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Special Programs

Program in Material Culture & Public History

The National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD) is a partnership between the College of William & Mary and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. It is dedicated to the study of the American past, material culture, and museums.

The NIAHD sponsors the Program in Material Culture & Public History. This is a certificate program, combining museum internships, material culture field schools, and coursework at the College of William and Mary. It is open to any degree seeking student in good standing in any discipline at the College of William & Mary.

The NIAHD sponsors special courses in History, American Studies, and Anthropology, many taught by experts from The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in such fields as Historical Archaeology, Public History, and Vernacular Architectural History. Students officially enrolled in the Program in Material Culture & Public History have priority in registering for these special courses, but they are open to any William & Mary students on a space-available basis.

St Andrews Joint Degree Program

Prospective freshmen who know they will major in history may be interested in the Joint Degree Program with the University of St Andrews in Scotland. Students in this program complete two years at each institution and earn a single diploma--a Bachelor of Arts (International Honours)--with the insignia of both institutions.