The National Institute of American History and Democracy (NIAHD), a joint project of the College of William & Mary and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, invites your students to apply to our NIAHD Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History. The highly successful Pre-Collegiate Program accepts students who will be rising juniors, rising seniors, and graduating seniors by this summer. Students earn four hours of college credit for an exciting, in-depth study in early American history. In the past 14 summers they have enrolled more than 1,500 students from 46 states, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America.
They will offer two three-week sessions: June 26-July 16, 2016 and July17-August 6, 2016. Students may take either of the following courses in either session:
- HIS 217: American History from Jamestown through the American Revolution
- HIS 218: American History from the American Revolution through the Civil War.
Students will study early American history “on site” through the use of historic places, including surviving structures, archaeology sites, and museums. Students will participate in daily discussion seminars, analyze readings by acclaimed scholars, expand their analytical writing skills in weekly themes, and compare and contrast historic sites with interpretations by renowned historians. Students will live in a dorm and experience campus life under the guidance of a large William & Mary staff.
They seek highly motivated students who demonstrate a commitment to learning, curiosity about the past, excellent analytical ability, good writing skills, and the potential to thrive in a competitive, structured, discussion-class format. A particular background in American history is not required. An open mind, independent thinking, creativity, and a spirit of adventure are the essential ingredients.
Students may visit their web site at http://www.wm.edu/niahd to download applicable forms including the Application, Teacher Recommendation form, Financial Aid form, and In-State Domicile form. The application requires a short essay plus an official high school transcript. Partial scholarships based on demonstrated need are available.