Education matters. Whatever you aim to do after graduation, you will never be far removed from education in our society. This interdisciplinary minor uses a big picture perspective to help you understand and influence education here and abroad. If you'd like to sign up, or simply learn more, 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.

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Announcements, Events, and Opportunities


Congratulations ESS Class of 2016! Watch a slideshow of our graduates here.




If you're looking for a great volunteer opportunity this fall: Nancy McAdams, former ESS associate director, is looking for a co-leader for her 4th grade Girl Scout Group. The girls are students at Our Lady of Hungary School, just south of downtown. They are of Mexican-American heritage and are looking forward to joining Girl Scouts for the first time. Commitment is twice/month, Thursdays, 3:00-4:00 pm. Email Nancy McAdams for more information.


Interested in teaching English overseas and improving your foreign language skills after you graduate? Applications are still open for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program (ETA), a fully-funded opportunity for recent graduates to teach and act as cultural ambassadors abroad. This grant has no minimum GPA requirement, and students from all majors are encouraged to apply. If you are interested, submit your pre-application as soon as possible, so that we can get you started in the advising process. (It’s not too late to apply for other Fellowships, like the Rhodes (for study in the UK) or the Luce (to spend a year working in Asia). Visit the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement to learn more.