Required Courses

Semester-in-Residence students must take two required seminars:

HIST 220: Williamsburg: Colonial and Revolutionary

This seminar offers a comprehensive look at life in the old colonial capital in all its dimensions, from its creation out of "Middle Plantation" at the end of the seventeenth century through the end of the era of the American Revolution. The course will meet once per week for an extended period of time, much of it devoted to explorations of the famous "restored area" of Colonial Williamsburg. It will include behind the scenes tours, reading assignments in a variety of history and material culture fields, evening programs at Colonial Williamsburg, and seminar discussions of every aspect of students' experiences in the course. 


HIST 216: Teaching American History with Historic Sites

This seminar will meet once per week, usually all day, and will focus on museums and historic places away from Williamsburg in the Chesapeake region. Typically, the class will depart Williamsburg by 9am; travel to at least one historic site, museum, or archaeological project; hold discussion "on-site;" continue the day's field trip through the afternoon; and return to Williamsburg in time for an evening meal. Readings in some of the very best literature on early America that scholars have produced over the last fifty years will prepare students for site visits. The writing assignment for this class will be in the form of an on-line journal in which students describe their experiences and reflect on the ways their readings and site visits interact to reaffirm, contradict, or extend their understanding of early American history.