National Institute of American History & Democracy

The National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD) is a partnership between William & 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 & Mary students, students from other colleges and universities, and high school students.   

Programs for High School Students:
Programs for William & 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 William & 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 & 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 William & Mary Summer Session.

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