The Curriculum

Minimally, students must complete seven courses. These courses provide instruction in early American history, public history, material culture, and the various aspects of museums.

These courses include:

  • the required core course in Public History
  • at least one of the three NIAHD field schools in material culture, architectural history, or colonial archaeology
  • a semester-long internship for credit
  • plus at least four at-large courses taken in any discipline or combination of disciplines that relate to American history, material culture, or museums.  


All courses used to satisfy the requirements of this program must be taken in residence at the College of William and Mary. However, students may use coursework done at William and Mary prior to entering the program to satisfy requirements.

Each semester, there will be additional formal and informal opportunities for professional development. These will range from brown-bag lunches, to performances, to exhibits, to lectures.