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. 

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! 

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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.

For more information, and to find out about all the cool things the club is doing this semester, click here!


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 of the many events our students have been involved in!


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 onstudy abroad in Russiaproficiency examsRussian Detroituseful information online for Russian language learners, ourRussian Student Handbook, and how to get on our mailing lists. CLICK HERE for details on these topics and more information about Russian at WSU. Remember our Russian Program URL:

Slavic Program Calendar: Click here

Upcoming Events 

Tuesday, November 24, 12-1:00 PM, 381 Mano: Polish your Polish at the Ranch! Expand your vocabulary and learn new idioms while watching "Ranczo", currently the most popular comedy on Polish TV. Click here for more information or write

Wednesday, December 2, 6 PM, 408 Manoogian: meeting of the WSU Polish Club. It's time to do some caroling in Polish! For more info click here or email

Friday, December 11, 6 PM: Traditional Polish Wigilia (Christmas Eve) celebration, hosted by WSU Polish Club. All are invited! This year at Polish Century Club. To buy tickets contact WSU Polish Club at or Alina Klin at For more information click here.

Friday, December 18, 5:30 pm. Slavic Christmas Party. Join us for a celebration of Slavic cultures and cuisines. Click here for more information and to make reservations.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016. 12-2 pm. Maslenitsa/Mardi Gras (Butter Week). Join us for our annual celebration of Russian Maslenitsa. This year we will be joined by the French Club to celebrate "Mardi Gras"! We will learn a bit about the Russian and French holidays, then make crepes and 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 pm. 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.Location: Manoogian 408 (the Romanian Room). Free and open to the public. Questions? Write


See photos from our Slavic Cuisine Workshop with an Uzbek Twist (November 2015)!

The Russian Program is creating a Russian Ethnic Room in Manoogian 446! We are currently in the planning stages. If you are interested in receiving updates or contributing to this exciting project, please contact Laura Kline at

The Polish Club sold delicious Polish food (donated by Polish Village Cafe and New Palace Bakery) and made new friends during the Global Fest on September 23.  For more information about the club email

The Slavic Klub had booths at the WSU Student Org Day and the St. Vladimir's Russian Festival in Ann Arbor, as well as a Slavic Party after Student Org Day. 

Russian Tea went on a number of outings this summer. Check out photos from our trips to Campus Martius, the DIA, and Belle Isle!

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

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. 


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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