Language of instruction
Faculty of Humanities
Education profile: General academic
When the major is chosen: candidates submit their declaration together with their application to the University.
Offered foreign language courses: to be chosen from the offer of the Foreign Language Centre of the University of Silesia (the language course chosen by the student lasts 4 semesters)
Characteristics of the programme:
Polish Philology studies provide knowledge about the Polish language, the history of native literature and contemporary literary life. They teach independent intellectual activity, deep understanding of literary texts and other statements. A particular emphasis is also placed on the consequences of cultural changes for language and literature, as well as the relationship between these changes and other areas of socio-cultural life.
The studies prepare for conscious participation in culture and for a reflective perception of civilisation changes.
1/ Public Discourse – the student develops their competencies and skills of stylistic analysis of texts in media, including the choice of language etiquette and aesthetics. The student examines promotional texts and learns the rules of their creation, while preparing for work in various public institutions (for example public relations departments, departments for contacts with media, spokesperson offices, promotion and career offices, customer service points).
2/ Journalism and Cultural Communications – the student obtains basic skills useful in the work in PR department or as a spokesperson, develops their efficiency in speaking and writing texts in functional genres. They are aware of complex relationships between culture and other social spheres and consider the role of local and historical determinants of public life. They are prepared to work in cultural institutions, editorial offices connected with press or electronic media and for the role of the analyst of phenomena in contemporary and old-time culture.
3/ Editorship and Editing for Publishing Purposes – the student develops their knowledge and skills of commercial publications editing (including the use of computer software for text editing and typesetting). They also gain the basis of specialist philological knowledge in old texts and their editing by the principles of academic and popular science literature editing. The graduates of the major are prepared to work as editors, textologists and text editors, including specialist and scientific publishing houses.
4/ Literary Studies – the student deepens their specialist knowledge in history and literature theory with focus on new scientific approaches. Recognises literature as a relevant element of culture (old and modern), notices relations to other spheres of social life, perceives new artistic ideas in the context of changes in aesthetic awareness. The graduates of the major are prepared for the role of experts in literature, experts in the field of socio-cultural processes and for the next stage of academic education.
5/ Polish Language, Literature and Culture for Foreigners – the student obtains knowledge, skills and competencies that will allow them to teach Polish as a foreign language in Poland and abroad, as well as to teach Polish as the second language. The classes will be dedicated to issues of teaching Polish grammar, vocabulary, communication in school environment and cultural phenomena (film, literature, music) relevant to complete functioning and participation in Polish culture. Students learn the theories of bilingualism, consider the problems of learning a language and its status: first / second / native / foreign. They will learn about the methods of teaching and verifying knowledge about the language and mastering language competencies.
6/ Polish Language, Literature and Non-Literary Culture for Teachers – the student who is a graduate of the 1st cycle studies in Polish Studies, obtains the second part of preparation for the profession of a Polish language teacher and acquires the right to practice in primary and secondary schools in all types of educational institutions, in accordance with the standards set out in the Regulation of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of 2019. The major curriculum includes preparatory subjects: psychology and pedagogy, subject didactics (teaching Polish language and teaching Polish literature) and supplementary subjects: contexts of literature at school, knowledge about a student with special educational needs, legal and ethical dimension of educational activities, basics of speech-language pathology, language and literary education for foreigners. During continuous apprenticeship, the major also improves the practical skills of a Polish teacher.
7/ Creative Writing – the offer of studies with creative writing major is aimed at candidates who plan to work in the media services sector in the future, as well as to candidates who think about pursuing the career in literary or artistic fields. The basis of the curriculum is both theoretical subjects, on which students will be able to expand their knowledge of the history and theory of literature, and practical subjects in the form of workshops conducted by specialists in selected fields. Owing to the classes conducted within the Creative Writing, students gain knowledge about the mechanisms of literary life, the functioning of the book market in today's culture, and various forms of publishing circuits. At the same time they also gain high linguistic competencies, the expression of which is the ability to create various artistic, journalistic, and functional texts. The graduates of the creative writing major can find employment primarily in the media services sector, social and cultural institutions (editorial offices, news agencies, web portals, advertising agencies, public administration offices), i.e. wherever employees with general humanistic knowledge and competencies allowing to create, prepare and edit artistic, advertising or journalistic texts are needed. They are also prepared for writing and screenwriting work (film, computer games).
Other, additional information: Polish Studies are conducted at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Silesia in Katowice. The building is adjusted to the needs of people with disabilities. A prerequisite to choose the teaching major on the 2nd cycle studies is graduation from the 1st cycle of Polish Studies. The choice of other majors on the 2nd cycle studies depends neither on the major nor degree programme of the 1st cycle studies. The 2nd cycle studies include obligatory work placement within the major of Journalism and Cultural Communications, Text Editing, and Polish Language, Literature and Non-Literary Culture for Teachers. During studies, the students can pursue their passions, participate in literary meetings, edit newspapers and magazines, and in the work of research clubs.
Candidate has the necessary qualifications and competencies to continue education at 2nd cycle studies in this degree programme, confirmed with a degree diploma.
The candidates with a Bachelor’s degree diploma or Master’s degree diploma, particularly in the degree programmes within the following disciplines: humanities, social sciences and arts, may apply for admission.
Admission criterion: final grade on the diploma, based on which the ranking list of candidates is created; in the case of candidates who achieved the same final grade and are in a group exceeding the limit of places, the average study grade is decisive.
Tuition fees in academic year: 2022/2023
Payment for semester
for Polish citizens and foreigners entitled to education at full-time studies conducted in Polish without paying the tuition fee.
No tuition fees
Payment for semester
for foreigners applying for studies on tuition-paying basis
Tuition paid in full
Tuition paid in 3 installments
Faculty's contact details
Faculty of Humanitiesul. Uniwersytecka 4
Contact for foreigners
International Admissions OfficeBankowa 12, room 76