Harrison Middleton University is a distance education school founded on the principle that liberal arts education can be attained through the study of “great books of the western world.” Founded in 1998 as an alternative to traditional college education, Harrison Middleton University is a fully accredited university and offers graduate and post-graduate degrees online. Harrison Middleton University’s master of arts and doctor of arts degrees are philosophy degrees designed to promote scholarship in humanities and western cultural tradition. The doctorate program applies the humanities study to education. Coursework is based on the shared inquiry or Socratic method of learning, whereby participants search for meaning within each assignment and discuss fundamental questions with instructors and tutors. It is a method to interact with the author and instructor to extract meaning and application from the text.