Course Offerings

It is recommended that Semester-in-Residence students select their classes from the NIAHD-sponsored elective courses each semester. 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, Decorative Arts, and Music History. Some seats in all of these courses will be reserved for Semester-in-Residence students.


Students may also select from regularly-scheduled classes at the College of William & Mary. Two considerations are important: (1) Registration for the regular courses will be on a space-available basis after regular William & Mary students have made their choices; and (2) Semester-in-Residence students must be careful not to register for classes that conflict with their NIAHD courses, particularly if they select an all-day class.

Semester-in-Residence students may also choose to do an independent study involving research in primary documents as well as deep reading in secondary literature. Students who opt for this course will work closely with an instructor to define a topic, research it, and produce a substantial paper by the end of the semester.

The mix of sponsored courses varies from semester to semester and year to year, but 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