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.


Congratulations 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.  


Congrats, too, to 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.

ESS Juniors: Planning to write an ESS Thesis or a Thesis in Major (related to education, thus fulfilling ESS capstone requirements)? The proposal deadline is April 15.  Click here to access the proposal.  Questions? Email Ann Berends.


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



Interested in disability policy? Apply for the Paul Marchand Internship, which provides $3,000 per semester or summer session to assist interns pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Students who seek an internship for college or graduate school credit may be able to use the funds to offset travel or other cost‐of‐living expenses. Application deadline for fall 2015 is April 15. Details: paul_marchand_internship_final.pdf