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! 

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.


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!

Slavic Program Calendar: Click here

Upcoming Events 

Tuesday, September 1, 11-2 PM. New Student Convocation and FestiFall. Stop by the Polish Club table, learn about the club and its activities, and become a member! 

Friday, September 18, 9-3. Digital Storytelling Workshop. Ethnic Layers of Detroit (ELD), a WSU group which is creating digital stories about Detroit's ethnic history, is hosting a free digital storytelling workshop. Participants will learn how to research a story and produce a short video. Space is limited, so register soon! Click here for more details and to register.  

Wednesday, September 23, 10-2. Study Abroad Fair. Learn about the many study abroad opportunities at Wayne, including trips to Russia and Poland. Hosted by the WSU Study Abroad Office. Location: Gullen Mall, in front of the Undergraduate Library. 

Wednesday, September 23, 10:30-2. WSU Global Fest. Look for the Slavic Klub booth which will be sellng Slavic foods and T-shirts. Location: Gullen Mall,

Thursday, September 24, 7 PM, the DIA. "9 Languages/ Wieloma językami": Polish artists Karolina Cicha and Bart Pałyga in concert. Concert is free and open to the public. For more info click here or write Alina Klin at

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


Check out photos from our Russian Tea trip to Campus Martius!

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.  

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 & 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, our Russian 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 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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