Continuing Education Programs

In addition to our degree programs, Harrison Middleton University offers continuing education units in humanities.

As defined by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), “[o]ne (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) equals ten (10) contact hours of learner interaction with the content of the learning activity, which includes classroom, self-paced instruction, pre/post assignments, and/or homework in support of a learning outcome.” For more information about CEUs, visit the IACET website.

Many professionals, including educators, are required to earn continuing education units annually. Continuing education units are also available for students who want to enhance their academic skills for postsecondary education and/or to prepare for the General Education Development tests.

Diploma Program

The Diploma Program provides an opportunity for a student not seeking a degree to study in-depth specific ideas and authors in a liberal arts and sciences educational setting. The program consists of 30 continuing education units in humanities with emphasis in imaginative literature, natural science, philosophy and religion, and social sciences.  The program includes reading and discussion which may be selected from Great Books Foundation anthologies, the Annals of America, the Great Books of the Western World, and other works by authors listed in the Syntopicon's Bibliography of Additional Readings which may be available in many popular editions or collections. The Bibliography of Additional Readings may be found in The Syntopicon: An Index to the Great Ideas II. Selections may be available in many popular editions or collections such as Penguin Classics ( Prices vary by selection. Students can work with their Mentor to choose editions of harder-to-find texts not available in Penguin paperbacks.

A sampling of recent courses taken by Diploma Program students includes:

  • Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus, Prometheus Unbound by Percy Bysshe Shelly, and Frankenstein by Mary Shelly (texts and film)
  • Anthony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare (text and film)
  • Antigone by Sophocles (text)
  • Remorseless Working of Things: three Shakespeare tragedies (MacBeth, King Lear and Hamlet texts and films)
  • Anarchy and Civil Disobedience: Thoreau, Kropotkin, Marx and Engels, Bakunin, Webb Miller, Martin Luther King Jr.

Winter Film Series

Harrison Middleton University invites you to its 2017-2018 film series. Discussions will be held on the following Thursday evenings at 5:00 pm PT/6:00 pm MT/7:00 pm CT/8:00 pm ET:

November 16th- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (text and film)
December 14th- Dr. Strangelove (film)
January 18th- 1984 (text and film)
March 8th - Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (text and film)

HMU faculty member, Gary Schoepfel, will lead the discussions. Participants will read the text and screen a film in advance of the scheduled two-hour discussion, which will then be conducted via conference call using a toll free telephone number that will be provided to participants. You can be anywhere to participate! 

Participants may join one, two, three, or all four discussions. Our discussions are open to the public and we invite new voices to listen and participate. To register please contact


Language, one of the 102 Great Ideas included in the Syntopicon, is integral to studying the liberal arts and great books. As described by Mortimer Adler, “Some of the great books are expositions of logic or rhetoric. None is a treatise on grammar. But they all plainly exemplify, even where they do not expound, the special refinements of the arts of language; and many of them, especially the works of science, philosophy, and theology, and even some of the poetical works, deal explicitly with the difficulties of discourse, and the devices that have been used to overcome them. Language is their instrument, and they are consciously critical in its use” (vol. 1, 725).

In addition to the study of the Great Idea of Language, Harrison Middleton University offers languages through the Rosetta Stone program for continuing education units. For a list of languages available, please see our Catalog.

"We need to witness our own limits transgressed."
~ Henry David Thoreau