National Institute of American History & Democracy

The National Institute of American History & Democracy (NIAHD) is a partnership between William & Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Since 2002, NIAHD has offered interdisciplinary programs for high school, college, and graduate students who want to focus on American History, Material Culture, and Public History.   

Programs for High School Students:
  • The Pre-College Summer Program in American History immerses rising high school juniors, seniors, and first-year college students in a three-week history course taught "on-site" at the abundant museums and historic places in eastern Virginia. Students earn 4 college credits from William & Mary which are transferable to other colleges and universities.
Programs for College and Graduate Students: 
  • The Program in Material Culture & Public History is a seven-course certificate program that combines museum internships, material culture field schools, and course work in American history and public history. It is open to all William & Mary students.

  • Students from other Colleges & Universities can apply to attend the Program in Material Culture & Public History for either one semester or an academic year on campus at William & Mary.

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