Polish

Department of Linguistics

College of Arts and Sciences
609 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1030

Phone: 716.645.2177
Fax: 716.645.3825
Web: wings.buffalo.edu/linguistics

Karin Michelson
Chair

David Fertig
Director of Language Programs
fertig@buffalo.edu

About the Program

�This area of study is available as a special major through the College of Arts and Sciences. It is not a separately registered degree program. Refer to the Special Major section for more information.

With almost 40 million people in Poland and more than 10 million Polish Americans, Polish continues to be an important world language. Poland has contributed to world culture and civilization in almost every area, and the tradition of sustaining a rich cultural life is reflected in the output by Polish painters and musical composers and in the number of Nobel prizes for literature won by Polish citizens, including Henryk Sienkiewicz (1905), Wladyslaw Reymont (1924), Czeslaw Milosz (1980), and Wislawa Szymborska (1996).

The Polish program is intended to train students in the spoken and written language and to deepen their knowledge of and interest in the literature and culture of Poland.

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

For study abroad options, see the Study Abroad section or contact the Study Abroad Programs office at (716) 645-3912.

Career Opportunities/Further Study

Students with a variety of majors can enhance their career opportunities by developing proficiency in Polish and knowledge of Polish culture through completion of the special major in Polish studies. For individuals with such qualifications, job possibilities with United States corporations doing business in a Poland that promotes private enterprise and encourages foreign investment are expected to expand.

Course Descriptions

POL 101 Elementary Polish 1st Semester

Credits:  5
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Requires no previous knowledge of Polish. Develops speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Students with some familiarity with spoken Polish are welcome.

POL 102 Elementary Polish 2nd Semester

Credits:  5
Semester:
Prerequisites:  POL 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Requires no previous knowledge of Polish. POL 102 is a sequel to POL 101. Develops speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension skills. Students with some familiarity with spoken Polish are welcome.

POL 203 Intermediate Polish 1st Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  POL 102 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Involves further development of all four language skills; introduces selections from Polish literary masterpieces. POL 204 is a spring sequel to POL 203.

POL 204 Intermediate Polish 2nd Semester

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  POL 203 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Involves further development of all four language skills; introduces selections from Polish literary masterpieces. POL 204 is a spring sequel to POL 203.

POL 222 Polish Culture: Theatre

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Explores differing topics in theatre within the area of Polish studies.

POL 223 Topics in Polish Culture

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Explores differing topics within the area of Polish studies.

POL 231 Intro to Polish Literature

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  POL 204 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Survey of major Polish literary works from the beginning until the 19th century.

POL 232 Intro to Polish Literature

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  POL 204 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Survey of major Polish literary works of the 20th and 21st centuries.

POL 305 Advanced Polish

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  POL 204 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Emphasizes conversation and written compositions. Readings of short stories, poetry, essays, and plays yield vigorous discussions in Polish.

POL 306 Advanced Polish

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  POL 305 or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Emphasizes conversation and written compositions. Readings of short stories, poetry, essays, and plays yield vigorous discussions in Polish.

POL 323 Polish Literature in Translation

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Considers major figures in Polish literature from the 1930s to the present. Readings and discussions focus on Mrozek (drama), Milosz, Herbert, Rozewicz, Szymborska (poetry), Schulz, Gombrowicz, Andrzejewski, and Konwicki (fiction).

POL 324 Poland Today

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Examines major socioeconomic, political, and cultural happenings and developments in Poland since World War II, Solidarity, the disintegration and collapse of the Communist regime in 1989, the leap to the market economy, and political pluralism.

POL 338 Poland in Central Europe

Credits:  3
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Considers the rise, decline, disappearance, and reemergence of Poland as an important power and factor in Eastern European politics.

POL 499 Independent Study

Credits:  1 - 6
Semester:
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  TUT

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Supplements regular offerings of the department. Students must secure permission of the instructor before registering.

Updated: Apr 12, 2006 11:04:49 AM