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...

HMU News

Please join HMU tutors and staff in congratulating James W. Keller on successfully earning his Bachelor of Philosophy and Religion. Mr. Keller submitted a capstone project titled "Exploring Eden", which is a dialogue about the second and third chapter of Genesis, the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and the prohibition to eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The dialogue between the two characters represents the process of Shared Inquiry and delves into the underpinnings of the ethical system of Torah.

On June 25, 2015, Harrison Middleton University was approved by the Arizona SARA Council to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education http://nc-sara.org/states/az

For more news click here.


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

Upcoming Events

The next Quarterly Discussion will be held Thursday, January 21st and Saturday, January 23rd, and will focus on Natural Science. For this discussion we will read Book I from Euclid's Elements paired with Chapters I-IV of Alfred North Whitehead's Introduction to Mathematics. Quarterly Discussions are conducted on a conference call. You can be anywhere to participate! If you are interested in participating or would like more information please email Alissa Simon (asimon@hmu.edu).

For information on Harrison Middleton University continuing education programs, upcoming events with our partners, and Great Books Councils click here.  

Meet an
Outstanding Graduate

Dr. Edgar Daniels
Levittown, New York

“I continue to be impressed with Harrison Middleton University’s educational philosophy and the manner in which they put it into practice.  I would recommend the school without hesitation to anyone seeking a meaningful, rewarding, and ultimately life enriching educational experience.” 
Dr. Edgar Daniels

Click here for additional information on Ed.

HMU: Dialogues

Harrison Middleton University’s bi-annual publication shares information about student graduations and publications, and celebrates student, faculty, and staff achievements! Click here to read the current edition of HMU: Dialogues

To receive our newsletter directly please email information@hmu.edu.


Shared Inquiry

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.