Pre-College Program in American History

Start Your Future by Studying the Past...

The National Institute of American History & Democracy (NIAHD) is proud to host the Pre-College Program in American History at William & Mary.

This unique program offers high school students an opportunity to live and study at William & Mary for three weeks during the summer. Students will earn 4 hours of transferable college credit studying American history right where it happened.

What sets the program apart from your typical history class is that students travel daily to the museums, battlefields, archaeological sites, homes, and places where history lives. They will talk with professional historians and curators, and learn not only the history of America but what's being done to preserve it. Students also participate in an active archaeological dig and get their hands dirty looking for 18th-century artifacts.

A background in American history is not required, however, an open mind, independent thinking, creativity, and a spirit of adventure are essential.

At Fort Monroe near Hampton, VA, Pre-College students in the History 218 seminar discuss topics regarding events that led up to the Civil War.