The WSU Slavic Program combines academics with hands-on activities, study abroad, and internship programs to bring Slavic cultures alive for Wayne State students. Our students enjoy a dynamic learning environment based on close interaction with the faculty, collaboration among students, and links to local and international Slavic communities. We welcome those who are looking for a stimulating program where students are able to participate in crafting their own learning experience, while simultaneously being challenged by high academic standards.

Wayne State offers a Major in Slavic Studies with concentrations in Polish and Russian. Students in either concentration choose either a second-language or an interdisciplinary focus. There are also minors in Polish and Russian. Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian are taught along with courses in literature, film, and culture. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular events, such as weekly Polish and Russian conversation groups, special lectures, workshops (such as egg-painting), movies, and outings to local Slavic restaurants. Our energetic Slavic Club is actively involved in organizing cultural events and scholarship fund-raising. We are currently developing learning communities – small groups of students that meet regularly to provide social and academic support, discuss Slavic topics, go on outings, engage with the community, and maintain close contact with faculty.

For more information download our handbook and consult the links below. 

Degree Programs


Click here to see the Slavic Program calendar


Slavic Scholarship Application  
Click here to access the Slavic Scholarship application. The deadline is Monday, March 23.

Panel Discussion: One Year Later, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, the EU, and the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict

When: Tuesday, March 24, 1:30-3:00 PM Click here for more information.

The Annual Pysanky/Pisanki Workshop

When: Tuesday, March 31, 2:30-4:30 PM Click here for more information.


Language and Culture Courses

Students can fullfill their Language Requirement by completing the Basic Language Sequence for Polish or Russian.

Students majoring in other fields but wishing to study the language and culture of  PolandRussia, or Ukraine can select from several Language and Culture courses


Ethnic Layers of Detroit

The Slavic program is part of an interdisciplinary project which is creating digital stories to preserve the ethnic heritage of Detroit. The project is currently being funded by an NEH grant. For more information, please go to: . You can also like us on Facebook


The Slavic Program is on Facebook! 

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Slavic Klub

The Slavic Klub is for WSU students interested in all things Slavic. Becoming a member of the Klub gives you a unique opportunity to learn more about different Slavic cultures (Polish, Russian and Ukrainian, but also Bosnian, Macedonian, Serbian and Croatian), provides a venue to have fun and to express yourself through different activities like making (and tasting of course) ethnic foods, dancing and creating art, among others. The Klub is also the place to meet people, get information about different interesting events around the Detroit area and find good company to attend them with. The Slavic Klub has also been very active in raising money for Slavic scholarships.

Click here for more information.


Photos of Slavic Events and Students!

Check out photos from the many events our students have been involved in!. Click here


Special Events & Resources for Russian Students

Russian Tea: Speakers of Russian of all levels are welcome to join us for Russian Tea, informal weekly conversation sessions, held Mondays and Thursdays from 11:45-12:30 in Manoogian 443. To receive notifications of any changes in the schedule, write and you will be added to the Russian Tea mailing list.

Russian Movie Club: Every Friday the Russian Movie Club shows a Russian movie with English subtitles in Manoogian 470 (the French Room) at 5:00 pm. All are welcome! To receive notifications of the movies we are showing, as well as any changes in the schedule, write and you will be added to the Russian Movie Club mailing list.

Russian Detroit: Click here for a list of places to go in the Detroit area for those interested in Russian culture. 

Russian Resources Online: Click here for a list of online resources for students of Russian language and culture. 

Russian Course Materials: Click here for course materials for RUS 2020, RUS 3020, Heritage RussianRUS 2710, RUS 3650/5650, Gulag course, and the Russian Declension Chart.




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