Bachelor of Arts Program

The Bachelor of Arts program consists of 120 credit hours in humanities with emphasis in imaginative literature, natural science, philosophy and religion, and social sciences. The program includes readings which may be selected from the Great Books Foundation anthologies, The Great Books of the Western World, the Annals of American History, and other works by authors listed in the Syntopicon’s Bibliography of Additional Readings which may be available in many popular editions or collections. 

It is the philosophy of Harrison Middleton University to provide the opportunity for a student to study the subjects that interest him or her. The Bachelor of Arts degree program consists of 120 undergraduate credit hours, which include 30 credit hours of general education requirements, The Great Conversation: The Cornerstone Course, 82 credit hours of core coursework, and The Capstone Course. As a student at Harrison Middleton University, you may design a program of study focusing on the subjects or authors that interest you. There are a variety of ways to design your Bachelor of Arts program. You may choose to do an in-depth study of an idea from one of the disciplines of Imaginative Literature, Natural Sciences, Philosophy and Religion, or Social Science, or you may decide to do an in-depth study of specific authors. Additionally you may complete a study of primary source documents from Great Books Foundation publications, or you may choose to study a combination of the three. 

Students design their program of study as the culminating assignment in The Great Conversation: The Cornerstone Course, with the guidance of their Mentor and the Instructional Team. Students at Harrison Middleton University are enrolled in and complete one course at a time. Each course needs to be completed within sixteen weeks. Student courses will consist of a series of telephone or Skype discussions and an end-of-course essay.

The Bachelor of Arts degree at Harrison Middleton University is unique in the way the program is delivered - entirely via distance education - and provides a flexible, individualized, student-designed program of study. In this way, the manner in which the student fulfills the degree requirements can be tailored to each student's individual educational and career goals.

The Bachelor of Arts Program (120 Credit Hours) Consists Of:

  • General Education Program Requirements ~ 30 credit hours
  • HUM 401: The Great Conversation: The Cornerstone Course ~ 4 credit hours
  • Core Student-Designed Program (Humanities) ~ 82 credit hours
  • HUM 402: Bachelor of Arts Capstone Course (student-designed project, practicum, or thesis)  ~ 4 credit hours

Bachelor’s Program Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Bachelor's program, students will be able to:

  • Design, implement, and complete a self-directed program of study in humanities. 
  • Construct logical, coherent, and well-supported verbal and written arguments.
  • Think critically about major ideas in Western thought and engage in discussion about fundamental questions of human existence. 
  • Develop critical, analytical, synthetic, and problem-solving skills through discussion and essay writing.
  • Engage analytically and critically with issues and ideas.
  • Recognize textual ambiguity and theoretical complexity.
  • Design and complete a culminating thesis, practicum, or field project demonstrating the ability to carry out sustained library or field research on a designated topic as well as to synthesize and apply knowledge and skills acquired during the course of study.

The quality of student work is evaluated through: 1) in-depth discussions with faculty members, 2) end-of-course essays, 3) a scholarly paper, applied project, or pedagogical training, 4) and the presentation of the results of the applied project or pedagogical training or the oral examination in defense of a written scholarly paper. Achieving excellence in scholarship requires full participation.

Bachelor's level students should be able to connect the themes in the works being read with the Great Idea(s) they chose in their program of study. This form of study is known as author-to-idea study. They should strive to provide evidence for these inferences and be able to articulate their opinions in discussion. Bachelor's level students should also have familiarity with university level writing and continue to improve their academic and critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Bachelor's students focus on their chosen Great Idea(s) in order to narrow the focus of their reading and allow them to identify and articulate similar themes presented in various types of literature. Students should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of an author's position with respect to the Great Idea(s) or issues raised in the selection and in discussion. Bachelor's level students should master the ability to summarize, compare, and contrast, but their work should also reflect their own thoughts and analyses supported by textual evidence. Students should be able to produce syntheses and to develop insights; that is, not only to understand a particular argument or position, but to move beyond the arguments to draw inferences; to evaluate the evidence, coherence, and the validity of the author's conclusions; to assess the consequences of particular theoretical commitments; and to think critically and logically as well as write persuasively about the Great Idea(s) studied.

"The only good is knowledge, and the only evil is ignorance."
~ Herodotus