In Our Students' Words

In Our Students’ Words

Lifelong Learning

“I cannot imagine a better education for this stage of my life and personal development. My ability to think critically and examine and defend my ideas has grown dramatically through this rich program.”

M. Bryant, Current Doctor of Arts Student (2018)

“The rhythms of independent study followed by discussion and reflection with difficult texts, challenge me to be a lifelong learner and to compassionately understand the struggles that my students face as learners.”

J. Reynolds, Doctor of Education Graduate (2017)

Primary Source Documents

"Reading the very words of the Great Authors presents to me the chance to come to my own understanding of what they were saying versus someone else’s. It was rare for me as both an undergraduate and graduate student to read whole texts of an important author in philosophy or theology. Much of the time it was excerpts. Now that I am working on my Doctor of Arts I have been given the opportunity to read entire texts of the Great Authors. It has given me a wonderful insight into them, their thinking, and to see how it has influenced others. I highly recommend this program to anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of the Great Books and the Great Authors!"

J. Kral, Current Doctor of Arts Student (2017)

Personalized Coursework

"As a mother, home educator, curriculum developer, teacher, and co-founder of an online literature academy, I have found my experience at HMU an invaluable opportunity to pursue my personal and professional interests in literature and writing. From creating coursework to shaping discussions to writing formal, literary analyses, HMU has placed me in the driver’s seat of my own education."

M. Andrews, Master's Program Graduate (2016)

Why a Liberal Arts Education?

"After working many years as a Spanish linguist, I came to the realization that a liberal arts education was the best choice to pursue. I completed a Master of Arts in Humanities at HMU, and then decided to apply for the D.A. program. Why choose a liberal arts education instead of a specialized program? The interdisciplinary nature of a liberal arts education provides the opportunity to explore ideas across subject matters that will allow me attain a well-rounded education that that will define me as a person and as a professional."

G. Narvaez, Current Doctor of Arts Student (2019)

"But my journey continues, however, and HMU is still part of that story. Since I completed my MA with HMU, I gained another MA from a large research university.  At this point, I knew I wanted to get a doctoral degree and further my career in education.  The question for me, was do I want get a very narrowly focused Ph.D. from a research institution or get a doctorate that reflects the depth and breadth of learning grounded in the great minds that over the course of centuries have collectively struggled with perennial issues and can be applied in many different fields? With these two choices in mind, I chose to return to HMU." 

D. Seng, Master of Arts in Humanities Graduate & Current Doctor of Arts Student (2017)

Tutors, Mentors, and Portfolio Evaluators

"The intellectual and emotional support of faculty can make all the difference in student success. The personal attention given by Harrison Middleton University is outstanding and is one of the reasons I continue to recommend the school to my colleagues at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

Harrison Middleton University is a model educational institution for the 21st century. While students learn independently from a distance, the administration, faculty and staff are always close and ready to offer support.”

E. Iselin, Doctor of Arts Graduate (2018)

"My experience with HMU tutors has been outstanding, each one has been professional, knowledgeable, and encouraging.  They have consistently pushed me into deeper and to more significant critical reflection and thinking.  As a result, I have grown as a student and scholar.  The discussions are a significant part of the learning process.  The tutors always take me far beyond the factual content and urge me to reflect rationally and critically about the fundamental issue each reading addresses.  The shared inquiry model has been most helpful in the application of the Socratic method and I have been able to incorporate it into the classes I teach with excellent success.

D. Seng, Master of Arts in Humanities Graduate & Current Doctor of Arts Student (2017)


"I am delighted at how useful my HMU work has been and continues to be. In the final stages of my Capstone Project, I was frequently using material from the project to work with my fellow local educators in our context, and I was simultaneously receiving feedback from them about our work together, which helped me to refine and improve my project. HMU's balance of form and flexibility is extremely helpful for working with chaotic elements of public education. Having just finished the degree program, I feel greatly equipped to continuously improve my effectiveness as an educator."

J. Reynolds, Doctor of Education Graduate (2017)

Would you recommend Harrison Middleton University to a friend?

"…the result for me has been a growing confidence in my ability to read, think, and articulate ideas, and, I hope, the signature self-knowledge and empathy that accompanies the honest study of any classic. I would recommend HMU to anyone with an inquisitive mind who desires a larger community in which to study the great ideas of man."

M. Andrews, Master's Program Graduate (2016)

All things considered, are you satisfied with your studies at Harrison Middleton University?

“Insight, challenge, growth and intellectual contentment are the immediate words my mind forms when I contemplate my time at HMU.

HMU provided the opportunity to grow, learn and enlarge my view of the world and the people within it. The Tutors were always informative, supportive and challenging. Our discussions contained moments of enlightenment in parallel with tremendous moments of challenging mental inspiration. The writing was thought-provoking and the Tutors provided great comments with an additional depth of insights.

Dr. Deacon provided leadership and encouragement in all aspects of the program. The HMU curriculum provided superb learning I will carry with me in all aspects of my life as an executive and beyond. Thank you HMU.

R. Reider, Doctor of Arts Graduate (2019)

"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us."
~ Marcel Proust