The 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 a minor in Russian. Polish and Russian 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 Poland or Russia 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.

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! And it has a Facebook page! Please visit!
The club members want to share Polish culture with others. If you want to join, 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 Tea, workshops, lectures, and outings. Find information on study abroad in Russiaproficiency examsRussian Detroituseful information online for Russian language learners, our Russian Student Handbook, and how to get on our mailing lists. Go to for details on these topics and more information about Russian at WSU.


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 astudy 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: culture.plThe Kosciuszko Foundation,Piast InstituteThe Polish MissionFriends of Polish ArtPolish American Congress andPolish Art Center.

Slavic Program Calendar: Click here

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, February 9, 9 AM-3 PM, Manoogian Hall. It is pączki time! The WSU Polish Club will sell pączki on the first floor of Manoogian. Celebrate Fat Tuesday the Detroit way! For more information click here

Thursday, February 11. 3-5 pm. CMLLC Foreign Language Career Day. Learn about career opportunities for students with a knowledge of foreign languages and cultures. Hear about the importance of being multilingual in a global economy; meet with representatives from a variety of Michigan-based companies, government agencies, and WSU Modern Language graduates. Check out all the representatives coming here. Location: WSU Student Center, 2nd floor, Hilberry Rooms A, B & C. Questions? Write Prof. Brostrom at

Saturday, February 13. 7:00 pm. US-Russia Hockey Game! Join the WSU Slavic Klub for an outing to a US-Russia hockey game at U.S. Hockey Arena (formerly Compuware) in Plymouth. Organized by the WSU Slavic Klub. Contact the Slavic Klub at to get tickets, which cost $15 (if we get a big enough group together, we will get a $2 discount).

Monday, February 15. 3:00 pm. Russian/French film "The Concert" (2009)(English subtitles) The Slavic and French clubs are gettting together to show a movie! Location: Manoogian 470 (The French Room) Organized by the WSU Slavic Klub and the Le Cercle Francais. Questions? Write the Slavic Klub at

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 Organized by the WSU Slavic Klub and the Le Cercle Francais

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). Students: please volunteer to help out! Free and open to the public. Questions? Write

Friday, April 29. Slavic End-of-the-Year Party! Come celebrate the end of the Winter 2016 semester and help us give a good send-off to graduating students. Current students and alumni are welcome, as are friends of the program! Hosted by the WSU Slavic Klub. More details, including time and venue, TBA. Questions? Write Karyna Sitkowski at


CMLLC held its 1st Annual Winter Ball on January 29, 2016, hosted by all the department's student clubs. The evening was full of music, dancing, food, and socializing. Check out some of the photos here.

Thank you to all who attended the Slavic Klub's Slavic Christmas Party, which celebrated Serbian, Russian, Slovak, Polish, and Ukrainian Christmas and New Year's traditions. You can find photos from the event here

WSU Polish Club's Wigilia 2015 was a big success! Students, their families and WSU faculty enjoyed a traditional Polish Christmas Eve meal, sharing of opłatki, caroling and dancing. Click here to see the photos. 

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

The Russian Program is creating a Russian Heritage 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 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. 

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. 




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