BA with a Major in Polish

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements37
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours83
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements.

Major Requirements

Required Courses
POL 104Intermediate Polish II a4
POL 201Polish Composition and Conversation I3
POL 202Polish Composition and Conversation II3
POL 321Introduction to Polish Literature3
SLAV 224Introduction to Literary Analysis of Slavic Texts b3
POL 460Studies in Polish Literature3
Select six electives at the 100-, 200-, 300-, and 400-levels, excluding independent study and POL 101, POL 102, and POL 103. A maximum of two of these courses may be at the 100-level. At least two courses must be at the 400-level. CEES 400 may be used to satisfy this requirement.18
Total Hours37
a

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.

b

SLAV 224 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
POL 101 Elementary Polish I 4
Quantitative Reasoning course 3-5
Elective a 3
 Hours13-15
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
POL 102 Elementary Polish II 4
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
Elective a 3
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
POL 103 Intermediate Polish I 4
POL Elective b 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
Elective a 3
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
POL 104 Intermediate Polish II 4
POL Elective b 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
Elective a 3
 Hours16-18
Third Year
Fall Semester
POL 201 Polish Composition and Conversation I 3
POL 321 Introduction to Polish Literature 3
POL Elective b 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3-5
 Hours15-17
Spring Semester
POL 202 Polish Composition and Conversation II 3
POL Elective b 3
SLAV 224 Introduction to Literary Analysis of Slavic Texts 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 3-6
 Hours15-18
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
POL 460 Studies in Polish Literature c 3
POL Elective b 3
POL Elective b 3
Electives 6-9
 Hours15-18
Spring Semester
Electives 14-15
 Hours14-15
 Total Hours120
a

The following courses are recommended for students with no background in Polish: POL 115 and POL 120, POLS 130, POL 140, or POL 150

b

Students are required to take an additional six Polish electives at the 200-, 300-, or 400-level (exclusive of independent study). A maximum of two courses may be at the 100-level. POL 101, POL 102, and POL 103 do not count toward this requirement. At least two courses must be at the 400-level. CEES 400 may be used to fulfill this requirement. 

c

SLAV 224 satisfies the Writing in the Discipline requirement.