"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...


Upcoming Event: Please join us for the next Quarterly Discussion scheduled for Thursday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 25th, 2014. The October Quarterly Discussions will focus on Philosophy and Religion. The readings for these discussions will be provided. If you are interested in participating in either of these discussions 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 graduates Dr. Edgar Daniels and Dr. Philip Stewart on their induction into the Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society, the premier national honor society for America’s accredited distance learning institutions. The Society encourages and recognizes superior student academic achievement, character and leadership.

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/)

Isle of Awe
Iceland – Reykjavik and other towns
August 30 – September 8, 2014 (9 nights)

The land of dreamy dreams that defies “objective” reality
New Orleans, Louisiana
October 7 – 14, 2014 (7 nights)

Great Books Events & Regional Councils
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November 14-16, 2014 –Philadelphia Great Books Fall Institute

Click here for a list of Great Books regional councils.

HMU Press Release: Harrison Middleton University earned continued accreditation from the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC - www.detc.org). At its January 11, 2013 meeting, the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council 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.