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


CUSE announces the 2015 Eagan Summer Fellowship, $5,000 to support intellectually-enriching summer experiences. Full-time freshmen and sophomores who can demonstrate financial need are eligible to apply. Submit proposals to CUSE via by 5 PM on February 6, 2015. Go here for more details. 


Prof. Nicole McNeil Needs You! Volunteer to Help Improve the Math Skills of Local Children. Did you know that early math skills at the start of kindergarten are the strongest predictor of future academic achievement, even more so than early reading skills, attention span, or socio-emotional behaviors?  For this reason, it important to help all young children get the practice they need to develop strong early math skills. Prof. McNeil and her research team are starting two new studies next semester to investigate the benefits of several promising early math interventions. Both studies involve working one-on-one with young children (Head Start or kindergarten) from low-SES backgrounds who are at risk of academic failure. As a tutor in either study, you would get to work with same child in multiple sessions, so you can develop a relationship with the child. Also, the interventions are scripted, so you will not need to come up with your own activities or lesson plans.

Requirements: Head Start tutors; 1:30-3:20, two days/week (either MW or TR). Kindergarten tutors: at least one hour between 12:30-2:15p, two days/week (either MW or TR + (ideally) FR too in case of make-up session. All tutors receive training.

InterestedContact Prof. McNeil  to set up an appointment to learn more. She is looking to recruit 1-3 undergraduate volunteers. It is possible to do this for ESS Research Lab credits if you would like to expand your role in Prof. McNeil's lab beyond the 2-4 hours of tutoring each week. This experience could be a springboard for an ESS thesis/capstone project.


ND’s annual Student Peace Conference Call for Papers/Posters/Discussions/Workshops: December 19, deadline for priority submission; January 19, 2015 final deadline. Conference scheduled for March 27-28, 2015, Hesburgh Center. Theme: Persisting Challenges, New Frontiers. Questions, email