At-Large Courses

Beyond the core courses, field schools, and internships, students must take at least four additional courses that relate in some way to early America, material culture, or museums. Many of these courses will be cross-listed between two or more departments. There is no specific list of approved courses. Collegiate Program students may select from any courses offered in any department that bear on early America, material culture, or museums.  The Director of the Collegiate Program can confirm whether a particular course meets the requirement.


The NIAHD sponsors several special courses in History, Anthropology, American Studies, and Music that are especially applicable as electives. These courses include not only early American History per se, but Architectural History, Historical Archaeology, Material Culture, and Music History.

Some seats in all of these courses will be reserved for Collegiate Program students.

The mix of sponsored courses varies from semester to semester. Although not all courses will be offered in any given semester,  the NIAHD currently sponsors these courses:

HIST 214 - The Era of Jamestown

HIST 215 - The World of Thomas Jefferson

HIST 216 – A Tale of Three Cities: Jamestown, Williamsburg, Yorktown (historic sites course)

HIST 217 - The Founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution (historic sites course)

HIST 218 - The American Revolution through the Civil War (historic sites course)

HIST 219 - Era of the American Revolution in Virginia (historic sites course)

HIST 220 - Colonial and Revolutionary Williamsburg

HIST 400 - Colonial and Revolutionary Virginia

HIST 401 - Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia

HIST 402 - Thomas Jefferson in America and the World

HIST 403 - Archaeology of Colonial Williamsburg and Tidewater Virginia

HIST 404 - Foodways and the Archaeological Record

HIST 405 - History of Museums and Historic Preservation-US 1850-Present

HIST 406 - Architectural History Field School

HIST 407 - Field School in Material Culture

HIST 408 - NIAHD Field School in Public History

HIST 409 - Public History

HIST 410 - Early American Architecture

HIST 413 - Colonial Revival in America