The interdisciplinary minor in Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS) uses a liberal arts perspective to reflect on, 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?

Become an ESS Minor! 

Contact the ESS Office to learn more.


Announcements, Events, and Opportunities!

FRIDAY, NOV 21 (Noon-1): Lunch and Learn for Sophomores/Juniors. Hear from a few of our seniors about their research, and from a guest about summer internship opportunities and post-graduation discernment. Juniors, this one's mandatory, but note that we will feed you!  Remick Commons (ACE Building)
Thursday, Nov 20 (4-5 pm): Role of Independent Schools in America's Educational Landscape: Featuring Chris Gunnin, Head of the Upper School at Trinity Valley School (Fort Worth, TX). Remick Commons (ACE Building) 
Thursday, Nov 20 (7-9 pm): EduClub will highlight how to get involved in education during your time at ND (e.g., ESS minor, SMC major, service opportunities) and after graduation (e.g., teacher-training programs, ed policy).LaFortune's Montgomery Auditorium (across from Starbucks).  
Workshop on Community-Based Research (CBR): Tuesday, November 18, 4pm, Room 208 in Geddes Hall. This workshop provides an overview of the research process; principles of CBR; ethical and procedural concerns; funding sources.
ND’s annual Student Peace Conference Call for Papers/Posters/Discussions/Workshops: December 19, deadline for priority submission; January 19, 2015 final deadline. Conference scheduled for March 27-28, 2015, Hesburgh Center. Theme: Persisting Challenges, New Frontiers. Questions, email

Interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)? How about a TESOL minor? Help us by taking this 2 question survey