National Institute of American History & Democracy

The National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD) is a partnership between the College of William and Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. It is dedicated to the study of American History, Public History, Material Culture, and Museum Studies. Students take NIAHD programs as part of their preparation for careers in teaching, museums, and other aspects of history and public history.  The Institute sponsors programs for William and Mary students, students from other colleges and universities, and high school students.   

Programs for High School Students:
  • The Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History offers high school juniors and seniors a three-week academic history course with  college credit at the College of William and Mary.  Courses are taught "on site" at the abundant  museums and historic places in eastern Virginia. 
Programs for William and Mary Students: 
Programs for Students from Other Colleges and Universities:  
  • The Semester-in-Residence Program is a four-course program which gives students from other colleges and universities the opportunity to study early America for a Fall or a Spring semester at the College of William and Mary. Students take courses taught "on site" at many historic places, including Colonial Williamsburg.

  • The Year-long Collegiate Program invites students from other colleges and universities to participate in The Collegiate Program in Early American History, Material Culture, and Museum Studies along with William and Mary students (see above) for an academic year.

  • The Collegiate Field School in the Methods of Architectural History  offers instruction for college students in Vernacular Architectural History methods as part of the College of William and Mary Summer Session.

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