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. 

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

Degree Programs


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.


Job Announcements

Join our listserv and you will receive announcements of jobs requiring a knowledge of Slavic languages and/or cultures. To be added, write


The Slavic Program is on Facebook! 

Click here!


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


Slavic Klub

Founded in 2003, the Slavic Klub is for WSU students interested in all things Slavic. Members have the opportunity to learn more about different Slavic cultures (such as Russian, Ukrainian, Slovakian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, and Polish), meet people and make friends, and attend different interesting events around the Detroit area. The Slavic Klub has also raised money for Slavic scholarships.

Click here for more information.

Slavic Program Calendar: Click here

Upcoming Events 

Friday, July 24, 2015. 12:00. Russian Tea on campus in Mano 443. For more info, write

Friday, July 31, 2015. 12:00. Russian Tea at Campus Martius! For more info/to get a ride, write

Tuesday, March 8, 2016. 12-2. Maslenitsa (Russian Butter Week). Join us for our annual celebration of Maslenitsa. We will learn a bit about the holiday, then make blini (Russian pancakes) and eat them! Free and open to the public. Where? Manoogian 470 (the French Room). Questions? Write

Tuesday, March 22, 2016. 12-2. Slavic Egg-Decorating Workshop. The Slavic Program will hold its annual Slavic Egg-Decorating  Workshop, led by Ukrainian Pysanka artist Zenia Brezden.  Learn how to make beautiful eggs using wax and dyes. Free and open to the public. Questions? Write


Check out photos from our Russian Tea trip to the DIA!

Check out photos from our Russian Tea trip to Belle Isle!

Karyna Sitkowski (Slavic major with a Russian concentration) was awarded an undergraduate research grant to study Soviet and post-Soviet serial killers. Click here for more info!

2015 Poland Study Abroad: check the photos from the trip! (May 12-27) Next trip will be offered in May 2016.  

A new course is being offered this fall: “Russian Émigré Literature” (RUS 3810/SLA 3800), on Tu/Th 1:25-2:50, taught by Prof. Brostrom 

See photos from the Slavic Program's End-of-the-Year Party on May 1

Check out our photos from the German and Slavic Excellence Awards Ceremony (April 28, 2015)

Watch online the Panel Discussion: One Year Later, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, the EU, and the Russian-Ukrainian Conflict (the dicussion took place on March 24, 2015)
Click here to view the discussion. 


Polish Club

This is a new kid on the block! The club members want to share Polish culture with others. If you want to join please write to


Photos of Slavic Events and Students!

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


For Current & Prospective Students of Russian

Knowing Russian language and culture could transform your career. Find out why! View the requirements for our Slavic Major with a Russian Concentration and our Russian Minor as well as our course offerings. Learn about sources of funding, extracurricular events, including Russian Movie Club, Russian Tea, workshops, lectures, and outings. Find information on study abroad in Russia, proficiency examsRussian Detroit, useful information online for Russian language learners, and how to get on our mailing lists! Current students can find Russian class materials here as well. CLICK HERE for details on these topics and more information about Russian at WSU. Remember our Slavic Program URL:


For Current and Prospective Students of Polish

Knowledge of Polish and Polish culture is a valuable asset. This is especially true in Michigan, where over 800,000 inhabitants identify themselves as Polish-Americans, and also in the global economy and politics as Poland continues to grow in prominence. That is why we offer a Slavic Major with a Polish Concentration.
In addition to learning the Polish language and culture (in a classroom setting, online, and in a study abroad program), our students participate in extracurricular activities such as panel discussions, screenings of new Polish films, pisanki workshops, Wigilia celebrations and others. To sample the wealth of Polish and Polish-American culture check out the following sites:, The Kosciuszko Foundation, Piast Institute, The Polish Mission, Friends of Polish Art, Polish American Congress and Polish Art Center.





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