Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS) is an interdisciplinary minor that uses a liberal arts perspective to understand and influence education in society. If you're interested in the program, email Ann Primus Berends to make an appointment.


Interested in questions like these?

  • 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?

Education matters. Whether you aim to be a physician or phys ed teacher, an attorney or an accountant, a professional athlete or a parent, you will never be far removed from education in our society. 

Become an ESS Minor! 

Contact Ann Primus Berends to learn more.




Announcements, Events, and Opportunities


ESS Seniors/SB School Administrators Dinner, Remick Commons, Wednesday (9/2), 5:00-7:00 pm. Whether or not you have your research planned, this event is a great way to connect with education experts in our area. 


SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE FORUM (Free), Wiekamp Hall, Indiana University-South Bend, Saturday (9/12), 9:00am - 4:00pm. Click here for more information.



Robinson Community Learning Center needs a full time AmeriCorp member starting summer 2016.  Email Velshonna Luckey, or call her at 574-631-3312.

The Indiana Institute for Working Families is seeking a full time research associate. The job would be perfect for someone with data skills who's passionate about public policy that positively impacts Hoosier families. Click here for position details. Apply by sending resume, cover letter and writing sample to