The interdisciplinary minor in Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS) uses a liberal arts perspective to reflect on, understand, and influence education in society.

Interested in education?

Become an ESS Minor!

Study important questions, including:

  • What is the purpose of education?
  • How does the history of the US educational system contribute to its present form and goals?
  • Are educational opportunities equitable for all?
  • What factors influence educational achievement?
  • How do students learn and which classroom and teacher factors influence learning?
  • How does education contribute to the development of the "good" citizen and the "just" society?

Contact the ESS Office to learn more.




Juniors! How are you planning to fulfill your capstone requirement-- through the Senior Seminar, ESS Senior Thesis, or a thesis in your major? Email Ann Berends with your one sentence answer.



Seniors!  Save the Date: Graduation Reception, May 16, 2014, 10:00am-Noon, Remick Commons


ESS Senior Associate Director Maria McKenna was a recent speaker on TEDxUND, where she talked about "Connecting the Dots: Caring Education, Joyful Learning, and Human Integrity."  See more about her inspiring and informative presentation here.



Arts education is lacking in low-income areas of NYC, putting at-risk kids at an even greater disadvantage.  Here's what leaders are trying to do about it.

Education has been forgotten in the juvenile justice system.  Read more.