- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential, Online
- Provided By: College
- Session Start: June, July
- Session Length: Three Weeks
- Entering Grade: 11th, 12th, College
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Academic
- Sub-Categories: Architecture, Reading, Writing, History, Mentoring, Anthropology, Humanities, Study Skills
- Selective: Yes
- Ages: 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
- Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
- Application Deadline: 06/15/22
- Call: (757) 221-7652
The National Institute of American History & Democracy (NIAHD) at William & Mary offers 3 courses in which students analyze, interpret, and discuss key events in American history and the places where these events took place. Students develop college-level reading and writing skills; participate in seminar discussions; and interact with historians, architectural historians, curators, and archaeologists. Students earn transferable college credit for their work.
History 217: The Road to the American Revolution (Residential)
History 217 begins along the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay where Virginia Indians, English colonists, and enslaved Africans contended for land, power, and control. Throughout the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, interactions between these three groups contributed to colonial politics, religion, society, and culture in Williamsburg and more broadly in Virginia, the largest of Britain’s North American colonies. After years of colonial rule, American colonists, led by men from Virginia, declared independence from England in 1776 and seized victory at Yorktown in 1781. What led Virginians and the residents of twelve other colonies to declare independence, and how did diverse groups of Americans experience the American Revolution?
History 218: The Road to the United States Civil War (Residential)
History 218 starts in Williamsburg where Virginia’s leaders voted to declare independence, Yorktown where the Continental Army defeated Cornwall’s forces, and Virginia’s capital city of Richmond where newly independent Americans wrestled with how to construct their society and government, who would get to participate, and what nationhood and citizenship meant. The choices they made—or which were made for them—shaped the social, political, and physical landscape of Virginia and the new nation in the nineteenth century until sectional cracks burst open in the bloody conflict of the Civil War. What led to this deadly reckoning and what are its legacies in Richmond, in Virginia, and in the rest of the United States?
History 213: Founders and Foundings (Virtual)
From George Washington to Frederick Douglass, iconic individuals have served as conduits of collective memory and shorthands for national identity. Using individual lives of founding figures as the starting point for our investigations, this course investigates two problems at once: the cultural contexts of the revolutionary era in which these individuals argued and worked; and the social processes by which they became remembered by particular groups, in particular ways, to the end of advancing an ambitious and imperfect U.S. democratic experiment. History 213 will emphasize foundational approaches to citizenship, slavery, suffrage, and modernity; and processes underpinning the social construction of U.S. nationalist collective memory and identity since the 18th century.
Cost and Session Information
In Summer 2022, NIAHD will offer both History 217 (Residential) and History 218 (Residential) during the First Session and the Second Session. We will also offer History 213 (Virtual) during the Second Session. Students choose their class and session when they apply to the Pre-College Program.
Session 1: June 19 - July 9, 2022
Session 2: July 10 - July 30, 2022
All three courses are open to all rising high school juniors and seniors, as well as rising college freshmen, regardless of the student’s previous experience taking college classes, and there are no prerequisites for any of NIAHD's Pre-College courses.
NIAHD provides financial assistance to students who demonstrate need. NIAHD does not charge an application fee for any courses offered in the Pre-College Summer Program.
Program Cost: History 217 and History 218 (Residential)
The total program cost for either History 217 or History 218 is $4,700 for US and US Dual Citizen students. International students pay a SEVIS Fee of $200 in addition to the $4,700 program cost.
The payment covers tuition and fees for 4 transferable college credits; all required texts and readings; transportation and admission to historic sites and museums; and room and board during the 3-week program.
International Students – 3/15/22
US and US Dual Citizen Students – 6/1/22
Program Cost: History 213 (Virtual)
The total program cost for History 213 is $2,400 for all students. The payment covers tuition and fees for 3 transferable college credits; all required texts and readings; and admission for virtual visits to historic sites and museums during the 3-week program.
All students – 6/10/22