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.



ESS is great preparation for graduate school.  Here's what former ESS student Walter Nogay told us in a recent email: "I started [graduate school] classes last week, and I wanted to tell you how grateful I am for the experiences provided to me by the ESS minor. The readings we covered in your class and in the other classes and the work assigned are very similar to the readings and assignments of my grad school courses so far. As a result, I feel well prepared for my program. I am working on arranging an independent study on an active research project at GWU, and the work I did in the Capstone course gave me a great foundation that I can now use to help with the research...If any of your students are considering graduate school in education, please tell them I said the ESS minor is great preparation for the courses they'll take." 


Announcements, Events, and Opportunities!

It's Digital Week! The Office of Digital Learning has put together a blockbuster set of 30 events (which even include a few public appearances by IEI folks).  Check out the events here.


Tutoring Opps!  Teamwork for Tomorrow, a campus volunteer organization, needs mentors on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6 pm, at a local parish center for South Bend children ages 5 to 12 (transportation is provided). Email Suzanne Fitzpatrick for more information.  Also Clay High School is looking for tutors 2x/week (Mon/Wed), 3:00-5:30 pm, in math, science, Language Arts, and French.  For more info, email Cheryl Anderson



The Department of Childhood Studies at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey is accepting applications for its PhD and MA programs.  Ph.D. application deadline is January 5, 2015; applications for the MA program are accepted year-round. Funding is available. Graduate students in this program come from a variety of backgrounds and bring with them an impressive array of educational and life experience. This program is poised to bring innovation and growth to the field of childhood studies.  



This fall a majority of students in America's public schools are people of color. The majority of teachers, on the other hand, are not. We need teachers of color.  Read more. 

Motivated to learn: "If schools truly want to engage students," says this article in Educational Leadership, "they need to downgrade control and compliance--and upgrade autonomy." Read more.