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 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.


Announcements, Events, and Opportunities!


Next Friday, September 5, enjoy a free lunch and hear Dr. John DiIulio speak on his acclaimed, Gates-funded report about high school drop out rates--"The Silent Epidemic." (It received huge attention, both among educators and in the wider public, including coverage by both TIME Magazine and Oprah Winfrey.) Noon, Remick Commons of Visitation Hall. RSVP: by Wednesday.


Make a difference in someone's life this year:  Tutor! This 1.5-2 hr/week opportunity serves Arab refugee children living in Jefferson Apartments.  (Transportation is available if you need it.)  Last year two children who were failing 2nd grade were able to successfully complete the year and move on to 3rd grade because of this program.  Starts September 4. Email Dr. Peg Walter, volunteer coordinator, for more information.



Get your research on!  Is STEM Education your thing? Email Dr. Matt Kloser  to learn about two available research positions focused on teaching and learning in K-12 STEM contexts. Time commitment is flexible.  Looking for work? Email Dr. Jim Frabutt (with the Alliance for Catholic Education), who needs a student worker to help with survey data entry and basic descriptive analyses. 10 hours per week, compensated at an hourly rate. Microsoft Excel proficiency required; SPSS or Stata proficiency a plus. In your email, briefly detail your interest and qualifications and include a current resume.



US students from educated families lag behind in international tests.  Find out why.