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

Fall 2015 Courses have been posted. Find them here.


Hearty ESS congrats go to student Emily Flores, who received the John Roos Prize for best senior thesis from the Department of Political Science and the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy. Emily wrote her thesis about civic education curricula in conjunction with her ESS minor. She examined the "We the People" curriculum and its effects on political knowledge and participation in Indiana public high school students.


Congratulations also to ESS senior Grace Carroll, who was given the Blessed Basil Moreau, C.S.C., Leadership Award for embodying Blessed Father Moreau’s vision of educating heart and mind as well as someone who has demonstrated significant effort to advancing the Catholic character of the University.  


And another round of applause for ESS senior Megan Heeder, who was given the Ray Siegfried Award for Leadership Excellence because she exemplifies the qualities for which former Notre Dame Trustee Ray Siegfried was known, including leadership, generosity, devotion to the Catholic faith and affinity for athletics.


If you're looking into post-grad service opportunities, go here.