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The Curriculum

Students arrive at St. John's Church in Richmond, VA

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 historical 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 public history and/or material culture

All courses used to satisfy the requirements of this program must be taken as part of a student’s coursework at William & Mary.  Students can use courses taken during NIAHD’s Pre-College Program in American History or the St. Andrews Joint Degree Programme to fulfill the certificate requirements.  Also, students may use coursework completed at William & Mary before they join the NIAHD program to satisfy requirements.