BA with a Major in Polish, Russian, and Central and Eastern European Studies

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students must complete university, college, and departmental degree requirements. The Department of Polish, Russian, and Lithuanian Studies degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Note: Students who select the Concentration in Polish Studies and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible to apply for the Dr. Bolesław and Krystyna Mazur Scholarships in Undergraduate Polish Studies.

Summary of Requirements
Major Requirements27
General Education and Electives to reach Minimum Total Hours93
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
Select one of the following:4
Intermediate Polish II a
Intermediate Russian II b
Intermediate Lithuanian II
Note: Students in the Polish and Russian Studies concentrations must take POL 104 and RUSS 104, respectively. Students pursuing the Concentration in Central and Eastern European Studies may take POL 104, RUSS 104, or LITH 104.
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Literary Analysis of Central Eastern European Texts c
Introduction to Central and Eastern European Cultures c,d
In addition, students must complete 20 semester hours from one of the following concentrations:20
Concentration in Polish Studies
Concentration in Russian Studies
Concentration in Central and European Studies
Total Hours27

Concentrations

Concentration in Polish Studies
Required Courses a
20 hours of course work in Polish studies a the 100, 200, 300, or 400 level b20
Recommended Courses:
Advanced Polish through Media and Film
Advanced Polish through Contemporary Culture
Advanced Polish through Short Stories
Concentration in Russian Studies
Required Courses a20
20 hours of course work in Russian studies at the 100, 200, 300, or 400 level c
Recommended Courses
Advanced Russian through Media and Film
Advanced Russian through Contemporary Culture
Advanced Russian through Short Stories
Concentration in Central and Eastern European Studies
Required Courses a
20 hours of course work selected from the following:20
Any CEES course at the 200, 300, and 400 level d
Any Polish course b
Any Russian course c
Understanding the Holocaust
Russia in War and Revolution, 1904-1922
East Central Europe and the Balkans: From Empires to Nation-States
History of Poland
The Rise and Fall of Communism in Eastern Europe
Russia Between Europe and Asia: Eurasian Spaces and Peoples in the Premodern Era
The Russian Empire in the Modern Period: History, Culture and the Challenges of Diversity
Russia from Vladimir Lenin to Vladimir Putin
Twentieth-Century Russia in Film
Lithuanian Culture
Lithuanian Prose Fiction in International Context
Lithuanian Literature I
Lithuanian Literature II
Lithuanian Literature Abroad
Introduction to Yiddish Culture and Literature
Topics in Jewish Studies
Topics in Jewish Studies
Advanced Studies in Jewish Literature, Art and Culture
Internship in Global Studies
Internship in Global Engagement and Public Humanities

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 a
or Elementary Russian I
or Elementary Lithuanian I
4
General Education Requirement course 3-5
Quantitative Reasoning course 3-5
 Hours13-17
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
POL 102
Elementary Polish II a
or Elementary Russian II
or Elementary Lithuanian II
4
General Education Requirement course 4-5
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours14-15
Second Year
Fall Semester
POL 103
Intermediate Polish I a
or Intermediate Russian I
or Intermediate Lithuanian I
4
Concentration course 3
General Education Requirement course 3-5
General Education Requirement course 3
Elective 3
 Hours16-18
Spring Semester
POL 104
Intermediate Polish II
or Intermediate Russian II
or Intermediate Lithuanian II
4
Concentration course b 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
Elective 3
 Hours16
Third Year
Fall Semester
CEES 224
Introduction to Literary Analysis of Central Eastern European Texts
or Introduction to Central and Eastern European Cultures
3
Concentration course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring Semester
Concentration course 3
General Education Requirement course/Elective 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Concentration course(s) b 3-6
Electives 13
 Hours16-19
Spring Semester
Concentration course 3
Concentration course 3
Electives 9
 Hours15
 Total Hours120