Polish - POL


The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Spring 2015. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.

500-level courses require graduate standing.

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101 Elementary Polish I
4 hours. Phonetics, introductory grammar, and reading. Four additional half hours each week in the language laboratory. Prerequisite(s): For students who have had no formal work in Polish.

102 Elementary Polish II
4 hours. Continues POL 101. Four additional half hours each week in the language laboratory. Prerequisite(s): POL 101 or the equivalent.

103 Intermediate Polish I
4 hours. Continues POL 102. Prerequisite(s): POL 102 or the equivalent.

104 Intermediate Polish II
4 hours. Continues POL 103. Prerequisite(s): POL 103 or the equivalent.

115 Introduction to Polish Culture
3 hours. Main trends in Polish culture in the context of parallel developments in Western European civilization. Taught in English. World Cultures course.

120 The Polish Short Story in Translation
3 hours. Introduction to representative Polish short stories of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; the elements of fiction; close reading of prose texts. Taught in English. Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.

130 Masterworks of Polish Literature in Translation
3 hours. The most important works of Poland's greatest writers in the areas of poetry, drama, and prose. Taught in English. Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.

140 Polish Drama in Translation
3 hours. Elementary aspects of Polish dramatic theory and close reading of representative scripts selected from various periods. Same as THTR 140. Taught in English. Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.

150 Introduction to Polish Cinema
3 hours. Introduction to the major themes and techniques of Polish film art; comparative survey of narrative film and literature. Taught in English. Films screened with English subtitles. Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.

201 Polish Composition and Conversation I
3 hours. Composition and conversation, systematic grammar, vocabulary development and aural comprehension. This course is a general review and expansion of grammar, along with speaking, vocabulary development, readings and writing compositions. Previously listed as POL 301. Prerequisite(s): POL 104 or the equivalent.

202 Polish Composition and Conversation II
3 hours. Continues POL 201. Designed to continue the development of advanced language skills. This course is an expansion of vocabulary, idioms, grammar, writing, reading, listening comprehension, and speaking within the context of Polish culture. Previously listed as POL 302. Prerequisite(s): POL 201.

220 Modern Polish-Jewish Culture and Literatures
3 hours. Polish-Jewish literature and non-fiction works in English translation from Polish, Yiddish and Hebrew are studied as expressions of a distinct Ashkenazi or East European Jewish culture that developed on historically Polish lands. Same as JST 220. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 160 or ENGL 161. Creative Arts, and World Cultures course.

234 History of Poland
3 hours. Exploration of political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments since the first Polish state, the union with Lithuania, the struggle for independence, and Communist rule to the present. Same as HIST 234. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161. Individual and Society, and Past course.

242 Polish Poetry for Beginners
3 hours. Polish poetry from various literary epochs read as an introduction to Polish literature and explained against the basic historical, cultural, and transcultural contexts. Taught in English.

321 Introduction to Polish Literature
3 hours. Old Polish literature from medieval Latin and vernacular texts to masterpieces of the Polish Enlightenment. Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or consent of the instructor.

399 Independent Study
1 TO 3 hours. Investigation of special problems under the general direction of a staff member. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing, consent of the instructor and consent of the head of the department.

401 Polish Composition and Conversation III
3 OR 4 hours. Development of oral and writing skills: expanding vocabulary and perfecting style. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): POL 302.

402 Polish Composition and Conversation IV
3 OR 4 hours. Continues POL 401. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): POL 401 or the equivalent.

420 Polish Contemporary Theater and Drama
3 OR 4 hours. A survey covering the 20th century innovative phenomena in Polish theater in a comparative context. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor.

440 Studies in Polish Poetry
3 OR 4 hours. A detailed study of Polish poetry in the past or present in a historical context. A study of major Polish poets and their work. 3 undergraduate hours; 4 graduate hours. Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.

460 Studies in Polish Literature
3 OR 4 hours. Major literary Polish writers recognized in the world, translated extensively into English; their poetics, worldviews as compared with foreign writers; historical and philosophical background. Topics may vary. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 hours for undergraduates, or 12 hours for graduate students, if topics vary. Only 6 hours may be applied toward the undergraduate major in Polish. Taught in English. Polish majors will be required to complete some assignments in Polish. Prerequisite(s): SLAV 224; or consent of the instructor.

499 Independent Study
1 TO 4 hours. Investigation of special problems under the general direction of a staff member. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Graduate students may register for more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing, consent of the instructor and consent of the head of the department.

525 Polish Visual and Popular Culture
4 hours. Advanced analysis of Polish film, art, comic books, or other visual phenomena in Polish culture. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Taught in English. Prerequisite(s):Consent of the instructor.

535 Polish Modernism and Avant-Gardes
4 hours. A survey of the most innovative trends in Polish literature in the 20th century, against the European background, with a strong comparative component. Topics may vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours of credit, if topics vary, and with consent of the instructor. Taught in English.

540 Polish Literature in Political Context
4 hours. Introduction to Polish literature in various social and ideological contexts; topics include Communism, censorship, gender, journalism, etc. Topics may vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours of credit, if topics vary, and with consent of the instructor. Taught in English.

544 Workshops in Translation
4 hours. Intensive work on translation of literary and non-literary texts from Polish to English combined with elements of theory. Topics may vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours of credit, if topics vary, and with consent of the instructor. Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): POL 401 and POL 402.

545 Pre-Modern Polish Literature
4 hours. A detailed interpretation of various literary works prior to the 20th century. Topics may vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours, if topics vary, and with consent of the instructor. Taught in English.

570 Literary Theory and the Polish Canon
4 hours. A detailed analysis of main currents in contemporary Polish criticism and theory. Topics may vary. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours, if topics vary, and with consent of the instructor. Taught in Polish.

596 Independent Study
1 TO 4 hours. Investigation of special problems under the general direction of a staff member. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor and consent of the head of the department.


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This listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract. Every attempt is made to provide the most current and correct information. Courses listed here are subject to change without advance notice. Courses are not necessarily offered every term or year. Individual departments or units should be consulted for information regarding frequency of course offerings.