Russian at Wayne State University        

RUSSIA is the largest country in the world and one of the most important. It has vast reserves of natural resources, is one of the up-and-coming BRIC nations, plays a critical political and military role in world events, and is a vital part of the economies in Eurasia. The US has significant economic and business interests in the country. It is not surprising that the US government has classified Russian as a critical-needs language vital for national security interests (and supports its study with scholarships). Russia also has a fascinating history and rich culture that has produced many of the world's greatest writers, thinkers, composers, artists, and scientists.  

Studying Russian language and culture helps prepare students for a broad range of careers, including international business, governmental and non-governmental public service, education, science, and translation/interpretation. As Russian is the 7th most widely spoken language in the world and there are approximately 5.5 million Russian speakers in the US, Russian language skills can be an important asset when looking for jobs with businesses and organizations both internationally and in the US, especially in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Detroit. For more information about why studying Russian could be beneficial to you and your career, click here!

Besides offering a variety of courses in Russian language, literature, culture, and film, the Russian program has a number of extracurricular events, including Russian Tea, workshops, lectures, and outings that enrich students' knowledge and immerse them in a dynamic community of students, faculty, and Detroit-area residents. Our active "Slavic Klub" sponsors a number of social and cultural events as well. 


Degrees, Courses, Proficiency Exams





Proficiency Exams

Students can fullfill their Language Requirement by completing the Basic Language Sequence for Russian or by taking the Language Proficiency Exam. For more information, click here.


Study Abroad

The WSU Russian Study Abroad program is a four-week trip in June to St. Petersburg through SRAS. Students receive 80 hours of language instruction at the St. Petersburg State University of Economics. The trip also includes extensive cultural excursions in and around St. Petersburg, as well as a weekend in the Russian capital, Moscow. Click here for information.

Get Involved!

Slavic Program Calendar: Click here

2017-2018 Academic Year Events 


  • Mondays & Thursdays, Fall 2017. 12:15-1:15 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. 
  • Tuesday, August 29. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Slavic Klub Table at Festifall! Come out and learn about Slavic Klub at Festifall on Gullen Mall.
  • Wednesday, September 13. Time: TBA. Slavic Klub's "Slavic Social". Celebrate the beginning of the semester with the Slavic Klub! Learn about its activities, meet officers and members, and enjoy food and fun. Questions? Write
  • Saturday, September 16, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. Ann Arbor Russian Festival. Check out the WSU Slavic Klub's table at the festival and discover Russian culture! Location: St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church, 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter, MI. 

2016-2017 Academic Year Events 


  • Friday, January 13. 7 pm. Nativity Ball hosted by St. Vladimir’s Russian Orthodox Church in Ann Arbor.
  • Thursday, January 19. 7 pm. Anna Karenina. Watch a screened version of a Russian performance of Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. Maple Theater, Bloomfield. To join our group, write Laura Kline.
  • Friday, January 27. 7 pm. Russian Echoes Concert at Collingwood Art Center in Toledo, Ohio.
  • Wednesday, February 8. 7:30 pm. Russian Heritage Night with the Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Pistons will be playing the LA Lakers and Timofey Mozgov. Each member of our group will get a free Pistons item; you will also get to go on the Pistons court at end of game to shoot one free throw. Cost: $17 (upper level ends) or $35 (upper level center) - the group will decide which option it wants. To join our group, write Laura Kline by February 1.
  • Tuesday, February 21. 12-2. Annual Maslenitsa/Mardi Gras/Butterweek Cuisine Workshop! Don't miss this opportunity to learn about a variety of Butter Week traditions, then make and eat delicious Russian blini, French crepes, German Apfelpfannkuchen (apple pancakes), and Italian pizzelle (waffle cookies)! Sponsored by the WSU Russian Program, the WSU Slavic Klub, Le Cercle francais WSU, the Wayne State German Club, and Il Circolo Italiano WSU. For more information, write Laura Kline.
  • Saturday, February 25. 11:00 am - 4:00 pm. Undergraduate Olympiada of Spoken Russian. WSU Russian students will participate for the first time! The event will take place at Bowling Green State University.
  • Thursday, March 30, 10-3. Russian and Ukrainian Booths at the Schoolcraft Multicultural Fair. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about a variety of cultures, enjoy dance, singing, cuisine, and more. Free and open to the public. Schoolcraft College, VisTaTech Center.
  • Friday, March 31 - April 8. Root for the Russian Team at the 2017 Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI. 
  • Thursday, March 30. 7 pm. Movie: The Black Monk. Watch a screened version of a Russian performance of Chekhov's The Black Monk. Maple Theater, Bloomfield. To join our group, write Laura Kline.
  • Saturday, June 17. Time: TBA. "Shostakovich and the Black Monk: A Russian Fantasy." Musical and theatrical performance with the Emerson String Quartet at the DIA.


