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 

Monday, October 19, 5:30 PM: Polish film "Life Feels Good" ("Chce się żyć", 107 min., 2013).  in 358 Manoogian. The screening is free and open to the public.
Click here for more information or email  

Wednesday, October 21, 2:30 pm. Lecture: The US/Allied Intervention in the Russian Civil War by Mike Grobbel, president of “Detroit’s Own” Polar Bear Memorial Society. Manoogian 91. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 10, 12-2. Slavic Cuisine Workshop with an Uzbek Twist! Learn how to make Slavic and Uzbek dishes! Where? Manoogian 470 (the French Room). Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the WSU Slavic Klub and the Russian program. Questions? Write

Thursday, November 12, 6:00 PM: Award-winning Polish film "Body/Ciało" (90 min., 2015). In 358 Manoogian. The screening is free and open to the public. Click here for more information, or email 

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. 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.Location: Manoogian 408 (the Romanian Room). Free and open to the public. Questions? Write


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. The Club is planning to host a traditional Polish Wigilia celebration on Friday, December 11 (details: TBA). All are invited! For more information about the club
events 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!

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.  

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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