Graduation Date


Document Type

Master's Thesis



Degree Name

Master of Arts

Program Name


Program Director

Joan Baranow, PhD

First Reader

Harlan Stelmach, PhD

Second Reader

Joan Baranow, PhD


The purpose of this paper is to provide a critical examination of Big History at Dominican and offer some retrospective suggestions for any possible future first year experience programs.

I reflect on Big History texts, critical papers and books as well as my own experiences and interviews with others. My research and reflections suggest that big history pedagogy failed to convey sufficient meaning and purpose to students. The actual value of the big history pedagogy was compromised by confusing and unnecessary elements of the main text. I conclude that big history pedagogy should culminate in sustainability studies. It is there students will find both meaning and practical application. An example is offered.