This course will use the Big History Project framework to weave evidence and insights from many disciplines across 13.8 billion years into a single, cohesive, science-based origin story. The concept arose from a desire to go beyond specialized and self-contained fields of study to grasp history as a whole. Big History explores how we are connected to everything around us and where we may be heading. It provides a foundation for thinking about the future and the changes that are reshaping our world.
Big History challenges students to think critically and broadly and tries to ignite a passion for inquiry. Access to a wide variety of learning resources encourages exploration. Students practice critical reading and writing skills through investigations, projects, and activities, and gain a strong interdisciplinary foundation, which provides a useful context for understanding world events in the past and present.