In this essay I summarize my motivation and attempt at developing a single semester freshman course for STEM students studying in English in Japan based on the Big History Project narrative. Starting from a mission to teach on the very general theme of "Life and Nature" and inspired by the Big History Project led me to develop of a single-instructor based course. I first describe the course conception and the main motivation for choosing a Big History orientation. Then I provide an overview of its content, some resources and outcome. Finally, I reflect on some common issues and how I handled or embraced some of the possible shortcomings of a Big History to integrate liberal arts disciplines into an undergraduate STEM course. Overall, it led to encouraging student engagement.
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