Undergraduate Programs (Major and Minor)

Why major or minor in Polish?

A baccalaureate degree in Polish, or a minor in Polish combined with another major, provides important language skills and a solid understanding of Slavic and Baltic cultures. These are a strong asset for many jobs, especially those in the following areas:

  • federal, state, and city agencies
  • the armed forces
  • national security establishments
  • banks and businesses dealing with Eastern Europe
  • publishing and data-gathering companies
  • transportation and tourist industries
  • ethnic cultural services and organizations, such as cultural centers, libraries and museums, ethnically oriented public media, etc.

Degree Requirements

Major in Polish

For the major, students must complete 37 hours of coursework.

  • 6 required courses
  • 6 Polish electives (no more than two at the 100-level; at least two at the 400-level)

Minor in Polish

Students from other disciplines who want to minor in Polish must complete 16 semester hours, including POL 104, POL 201, and POL 202, plus six additional credit hours at the 100‐, 200‐, 300‐, and 400‐levels, excluding POL 101, POL 102, and POL 103.

Native and heritage speakers who place out of POL 104 should register for POL 201. Please consult an LAS advisor for eligibility for retroactive credit once you complete POL 201.

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