History (HIST)

Chairman: William J. Mendel
Professors: Harvard Sitkoff, Jolavar ab Tokath, Laurel Ulrich, Zervik

The past is the key to understanding the present. The Academy History Department stresses how the Federation's past influences current society and politics, and how the histories of other worlds molded the situations existing today. The department sponsors several trips and guest lecturers for encourages cadets enrolling in pertinent courses to attend. Most cadets take HIST 105 to fulfill their requirements of one course in historical perspectives.

HIST 105. Introduction to Federation History

A survey of the history of the United Federation of Planets, beginning with first contact between Earth and Vulcan, continuing through Federation Day 2161 to the modern day. Provides historical perspectives on the development and evolution of Federation society. Students experience major historical events through holographic simulations and write weekly papers on the impact these events had in the development of the Federation as a whole. Students are required to attend weekly guest lectures on specific topics relating to Federation history.

HIST 212. History of Starfleet

Development of Starfleet from the Federation's founding to the present day. Focus on Starfleet as an exploratory , diplomatic, and defense organization, and its use as in instrument of Federation policy and ideals Emphasis on major achievements of Starfleet and Starfleet personnel. This course includes a field trip to the Museum of Starfleet History as an introduction for further research. Each student chooses a single Starfleet mission or officer and prepares a detailed report on that subject for class presentation.

HIST 371. Museum Studies

Introduction to the theory, methods, and practice of museum studies in history. Examination of various museum functions as well as contemporary historical controversies regarding museums, including the Smithsonian Institution on Earth, the Vulcan Historical Museum, and the Betazed Institute for Historical Preservation.

HIST 423. Quantitative Methods for Historians

The historian's use of computers, databases, and statistics; opportunities and problems using an analyzing multiple quantitative sources; elementary statistical techniques; practical functions involving computer and application programs; computer-assisted modeling of historical conditions and events. Students develop and present a complete historical analysis using computer resources and applications.

HIST 478. Telepathic Historiography

The recovery and analysis of historical events through the memories of individuals present at those events. Presents the theory, development, and practice of telepathic memory retrieval, along with the cataloging and analysis of such data, with a focus on successful programs such as that of the Ullian memory historians. Course includes field study of memory retrieval as well as laboratory work. Telepathic ability is not required for this course.