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Poland has great historical prominence in European history and in global politics. Its people have made enormous contributions in the fields of art, history, philosophy and linguistics. The establishment and growing preeminence of the European Union as a major cultural, social, economic and political entity has resulted in an increased focus on this critical part of the world. Chicago is home to the largest population of Polish Americans in the United States, and the demand for university course offerings in Polish culture is very high.
Loyola’s Polish studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that includes a comprehensive range of courses designed to provide students with an enriched and valuable learning experience. This minor appeals to the growing number of Loyola students who come from Polish and Eastern/Central European backgrounds, and those interested in studying this particular culture. The curriculum consists of courses in Polish language and literature, with additional course offerings in related history, political science, economics, sociology, philosophy, theology and international studies.
Students with a minor in Polish studies must complete a total of six courses (18 credit hours). Required courses include five electives and a capstone course, Polish Studies (POST) 395. No more than four courses may be taken in the same department. Students should focus their studies on areas that best complement their major: languages and literatures, history and political science, or philosophy and theology. Only three courses from the minor may be applied toward another major or minor.
A minimum of two courses (six credit hours) must be in the study of the Polish language. These courses may be at any level and can include: Polish (POLS) 101 - 102 (beginners), 103 - 104 (intermediate), or 250 - 251 (advanced). Students must be assessed by a Polish specialist in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in order to guarantee placement in the appropriate course level.
Students must complete POST 395, Polish Studies Capstone, during their junior or senior year. The course complements the minor program with an integrated service-learning component. Students focus on a specific issue or theme in Polish studies and complete a research project that integrates the minor with their major field. Additionally, the course contains a service-learning project of the student’s choosing that takes place in one of various institutions and organizations in Chicago’s Polish American community, including the Polish Museum and Library, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, Polish National Alliance, Chopin Theatre, Polish Film Festival, Paderewski Symphony Orchestra, Polish American Association, Community Health Clinics with Polish speaking population, Polish radio and television, and LIRA Ensemble.