Department of Transnational Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
732 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4680
Web Address: www.transnationalstudies.buffalo.edu/
*Not a baccalaureate degree program
Polish Studies is a program within the Department of Transnational Studies that intends to train students in the spoken and written Polish language and to deepen their knowledge
of and interest in the literature, history and culture of Poland. The Program's mission involves a broad approach to the discipline that situates "Polishness" in its historical contexts of cosmopolitanism, transnationalism
and diaspora. We seek to provide a contemporary international perspective that reflects the nation's new position as a member of the European Union, incorporating, at the same time, the Polish experience outside of
Poland as reflected in the Polish community in Buffalo.
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). We aspire to engage students, scholars and the community whose knowledge and interests center on the Polish experience.