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


If you're 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 Ann Primus Berends to learn more.




Announcements, Events, and Opportunities


Join us Friday, October 9, 4:00 pm, to hear Dr. Ernest Morrell (Macy Professor of Education - Teachers College, Columbia University and director of Institute for Urban and Minority Education) deliver his talk, "Powerful Teaching, Powerful Schools: Engaging Youth in the Digital Age." Remick Commons in Visitation Hall. RSVP here.


Another not-to-be-missed event: Motivation specialist Dr. Andrew Elliot will speak on Friday, October 16, 3:30-5:00 pm, Haggar Hall B16. Among other things, Dr. Elliot studies how things like color and shape influence what motivates us.


Take Ten, a violence and bullying prevention/conflict resolution curriculum serving 17 area schools and 7-9 community organizations, is desperate for volunteers. Commitment is once/week for a semester or the year. Volunteers are trained and assigned to schools based on their schedule availability and age preference. Check it out online, then contact Director Ellen Kyes or Deputy Director Liv Chen for more information.


Tutors needed: $9.00/hour, Tues/Ths, 3-5 pm at SBCSC high schools and the St. Joseph County Public Library-Western Branch location. Must provide own transportation. Info: call (631-6294) or email Sonya Watkins, TRiO Programs.
Robinson Community Learning Center needs a full time AmeriCorps member starting summer 2016.  Email Velshonna Luckey, or call her at 574-631-3312.