"As someone with Polish heritage and a passion for the study of Eastern Europe, IU's Polish program was the perfect fit because in addition to offering courses in language, it also offers courses that explore topics in areas such as Polish film, literature, history, politics, and linguistics. This kind of rich selection provides an incredible opportunity to explore Poland in depth and from multiple perspectives. I can’t think of any other Slavic department in the US offering such a range of classes, which affected my choice to study at IU. The professors are eager to share their knowledge and research and to engage with their students and the class materials."
Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures major (IU Sophomore)
"Introduction to Polish culture” gave me a thorough understanding of Polish history, art, and culture. I learned about everything Polish from pączki to Chopin. My professor also provided wonderful ways to engage with guest scholars working on Poland and encouraged us to participate in cultural activities on campus. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about Poland and its place in the world."
B.S. in Informatics with minors in Computer Science and Public Policy
"After having traveled to Poland for the 65 th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 2010, I decided to pursue my passion for Polish history and culture at Indiana University in the Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures department. Undergraduate- and graduate-level seminars led by supportive and insightful faculty helped me to develop my research foci on the subjects of Holocaust memorialization and contemporary Polish-Jewish relations. As a recipient of the Samuel and Alicja Fiszman Scholarship from the Polish Studies Center, I furthered researched these subjects at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, and translated my studies into practice as an education department intern at the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków. This particular experience, which would have been impossible without the encouragement from and dedication of my Slavic department mentors, inspired my pursuit of a Master of Arts in Museum Studies at New York University, and continues to shape my academic and professional ambitions."
Bachelor of Arts in Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures, 2016
New York University, Master of Arts in Museum Studies, 2019