At Harmel, men work to connect their trade to the philosophy and theology of work; their work to an understanding of human flourishing; and their understanding of human flourishing to the universal call to holiness. Key to this is a careful study of the humanities. And while we do this through a careful study of the humanities, our study is, above all, grounded in the real circumstances of a real life.
At Harmel, the humanities are not disconnected disciplines. They are simply a variety of approaches to the same question: “what does it mean to be human?” Our goal is not to produce academics, but men with well-formed imaginations who are prepared to think deeply and act prudently their entire lives. Here is what makes our humanities programs distinct:
Students in our gap-year programming (FSS) take a two-semester cycle of courses titled Skilled Stewardship. This cycle of classes is designed to help men discover the base vocations of manhood, specifically with an eye toward the responsibilities, adventure, and love for which he was created. By studying stories of heroism, tragedy, and virtue, men will find examples of those “skilled stewards” who God used to build communities of peace, charity, and creativity.
Part One: Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Horizon
Part Two: Mind and Matter
Part Three: Death to the World
Part One: A World Outside Your Head
Part Two: Tools of the Trade
Part Three: For the Life of the World
Apprentice-track students (MST, ELE) take a four-semester cycle of Humanities classes named God and Man at Work. This cycle of classes is designed as a continuous thread of thematic study where, through study, discipline, habit, and reflection, men learn to see their calling as men, workers, and family men as an apprenticeship in the Way that is Christ himself.
Part One: Man as Wanderer – Lessons on living in a post-Christian world
Part Two: Man as Apprentice – Learning to conform one’s life to Christ
Part Three: Man as Worker, Priest, Adorer – Learning to orient work and life to the Eucharist
Part One: Man as Husband – Finding our vocation as husbands & fathers
Part Two: Man as Maker – Finding our vocation as co-creators/laborers in the Lord’s vineyard
Part Three: Man as House-Manager – Finding our vocations as servants of a larger community
Part One: Man as Father – Man’s call as strengthener, leader, and cultivator of the common good
Part Two: Man as Brother and Son – Learning the virtues that enable solidarity.
Part Three: Man as Citizen – Learning the practical wisdom that safeguards subsidiarity.
Part One: Man as Sinner – Learning to persevere in holiness.
Part Two: Man as Saint —Deepening one’s life of prayer and charity.
Part Three: Man Deified – Learning to live in memory of heaven and the call to divine intimacy.
“What sold it for me was the humanities program. Frankly, I think that’s one of the most unique points of the school. It shows that you can be both a pious, learned man and also a hard worker with your hands. I think that’s very unique.””