Why Study Polish with the KU Slavic Department?

Languages in the Slavic Department


Polish is spoken by almost 40 million people in Poland and around the world, including the US.  By some counts, the city of Chicago has the second largest Polish population in the world.   

Following the Solidarity movement of the 1970s and 80s and the important historical contributions of such figures as Lech Wałęsa and John Paul II,  Poland in 2013 has a vibrant economy and is experiencing rapid political, social and demographic changes.  Today, Poland is a key member state of the European Union and NATO.  The country has a flourishing cultural and arts scene.  

Poland has a rich literary tradition, tracing its beginning to the Renaissance and the poetry of Jan Kochanowski.  In the twentieth century four Polish writers Henryk Sienkiewicz, Czesław Miłosz, Wisława Szymborska, and Władysław Stanisław Reymont have won the Nobel Prize for Literature.  The culture has a strong music tradition, including Fryderyk Chopin in the 19th century and Krzysztof Penderecki in the 20th.  Mikołaj Kopernik (aka Copernicus) and Maria Skłodowska Curie are among those Poles who have also made important contributions to world knowledge in the natural sciences.

Polish at KU

Map of PolandThe University of Kansas has a more than thirty-year tradition of teaching Polish language and literature. Polish language and culture courses at KU are designed to accommodate students with a wide range of interests, including students with Polish heritage, students interested in Polish and East European history, literature, film. The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers yearly regular courses of elementary, intermediate and advanced Polish. Students who already have advanced knowledge of Polish can take independent study courses in Polish Language and Literature after obtaining the consent of the instructor.

KU encourages students to study abroad either in the summer or during the academic year.


Courses Offered

PLSH 104 Elementary Polish I
First Semester. Essentials of grammar, practice in reading, writing, and speaking Polish. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PLSH 105 Elementary Polish, Honors
Honors version of PLSH 104, with additional work aimed at accelerating students progress to proficiency and expanding their cultural competence. Prerequisite: Open only to students admitted to the University Honors Program, or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PLSH 108 Elementary Polish II
Second semester. A continuation of PLSH 104. Prerequisite: PLSH 104. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PLSH 109 Elementary Polish II, Honors
A continuation of PLSH 105. Honors version of PLSH 108, with additional work aimed at accelerating students progress to proficiency and expanding their cultural competence. Prerequisite: PLSH 104 or PLSH 105. Open only to students admitted to the University Honors Program, or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PLSH 177 First Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Polish. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PLSH 204 Intermediate Polish I
Second-year course in the language with emphasis on reading, composition, and conversation. Prerequisite: PLSH 108. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PLSH 205 Intermediate Polish I, Honors
Honors version of PLSH 204, with additional work aimed at accelerating students' progress to proficiency and expanding their cultural competence. Prerequisite: Open only to students who have received an A in PLSH 108 or an A or B in PLSH 109, and who are admitted to the University Honors Program; or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PLSH 208 Intermediate Polish II
A continuation of PLSH 204. Prerequisite: PLSH 204. LEC.
Spring 2020
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Vassileva-Karagyozova, Svetlana
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM WES 2131 - LAWRENCE
3 56103
PLSH 209 Intermediate Polish II, Honors
Honors version of PLSH 208, with additional work aimed at accelerating students progress to proficiency and expanding their cultural competence. Prerequisite: PLSH 204 or PLSH 205. Open only to students admitted to the University Honors Program, or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PLSH 312 Polish Language and Civilization in Poland: Summer Program
Polish grammar, conversation, and composition with select aspects of Polish civilization. Available only to participants in Polonicum, Warsaw University. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PLSH 504 Advanced Polish I
A practical Polish language course involving advanced study of the grammar, reading of texts on a variety of subjects, conversation, and composition. Taught in Polish. Designed for students who have had two or more years of Polish language. Prerequisite: PLSH 208 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

PLSH 508 Advanced Polish II
A practical Polish language course involving advanced study of the grammar, reading of texts on a variety of subjects, conversation, and composition. Taught in Polish. Designed for students who have had two and one-half or more years of Polish. Prerequisite: PLSH 504 or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Spring 2020 semester.

 


In Memoriam

Reed Rankin ✝ 12/29/2019

The faculty and students in the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures are deeply saddened that one our undergraduate majors, Reed Rankin, passed away last week (12/29) in Fredonia, Kansas. Reed was a beloved student in the department and is fondly remembered by his peers and professors. He began studying Russian as a Freshman and stayed with a challenging but rewarding language for three and a half years, tackling introductory, intermediate, advanced levels, and even continuing his studies into his senior year with Russian for the Professions. We know that he was planning further study in Moscow in the next academic year, prior to matriculation at KU School of Law.

A thoughtful student, Reed often contributed insight and posed challenging questions in class. ​​ Reed’s dedication to the study of Russian language, culture, and history was tremendous and fueled by infectious curiosity. He showed great acumen in translating from Russian into English, always finding English-language equivalents for Russian cultural concepts through skillful use of one-liners from American films. We also treasured his ability to speak in fluid Russian about rural, farm life in Kansas, and the effects that natural phenomena, like floods, on a farming community. He was a pleasure to know and teach, and will be remembered for his kind and polite demeanor. Our thoughts are with Reed’s family at this time

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