Polish Language and Culture

Old City, Kraków

The UW-Madison Slavic Department was created as a Polish Department. The Polish program at UW-Madison is the oldest Polish program in the United States. Join us for an exciting adventure in a rigorous academic program: explore a fascinating and paradoxical culture with a turbulent history and vibrant literary tradition. 

Undergraduates can choose to major in Polish Language and Culture. Graduate students can earn a PhD Minor in the Slavic Department focusing on Polish.

Slavic Department at UW-Madison offers courses in Polish language from the first year to the fourth. Our language program is designed with instruction for everyone from beginners with no experience, to heritage speakers who speak Polish at home, to graduate students looking to gain knowledge of another Slavic language.

Students of Polish at UW-Madison have the opportunity to study abroad in Poland through a UW-affiliated program.

In addition, we regularly offer courses in Polish literature taught both in translation and in the original:

  • Polish Literature 14th to the Mid-19th Century (Lit Trans 215)
  • Polish Literature Late 19th and 20th Centuries (Lit Trans 216)
  • Taboo Topics in Polish Literature and Culture (Lit Trans 247)
  • Historia literatury polskiej do roku 1863 (Slavic 470)
  • Historia literatury polskiej po roku 1863 (Slavic 472)
  • Zarys historii literatury polskiej (Slavic 302)
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, students of Polish at UW-Madison are awarded several scholarships and prizes, including the Michael and Emily Lapinski scholarship and the Edward I. Zawacki Award for Polish Study.

Polish language and literature courses are taught by Professor Halina Filipowicz and Dr. Ewa Miernowska. For more information on the Polish Language and Culture program, please contact the Slavic Department or Dr. Ewa Miernowska.