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!

Slavic Program Calendar: Click here

Upcoming Events

Screening of "Gods", a new film from Poland

Tuesday, April 14, 5:30 PM, 358 Manoogian
For more information click here


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. 

The WSU Slavic Program held its annual Slavic Egg-Decorating Workshop in March. To see photos, click here!

Russian & Ukrainian students manned a booth at the Schoolcraft Multicultural Fair. To see photos, click here
The Slavic Program celebrated Maslenitsa, Russian Butter Week, with a blini workshop. To see photos, 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

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


Events & Resources for Russian Students

Sources of funding 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 from September to April, and Thursdays from 11:00-12:00 from May to August. 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 during the regular academic year 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 on Facebook: Join our Russian learner's Facebook page by clicking here.

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.

Russian Proficiency Exam and Credit by Exam

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