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The Curriculum

The certificate in Material Culture & Public History requires the following combination of courses and for-credit internships: 

  • Public History Lab (HIST 409), the core course in public history 
  • Architectural Field School (HIST 406) OR Material Culture Field School (HIST 407) OR Archaeological Field Methods (ANTH 225), practical methods classes in the study of objects and the built environment 
  • Internship Field School in Public History (HIST 408), a for-credit internship with a classroom component 
  • Four at-large courses, to be selected from the NIAHD Course Offerings or assembled from a combination of other relevant courses with a demonstrable engagement with 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 requirements for the NIAHD certificate.  Students may also use coursework completed at William & Mary before they joined the NIAHD program to satisfy requirements.  

You may find it helpful to download this fillable checklist to plan and track your certificate progress.

Students in Prof. Carl Lounsbury's Early American Architecture class pose at the Bray-Digges House where they learned how to "read" the architectural construction and building materials of the house.