2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Polish Studies Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 05.0129 Polish Studies)

Polish Studies

College of Arts and Sciences
732 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4680
716-645-2082
716-645-5976
www.transnationalstudies.buffalo.edu
Keith Griffler
Chair
Janina Brutt-Griffler
Director, Polish Studies Program

Why study Polish Studies Minor at UB?

*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. 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. 

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. We aspire to engage students, scholars and the community whose knowledge and interests center on the Polish experience.

Learning Outcomes

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

The Learning Environment

The Polish Studies Program aspires to engage students, scholars and the community whose knowledge and interests center on the Polish experience. The Program’s mission involves a broad approach to the discipline that situates Polish-ness 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. Graduate Studies. The program offers only a minor (no major). The Minor in Polish Studies consists of two tracks: the Culture and Society track and the Language track. You can choose to do one or the other (or even both).

About Our Facilities

The Department of Transnational Studies is housed in 1004 Clemens Hall and has three dedicated seminar rooms. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classes and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

The Polish Studies program has faculty within the Department of Transnational Studies joined by renowned affiliated faculty from throughout the university and western New York.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Students with a variety of majors can enhance their career opportunities by developing proficiency in Polish and knowledge of Polish history and culture. 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.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please contact the Undergraduate Secretary to schedule an appointment with our Director of Undergraduate Studies. 

Undergrad Secretary: Kathryn Cartwright
Main Office: 1004 Clemens Hall
P: 716-645-0796

Scholarships and Financial Support

Please contact UB Financial Aid office to locate additional financial support.

Academic Opportunities

Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs in Europe. See Study Abroad.

Experiential Learning

The Program's mission involves a broad approach to the discipline that situates "Polish-ness" 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.

Study Abroad

Students are encouraged to participate in study abroad programs in Europe. See Study Abroad.

Extracurricular Activities

Becoming a(n) Polish Studies Minor Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2016 incoming freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. 90 percent of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT scores, and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component)
  • Four years of social studies
  • Three years of college-preparatory science
  • Three years of a second language
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

Complete and submit the application form for a Minor in Polish Studies to the Department of Transnational Studies.

Transfer Admission to the Program

Complete and submit the application form for a Minor in Polish Studies to the Department of Transnational Studies.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Complete and submit the application form for a minor in Polish Studies to the Department of Transnational Studies. The application form is available at their website.

Acceptance to Track A (Language Track) requires completion of POL 101 Elementary Polish 1st Semester and POL 102 Elementary Polish 2nd Semester. 

Acceptance to Track B (Culture and Society Track) requires completion of any Polish Studies course with a grade of C or above.

A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses that count toward the minor in Polish Studies is required.

Suggested Introductory Courses

POL 101 Elementary Polish

Completing the Polish Studies Minor Program

Academic Requirements

Two Different Tracks A/B- both require a total of 18 credits (6 courses).

Academic Advice

We strongly encourage all students signed up for or interested in the Polish Studies Minor to talk to the Director of Undergraduate Studies about tailoring a program to meet your needs, interests, and circumstances.

Transfer Credit Policy

The Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Transnational Studies, who is a member of the department's full time teaching faculty, is available to meet with students throughout the semester. As we cannot provide advisement through emails, please contact the department's undergraduate studies secretary to find out the director's office hours. Students interested in a Minor in the Polish Studies program are encouraged to speak with the director to discuss their interests in the program, as well as to plan course sequencing to meet all criteria. NOTE: advisement for "general education" and other university requirements for the American Studies degree is provided by advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services.

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite Language Courses for Track A

POL 101 Elementary Polish 1st Semester (or equivalent)
POL 102 Elementary Polish 2nd Semester (or equivalent)

Required Courses

Track A (Language Track)


Required Language Courses

POL 203 Intermediate Polish 1st Semester
POL 204 Intermediate Polish 2nd Semester

Required Upper Level Courses

Four courses (12 credit hours) chosen from the following:
POL 305 Advanced Polish: Part I
POL 306 Advanced Polish: Part II
POL 323 Polish Literature in Translation
POL 324 Poland Today
POL 338 Poland in Europe
POL 499 Independent Study
POL 410 Special Topics (repeatable for credit)
POL 411 Special Topics (repeatable for credit)

Note: One 300 or 400 level course from the following list of approved courses may substitute for a required upper level course.

HIS 313 20th Century Europe
HIS 319 Europe Between the World Wars, 1919-39
HIS 346 19th Century Europe
HIS 383 War & State: European Foundations
HIS 384 War and Peace since 1800
HIS 371 Social History of Europe
HIS 395 History of the Cold War
HIS 456 European Underground Movements
HIS 475 The Great War and European Society
PSC 351 Politics in E. Europe Post Soc. States.

Track B (Culture and Society Track)

Required 200 level courses

Two courses (6 hours) chosen from the following:
POL 222 Polish Culture: Theatre
POL 223 Topics
POL 231 Introduction to Polish Literature
POL 232 Introduction to Polish Literature
POL 210 Special Topics
POL 211 Special Topics

Required Upper Level Courses

Four courses (12 semester hours) chosen from the following:
POL 305 Advanced Polish: Part I
POL 306 Advanced Polish: Part II
POL 323 Polish Literature in Translation
POL 324 Poland Today
POL 338 Poland in Europe
POL 499 Independent Study
POL 410 Special Topics (repeatable for credit)
POL 411 Special Topics (repeatable for credit)

Note: One course from the following list of approved courses may be substituted for a required 200 level course.

HIS 221 Eastern Europe
HIS 227 Twentieth-Century Europe and the World
HIS 299 The Holocaust and History

Note: One course from the following list of approved courses may be substituted for a required 300 or 400 upper level course.

HIS 313 20th Century Europe
HIS 319 Europe Between the World Wars, 1919-39
HIS 346 19th Century Europe
HIS 383 War & State: European Foundations
HIS 384 War and Peace since 1800
HIS 371 Social History of Europe
HIS 395 History of the Cold War
HIS 456 European Underground Movements
HIS 475 The Great War and European Society
PSC 351 Politics in E. Europe Post Soc. States.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total Credits Required for Minor: 21

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting prerequisite or minor requirements for the Polish Studies program. For general education and remaining university requirements, see Baccalaureate Degree Requirements. NOTE: advisement for “general education” and other university requirements is provided by advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services

Polish Studies

College of Arts and Sciences
732 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4680
716-645-2082
716-645-5976
www.transnationalstudies.buffalo.edu
Keith Griffler
Chair
Janina Brutt-Griffler
Director, Polish Studies Program

Subjects & Courses

Published: May 16, 2017 10:58:28 AM