A Story for Everyone
Explore 13.8 billion years of shared history and consider the big questions about our Universe, our planet, life, and humanity. From the big bang to modern day to where we are going in the future, big history covers it all.
The Big History Project is ultimately about
understanding our shared history
Big history is a story everyone should know.
It's a universal, scientific origin story that is relevant to anyone and everyone.
2011 TED Talk
Want a teaser for the course? Take an 18 minute
tour of the history of our universe.
The best part? Take the course, pass our fun quizzes, and become a certified big historian.
Earn badges along the way. Collect all 9 and we'll send you a big historian sticker.(U.S. and Australia only. Limit first 10,000.)
This course is a companion project to our school program, which is open to all educators.
The Big History Project is a free, online course that tells
the story of our Universe and humanity.
Developing a framework to help people learn about anything and everything. It's inherently
interdisciplinary – combining the best of social studies, humanities, and science.
- It will take about 6-8 hours to complete the core material and quizzes
- The content mixes great editorial with videos, infographics, and imagery
- Features leading academics and experts in a range of fields
- Optional quizzes test your knowledge along the way
We’re all connected to a larger story told through the lens of science, humanities and the arts - one that is still unfolding.
Big History Project is a responsive web experience that is available on any connected device, it works on most smart phones, and is great on a tablet too. Experience the Big History Project anywhere.
Big history features engaging videos, articles, and interactive content from renowned scholars, across a variety of disciplines.
Mark your progress through big history by earning badges. Earn all nine to become a big historian. We’ll send you a sticker to show off to your friends.
Who is behind the Big History Project?
BHP works with a wide range of educators, scientists, writers, curriculum experts, and artists to bring the ideas of big history to life and provide students of all ages with unique views into different fields of knowledge. Special thanks to our leading "big historians"
Our incredible pilot school teachers
More than 200 teachers from across the US and Australia have helped big history get off the ground and flourish. Their contributions of lesson plans, content ideas, teaching tips and pedagogy have been indispensable. See schools list.
David Christian, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
A Professor of History at Macquarie University, David Christian is the father of big history, having built out a widely taught college-level course. David crafted the course's narrative and is the star of many BHP video lectures.
Bob Bain, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Bob Bain is Associate Professor of History and Education at the University of Michigan. Bob has overseen all curriculum design and delivery for the classroom course, with an emphasis on assessments and standards.
Our deepest appreciation is also extended to the incredible group of guest experts that have sat tirelessly for film sessions, content reviews, and thought-provoking interviews. See About Big History Project for more info.