Sponsored by the National Institute of American History & Democracy, a joint project of the College of William and Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Williamsburg Semester-in-Residence Program and Year-in-Residence Program provide an interdisciplinary approach to early America stressing the use of historic places as a means of understanding the past.
Semester-in-Residence and Year-in-Residence students register for a full academic load of four three-credit courses at the College of William and Mary (per semester). Two of the courses are required. Two courses are electives. Students may select elective courses from any of the regularly-scheduled courses at the College, most of which are open to them on a space-available basis and subject to normal prerequisites and scheduling concerns. Of particular interest to Semester-in-Residence students, the NIAHD sponsors several special elective courses in History, Anthropology, American Studies, and Music. These courses include not only early American History per se, but Architectural History, Historical Archaeology, Decorative Arts, and Music History. Semester-in-Residence students may also choose as their elective class an independent study course in which they work with a faculty member to design and write a substantial research paper. Year-in-Residence students will enroll in the Collegiate Program in Early American History, Material Culture and Museum Studies Program along with William and Mary students. They take four courses each semester including the required Core Course in Public History, the Field School in Public History which is a semester internship, plus a material culture field school. They choose their remaining courses from NIAHD elective classes.
The program is available to undergraduates in any major, as well as to graduate and professional students, at colleges and universities world-wide who would like to spend either a fall or a spring semester in residence at the College of William and Mary, one of the country’s most distinguished institutions of higher education.