Big History and Liberal Education in the Undergraduate Classroom

Author: Benjamin, Craig
Almanac: Evolution:Evolution and Big History: Dimensions, Trends, and Forecasts


Big History instructors at the university level have long argued that the field of Big History is ideal for teaching the skills and goals of liberal education (Benjamin 2009). The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has articulated a set of learning outcomes that can only be achieved within the context of contemporary liberal education. This article uses student feedback to argue that Big History is the ideal course to help university under-graduate students achieve the set of learning outcomes promoted by the AAC&U.

Keywords:Big History, Liberal Education, undergraduate general education.