"I enter into conversation and argument with great freedom and ease, inasmuch as opinion finds in me a soil into which it cannot readily penetrate and take root. No propositions astonish me, no belief offends me, however contrary it may be to my own."

~ Michel de Montaigne

Why is Harrison Middleton University right for you?

Personalized Coursework ~ Students design their own programs of study using the Great Books of the Western World

Open Enrollment ~                Students enroll and begin their studies at any time.

Flexible Study ~                    Students continue their education while maintaining a healthy and satisfying balance of work, family, and community.

Choices ~                               Students choose from a variety of degree programs and can design courses using 102 Great Ideas from more than 130 Great Authors. The Great Books of the Western World address nearly 3,000 topics among 102 Great Ideas and the Inventory of Terms contains approximately 2,000 topic suggestions and concepts.

Mentor ~                                Students are assigned a Mentor to guide them from entry to graduation.

Tutors ~                                 Students interact one-to-one with tutors throughout their coursework. The principal role of the tutors is not to expound doctrines in their particular area(s) of knowledge, but rather to promote thoughtful inquiry and the productive exchange of ideas.


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...


2015 Academic Calendar
Harrison Middleton University is closed on the following dates:

January 1, 2015 New Year's Day
January 2-3, 2015 Winter Recess
January 17-19, 2015 Civil Rights Day Recess
February 14-16, 2015 President’s Day Recess
May 23-25, 2015 Memorial Day Recess
June 27-July 3, 2015 Summer Recess
July 4, 2015 Independence Day
September 5-7, 2015 Labor Day Recess
October 10-12, 2015 Columbus Day Recess
November 11, 2015 Veterans Day
November 25-28, 2015 Thanksgiving Day Recess
December 24-30, 2015 Winter Recess
December 31, 2015 New Year's Eve


Upcoming Event: Please join us for the next Quarterly Discussion scheduled for Thursday, April, 16th and Saturday, April 18th, 2015.The April Quarterly Discussions will focus on Imaginative Literature and we will read a portion of Milton's Paradise Lost. If you are interested in participating or would like more information please email Alissa Simon (asimon@hmu.edu).

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.

HMU News: Please join HMU tutors and staff in congratulating Gary Jarvis Waters Jr. on successfully earning his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities. In partial fulfillment of his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree requirement, Mr. Waters submitted an illustrated storybook in verse as the applied project. The title of his capstone project is “Gentlemen Speakeasy”. We wish Gary Waters all the best in his future endeavors!

Classical Pursuits Upcoming Events: Thoughtful Vacations for Inquiring Adults with The world's best literature, art and music as our guides (www.classicalpursuits.com/travel-pursuits/)

Great Books Events & Regional Councils
Click here for a list of Great Books regional councils.

HMU Press Release: Harrison Middleton University earned continued accreditation from the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC - www.deac.org) (formerly the Distance Education and Training Council- DETC). At its January 11, 2013 meeting, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission approved continued accreditation, with no conditions, of Harrison Middleton University through January 2018. Please take time to read the Press Release


For more information about admissions, email registrar@hmu.edu.