"I enter into conversation and argument with great freedom and ease, inasmuch as opinion finds in me a soil into which it cannot readily penetrate and take root. No propositions astonish me, no belief offends me, however contrary it may be to my own."

~ Michel de Montaigne

Why is Harrison Middleton University right for you?

Personalized Coursework ~ Students design their own programs of study using the Great Books of the Western World

Open Enrollment ~                Students enroll and begin their studies at any time.

Flexible Study ~                    Students continue their education while maintaining a healthy and satisfying balance of work, family, and community.

Choices ~                               Students choose from a variety of degree programs and can design courses using 102 Great Ideas from more than 130 Great Authors. The Great Books of the Western World address nearly 3,000 topics among 102 Great Ideas and the Inventory of Terms contains approximately 2,000 topic suggestions and concepts.

Mentor ~                                Students are assigned a Mentor to guide them from entry to graduation.

Tutors ~                                 Students interact one-to-one with tutors throughout their coursework. The principal role of the tutors is not to expound doctrines in their particular area(s) of knowledge, but rather to promote thoughtful inquiry and the productive exchange of ideas.


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 books, great ideas, great conversations, distance learning university that offers undergraduate and 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.

We invite YOU to join the conversation...


Upcoming Event: Please join us for the next Quarterly Discussion scheduled for Thursday, April 24th and Saturday, April 26th, 2014. The April Quarterly Discussions will focus on Imaginative Literature. The readings for these discussions will be provided. If you are interested in participating in either of these discussions or would like more information please email Alissa Simon.(asimon@hmu.edu).

HMU News: 

The Remorseless Working of Things

A Harrison Middleton University Film Series

Harrison Middleton University invites you to its inaugural film series, The Remorseless Working of Things. This 2014 spring event will explore three of Shakespeare's great tragedies: Macbeth, Hamlet, and King Lear.

For additional information click here.

HMU News: Please join HMU tutors and staff in congratulating Dr. Edgar Roth Daniels and Dr. Philip Noel Stewart on successfully earning their Doctor of Arts degrees! Dr. Daniels submitted the following applied project in partial fulfilment of his Doctor of Arts degree requirement, titled: “SJC 100: The 7 Deadly Sins and SJC 100: The Civically Engaged Individual. Two College Level Courses Designed to be Taught for St. Joseph’s College Freshman Year Experience.” Dr. Stewart submitted the following dissertation in partial fulfilment for the requirements of the Doctor of Arts degree: “Virtue is not Virtue: An Examination of Ethics Ancient and Modern.” We wish Dr. Daniels and Dr. Stewart all the best in their future endeavors!

Classical Pursuits Upcoming Events: Thoughtful Vacations for Inquiring Adults with The world's best literature, art and music as our guides (www.classicalpursuits.com/travel-pursuits/)

19th century art, literature, and music in Moscow and St. Petersburg
Moscow and St. Petersburg
April 2 – 13, 2014 (11 nights)

A week at Toronto Pursuits is a week immersed in discussion of books, art and ideas
July 13 - 18, 2014 (5 nights)

Isle of Awe
Iceland – Reykjavik and other towns
August 30 – September 8, 2014 (9 nights)

The land of dreamy dreams that defies “objective” reality
New Orleans, Louisiana
October 7 – 14, 2014 (7 nights)

Great Books Events by Date:
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April 4-6, 2014 –Asilomar

April 25-27, 2014 –New England Great Books Spring Institute

May 18, 2014 –Philadelphia Great Books Spring Institute

June 8, 2014 –Long Island Great Books Spring Discussion

June 20-22, 2014 –Pacific Northwest Great Books Institute

July 27 to August 2, 2014 –Great Books at Colby

November 14-16, 2014 –Philadelphia Great Books Fall Institute

Great Books Ongoing Councils:  Workshops for educators through the Great Books Foundation. For more information click on a link.

Great Books Foundation Workshops

Beverly Hills Great Books Discussion Group

Cambridge Public Library Discussion Group

Chicago Public Library Discussion Group

Colby College

Houston Great Books Council

Long Island Great Books Council

Northwest Great Books Council

Pacific Northwest Great Books Council

Philadelphia Great Books Council

Great Books of San Francisco

San Francisco Public Library Great Books Meetings

St. John's Formal Lecture Series (Annapolis)

Tampa Bay Area Council

Thomas Aquinas College Lecture Series

Wheaton, IL Public Library Great Books Group

HMU Press Release: Harrison Middleton University earned continued accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC - www.detc.org). At its January 11, 2013 meeting, the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council approved continued accreditation, with no conditions, of Harrison Middleton University through January 2018. Please take time to read the Press Release


For more information about admissions, email registrar@hmu.edu.