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Education is both an end in itself and a means to many personal, professional, and spiritual goals. Thus, understanding its history and traditions, analyzing its processes, and studying its outcomes are important to all of us. At the heart of the ESS minor is the study of how humans learn and how society, politics, and the economy influence that learning.

If you're interested in questions like, What is the purpose of education in a society? How does it contribute to developing "good" citizens and "just" societies? Why does that school three blocks away have more resources than mine? then ESS is for you!

For more info or to make an appointment, email Ann Primus Berends.

Program Requirements

ESS is a 15 credit minor comprising an Intro course, 3 electives, and a capstone research project. 

The minor provides resources for students to pursue a range of careers after graduation, from finance to films, law to medicine, philosophy to policy-making. Students who want to become certified teachers during their undergraduate studies may do so through our cooperative relationship with Saint Mary’s College.

Learn more about ESS.

 

Meet Our Seniors

Sam

Sam Adofo (ND '20). Majoring in ACMS with an Actuarial Science minor, Sam is from Central Falls, Rhode Island. He has a long interest in tutoring and education. Sam will earn his master's through the ACE Teaching Fellows program after he graduates.

 

Julie

Julie Allpow (ND '20). Majoring in American Studies and Peace Studies, Julie is from the south side of Chicago. One reason she is minoring in ESS is because, as she says, "There is a gap in peace studies initiatives in America. Education is something that can fill that gap." 

 

Lindsay

Lindsay Baca (ND '20). Majoring in Psychology with a Latino Studies minor, Lindsay is from Los Angeles, California. Lindsay has her eye on graduate school in psychology, but first she will gain an M.Ed. through ACE Teaching Fellows. 

 

Maddie

Maddie Carr (ND '20). Majoring in Psychology, Maddie is from Rockville, Maryland. Given her interest in behavior and development, Maddie is also interested in teaching. She will get her master's degree through the ACE Teaching Fellows program.

 

Paige

Paige Curley (ND '20). Majoring in English and Spanish with a minor in Latino Studies, Paige is from the Hudson Valley of New York. She had good teachers growing up and therefore may want to teach. She's also interested in law advocacy.

 

Mar

Mar Diego (ND '20). Majoring in Economics, Mar is from Makati, Philippines. With a strong interest in education issues across developing countries contexts, Mar hopes to pursue further studies after graduation to qualify for a professional vocation in education and healthcare policy design and impact evaluation.  

 

Delaney

Delaney Farwell (ND '20). Majoring in Anthropology with a Business Econ minor, Delaney is from Jacksonville, Florida. She chose ESS because, among other things, "I wanted to study and try to understand the inequalities that exist in the American education system." 

 

Alice

Alice Felker (ND '20). Majoring in Psychology and ACMS, Alice is from Bethesda, Maryland. Alice has done extensive research on continuing education for adults with disabilities and will continue to work in disability rights and policy after graduation. She's considering a dual degree in law and social work.

 

Nay

Nay Fernandez (ND '20). Majoring in Sociology, Nay is from New Orleans, Louisiana. A Posse scholar with years of experience as a camp counselor, Nay chose both her major and ESS because she would like to work with kids one day. 

 

Collin

Collin Gortner (ND '20). Majoring in Political Science with a minor in Constitutional Studies, Collin is from Monticello, Illinois. ESS courses, he says, "have provided me with the opportunity to explore the intersection between political science and education. The minor has confirmed my desire to do ACE after graduation."

 

Emily

Emily Graff (ND '20). Majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior, Emily is from the south side of Chicago. Emily is interested in the brain and how we learn. She hopes to pursue graduate programs focusing on what causes learning delays and how to address them.

 

Maryelsa

Mary Elsa Henrichs (ND '20). Majoring in English and German, Mary Elsa is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mary Elsa chose ESS in part because she is curious about why we study what we study and how that applies to life after college.

 

Donna

Donna Hoang (ND '20). Majoring in Political Science and minoring in Teaching English to Other Language Speakers, Donna is from Horsham, Pennsylvania. She is passionate about intercultural education and curriculum development, which led her to ESS.
 

 

Samkennedy

Sam Kennedy (ND '20). Majoring in Philosophy with a minor in History, Sam is from the south side of Chicago. With a heart for public education, Sam wants to teach someday, with hopes of becoming a professor.

 

Catherine

Catherine Korth (ND '20). Majoring in Marketing with a minor in Sociology, Catherine is from Westfield, New Jersey. She is curious about how the learning environment affects learning and will earn her master's through the ACE Teaching Fellows program.

 

Zion

Zion Lee (ND '20). Majoring in PLS and German, Zion is from Deagu, South Korea. Zion is interested in the role of education in developing a social/political atmosphere that promotes virtue. He hopes to pursue further studies on the relationship between philosophy and education in graduate school.

 

Annie

Annie Moran (ND '20). Majoring in Psychology with a minor in Catholic Social Tradition, Annie is from the north side of Chicago. With a passion for service, she would like to teach through a post-graduate teacher training program or grad school.

 

Shyanne

Shaynne Pryor (ND '20). Majoring in Philosophy, Shaynne is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Experience has shown her the "nitty gritty importance of education." She aims to be a judge, with hopes of starting a college scholarship program for kids in JJCs.

 

Juliarandall

Julia Randall (ND '20). Majoring in Economics, Julia is from Montclair, New Jersey. A Notre Dame rower, Julie has loved education and children since she was young. The sociology course "Social Inequality and American Education" is where she learned about the ESS minor.

 

Carolina

Carolina Robledo (ND '20). Majoring in Music with minors in Latino Studies and History, Carolina is from San Antonio, Texas. Carolina is concerned about education policy. Of our schools she says, "So much needs fixing. We need better teachers and more opportunities for underrepresented students." Carolina will earn her master's as an ACE Teaching Fellow.

 

Emma

Emma Scheibel (ND '20). Majoring in American Studies with minors in Hesburgh and Poverty Studies, Emma is from Rockville, Maryland. Emma is drawn to issues around educational equity. "I want to make change from within, maybe as a teacher, and later as an administrator or in government."

 

Evy

Evy Stein (ND '20). Majoring in English and Psychology, Evy is from Madison, Wisconsin. This fall Evy will do research on the issue of authorship and its place in determining whether or not to read something. She is considering law school after graduation.

 

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Natalie Stevens (ND '20) is from Moorestown, New Jersey. Majoring in Psychology, she has a focus in child development. Natalie is drawn to both her major and ESS because she's interested in how children learn. Since sophomore year, she has been a research assistant in Dr. Julie Braungart-Rieker’s Families and Babies studies lab. After graduation Natalie plans to pursue a master’s degree in educational administration.

 

Mary

Mary Stoutenburgh (ND '20). Majoring in Applied and Computational Math and Statistics, Mary is from Dallas, Texas. She has always loved teaching and will earn her M.Ed. through the ACE Teaching Fellows program.

 

Honoka

Honoka Suzuki (ND '20). Majoring in Applied and Computational Math and Statistics with an Actuary minor, Honoka is from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. An SSLP at a STEM ed summer camp serving a low-income neighborhood drew Honoka to ESS. She aims to become a data scientist working with data related to education policy and educational outcomes.

 

Alliv

Alli VanOverberghe (ND '20). Majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business Econ, Alli is from Chicago, Illinois. She plans to pursue a master's in school psychology after graduation. She writes, "Through my work in Professor McNeil’s lab, I’ve realized how much I like research and I am looking to integrate that with my career." 

 

Meet our Juniors and Sophomores