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.

Even after graduating with my Doctor of Arts degree in 2014, I knew I didn’t want my relationship with Harrison Middleton University to end. I wanted more of what the University offered. I wanted more opportunities to enjoy focused, close reading of great literature, I wanted more opportunities for Shared Inquiry based discussions with skilled tutors, and I wanted more opportunities to promote the lifelong learning behavior that was so important to me. I was happy to discover that Harrison Middleton University’s Diploma Program offered me all these opportunities and more.

~ E. Daniels, Current Diploma Program Student (2018)

Quarterly Discussion

Quarterly Discussions are open to students, prospective students, graduates, faculty, and friends of HMU. Please join us in conversation! For more information, e-mail

2018-2019 HMU Film Series - American Greats

Nothing blows up. Not a single car chase. It all takes place on earth. No one changes shape, disappears, or leaps a tall building in a single bound. All remain fully clothed. And there is a conspicuous lack of those words your mother used only when playing field hockey. However, there are four reasons you may want to join us: Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier, Katherine Hepburn, and Dustin Hoffman.

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. HMU faculty member, Gary Schoepfel, will lead all four discussions. Participants will read the text and screen a film in advance of the 90 minute scheduled discussion, which will then be conducted via conference call using a toll free telephone number provided to participants. You can be anywhere to participate! Participants may join one, two, three or all four discussions.

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 Once registered, additional information on the texts, films, and call-in information will be provided.


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