & Winter Events

January Quarterly Discussion
You are invited to Harrison Middleton University's January Quarterly Discussion. Our natural science selections include a short piece from Archimedes and G. H. Hardy's "Mathematician's Apology." Consider spending 1.5 hours getting to know these works a little bit better. We have discussions available (via conference call) on either Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 4-5:30 PST or Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 9-10:30 am PST. Email asimon@hmu.edu for more information and with questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Winter Film Series - American Greats
Harrison Middleton University invites you to its annual film series. This 2018-19 winter event will explore a variety of texts and films by several American Greats. Discussions will be held on Thursday evenings at 5:00 pm PT/6:00 pm MT/7:00 pm CT/8:00 pm ET. The first discussion will be held on Thursday, November 8th.

November 8th - A Streetcar Named Desire (text and film)
December 6th - A Raisin in the Sun (text and film)
January 10th - A Long Day’s Journey Into Night (text and film)
March 7th - Death of a Salesman (text and film)

To register please contact rfisher@hmu.edu. Once registered, additional information on the texts, films, and call-in information will be provided.

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HMU: Dialogues

November 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

Missy Andrews, Rice, WA

“HMU gave me the opportunity to pursue literature and the Great Ideas by structuring a program that reflected my individual interests and goal. The university’s pedagogical approach of reading, writing, and discussion presses the student into conversation with the Great Authors and a community of readers and thinkers… I came away from my studies at HMU having imbibed the ideas of the Great Authors, rather than a group of scholars who claim to speak for them. I was challenged to interact with primary works, supporting my own understanding with textual references, rather than with secondary criticism.”

– Missy Andrews

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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.