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Undergraduate Slavic Degree

Polish Emphasis

Major Prerequisites

These courses do not count towards the Polish major, but they are prerequisites for further course work in the Polish Studies Emphasis. Students entering KU with previous knowledge of Polish should contact Professor Svetlana Vassileva-Karagyozova, svk@ku.edu for placement.


  • PLSH 104-108 - Elementary Polish I-II (or equivalent) —10 Credits
  • PLSH 204 - Intermediate Polish I — 3 Credits

Total — 13 Credits

Major Courses

The minimum course hours requirement for the Polish major is 30. Prospective Polish majors have to fulfill the core requirements and select additional 12 course hours from the list of electives. Students should consult with the Undergraduate Studies major advisor in selecting elective courses. The Department recommends a maximum of two courses in Polish history.


  • PLSH 208 - Intermediate Polish II — 3 Credits
  • PLSH 504-508 - Advanced Polish I-II — 3 Credits
  • PLSH 675 - Readings in Polish Language and Literature — 3 Credits
  • SLAV 506 - Masterworks of Polish and Czech Literature — 3 Credits
  • SLAV 495 - Senior Capstone Seminar — 3 Credits

Total — 15 Credits


Choose 4 courses from the list below:

  • SLAV 144/145 Survey of Russian Literature in Translation — 3 Credits
  • SLAV 318 Jews and Slavs in Eastern Europe — 3 Credits
  • SLAV 340/341 Introduction to the Languages and Peoples of Russia and East-Central Europe — 3 Credits
  • SLAV 504 Introduction to East-Central European Culture and Society — 3 Credits
  • SLAV 514 Totalitarianism and Literature in Central Europe — 3 Credits
  • SLAV 516 Film Adaptations of Polish and Czech Literary Works — 3 Credits
  • SLAV 635 Language, Culture, and Ethnicity in Prehistoric Eastern Europe — 3 Credits
  • HIST 377 Everyday Communism in Eastern Europe — 3 Credits
  • HIST 577 Nationalism and Communism in East Central Europe from 1772 to the Present — 3 Credits
  • PHIL 580 Marxism (or other relevant course in philosophy) — 3 Credits

Total — 12 Credits

For more details on the Polish major (and other Slavic major) requirements, please consult the KU course catalog

Please contact our undergraduate major advisor with any questions you may have.

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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