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, WSU Slavic Scholarships, 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 

Mondays and Thursdays, Fall 2016. 11:45-1:00 pm. Mano 443. Russian Tea. Speakers of Russian of all levels are invited to join us for Russian Tea, informal conversation sessions. Refreshments will be served. For more details or to join our mailing list, write Laura Kline at

Thursday, October 20. 6:00 - close. The Slavic Klub's International Dance Party. Ukrainian Cultural Center, Warren. All are welcome! Cover: $5. For more details, check out the FB event page or write the club at

Thursday, October 27, 5:30 PM, 358 Manoogian: a screening of a new Polish- Israeli film "Demon". In Polish with the English subtitles. This psychological drama, with elements of horror, might be a perfect start of your Halloween! For more info emial or go to 

Thursday, November 10. 3:00 pm. - 5:00 pm. CMLLC Foreign Language Career Day. At Career Day students have the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives of a variety of professions who use foreign languages in their careers. Students will learn how languages can enhance their careers, which professions they can use foreign languages in, and how to best prepare for careers using foreign languages. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact Prof. Ken Brostrom at

Monday, November 14, 5:30 PM, 358 Manoogian: a screeing of a new Polish comedy "The King of LIfe" (2015, 90 min.). In Polish with the English subtitles. For more info emial or go to


On April 26 the German and Slavic programs recognized their outstanding students at the 2016 German and Slavic Excellence Awards Ceremony. This year we also celebrated Prof. Ken Brostrom's 40 years of service at Wayne State.

On April 23 the WSU Polish Club celebrated the Earth Day by helping to clean Belle Isle. In June the Club is planning to go back to Belle Isle for kayaking. 

Russian Tea made the news!

Our students manned Russian and Ukrainian tables at the 2016 Schoolcraft Multicultural Fair and received compliments on their knowledge of Russian and Ukrainian culture!

The WSU Slavic Program hosted its annual Egg-Decorating Workshop in March.

WSU Russian students and friends of the WSU Russian program hosted a Russian Delegation to Detroit for a home-cooked American dinner. The evening was filled with good food, good conversation, and new friendships!

The Slavic and French clubs joined forces to celebrate Russian Maslenitsa and French Mardi Gras with a blini/crepe pancake workshop!

The WSU Slavic Klub cheered the Russian team to victory in final game between the US and Russia at the 5 Nation Tournament on Feb. 13, 2016 at U.S. Hockey Arena. Afterwards, they met the Russian team members. 

The WSU Polish Club held a very successful pączki sale on Fat Tuesday and raised $394 for the Slavic Scholarships. Would you like to join the Polish Club? Contact Club's President, Emily Collette.  

CMLLC held its 3rd Annual Foreign Language Career Day!

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.

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!

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

In September, 2015, 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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