  • Wednesday, September 14. 4-6 pm. French Room (Mano 470) Slavic Social. Join the Slavic Klub for a beginning of the semester gathering. Meet Slavic Klub officers and members, and enjoy Slavic food! Free. All are welcome!
  • Thursday, September 17. 7:30 pm. Russian Movie. Outing to the movie "Evgeny Onegin" at the Maple Theater in Bloomfield. In Russian with English subtitles. For more details or to join our mailing list, write Laura Kline at
  • Sunday, September 18. 1-7 p.m. Ann Arbor Russian Festival. The Slavic Klub will have a booth at the Ann Arbor Russian Festival. Join us for good food, entertainment, and more! Volunteers are needed! Write us at to volunteer.
  • 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, November 10. 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. CMLLC Foreign Language Career DayAt 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  
  • Sunday, December 4, 9:45 AM, Sts. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral. Visit and Volunteer at a Russian Orthodox Church! Program (come to any part you like): 9:45 – 10:00: What to expect during an Orthodox service. 10:00-11:30: Orthodox church service. 11:30-11:45: Q & A after the service. 11:45-12:15: Tour of this historic church. 12:15-1:00: Coffee and refreshments. 1:00-3:00: Help serve lunch to the local community. 3:00-3:30: Clean up. Location: 3810 Gilbert St. Detroit. All are welcome! Please write Milena and let us know to expect you! Also, let us know if you need a ride to/from campus.
  • December 16. 7 pm. Slavic Christmas Party at The Fiddler in West Bloomfield! Join the Slavic Klub for a delicious Slavic Christmas dinner, dancing, live music, and fun! See photos from last year! For more information, write

2015-2016 Academic Year Events 


  • Wednesday, September 23, 10-2. Study Abroad Fair. Learn about the many study abroad opportunities at Wayne, including a trip to Russia. 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, We need donations of sweets and beverages! Please sign up here if you can help!
  • Friday, October 16, 7:30 pm: Slavic Klub outing to the Detroit Film Theatre to see the Ukrainian movie "The Tribe". See the Slavic Klub page for more details.
  • 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.
  • Wednesdsay, October 28, 4 pm. Russian Movie "Viy". Slavic Klub showing of the classic Russian movie "Viy" about a young priest ordered to spend three nights in a church with the corpse of a witch in a remote Ukrainian village. Where? Manoogian 470 (the French Room). Refreshments will include pizza, candy, and pop. Free and open to the public.
  • Tuesday, November 10, 12-2 pm. Slavic Cuisine Workshop with an Uzbek TwistLearn how to make Russian pelmeni (like pierogi), Slovakian syrova pomazanka (cheese spread), and Uzbek samosa (stuffed pastries)! Where? Manoogian 470 (the French Room). Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the WSU Slavic Klub and the Russian program. Questions? Write
  • Wednesday, November 11, 4-5 pm. Slavic Klub Meeting. Manoogian 443.
  • Wednesday, November 18, 3:30 pm. Slavic Klub / Macedonian Club joint movie showing: "The Third Half." Mano 470 (French Room). Free and open to the public! Refreshments will be provided.
  • Friday, December 18, 5:30 pm. Slavic Christmas Party. Join us for a celebration of Slavic cultures and cuisine! Click for more details and to reserve seats. 


  • Friday, January 29. 6-11 pm. Winter Ball. The Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures presents its first CMLLC Winter Ball! Come to the new Student Center Ballroom for a night of music, dancing, food, and socializing. Students, faculty, alumni, and community supporters welcome. Sponsored by a number of CMLLC student organizations, including the WSU Slavic Klub. Click here for more details.
  • 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. Location: WSU Student Center, 2nd floor, Hilberry Rooms A, B & C. Questions? Write Prof. Brostrom at
  • Saturday, February 13. 7 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. After the game, we are meeting the team! Contact the Slavic Klub at to get tickets, which cost $13.
  • Monday, February 15. 3:00 pm. Russian/French film "The Concert" (2009)(English subtitles). Organized by the WSU Slavic Klub and the Le Cercle Francais. Location: Manoogian 470 (The French Room)
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2016. 12-2. Maslenitsa/Mardi Gras (Butter Week). Join us for our annual celebration of 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
  • 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
  • Thursday, March 24, 2016. 10-3. Russian Booth at the Schoolcraft Multicultural Fair. Stop by and visit us! It's an exciting event!
  • Thursday, April 14th. 5:30. Movie showing: "Sputnik Declassified" will be shown at the WSU planetarium. Sponsored by the WSU Slavic Klub. Location: Old Main, room 0209. Free and open to the public.
  • Friday, April 29. 5:30 pm. 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. Where? Polish Village Cafe Restaurant in Hamtramck. Questions? Write Karyna Sitkowski at

Clubs and Activities

  • 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 12:30-1:30 in Man 443 from September to April. We often have Russian Tea sessions in the summer as well. To receive notifications of any changes in the schedule, write and you will be added to the Russian Tea mailing list.
  • 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. 
  • RUSSIAN DETROIT: Click here for a list of places to go in the Detroit area for those interested in Russian language and culture. 
  • PHOTOS!!! Check out photos from many of our events!



  • Apply for Slavic Scholarships today! The deadline is March 21.
  • We're Creating A Russian Heritage Room at Wayne State! Plans are underway for the creation of a Russian Ethnic Room in Manoogian! If you would like to receive updates on our progress and be notified of meetings, send an email to Laura Kline at to be added to our mailing list.
  • Russian Tea went on several 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!
  • See pages 3-5 of our Russian Student Handbook to find out what our students and alumni are up to,


Resources for Current and Prospective Students

WSU Russian Student Handbook & Newsletter

Click here for a wealth of information for current and prospective students of Russian at Wayne State, including career paths, information about our major and minor, current student and alumni news, and more.  



Click here for a list of possible sources of funding for your studies and study abroad.


Social Media and Mailing Lists


  • Russian Program on Facebook: Like us!
  • Slavic Program on FacebookLike us!
  • Russian on Facebook: Join our Russian learner's Facebook page by clicking here.
  • Language Department on Facebook: Like us!


MAILING LISTS: Write Laura Kline at to be added to any of the following:

  • Slavic Program List: Receive information about upcoming events, 
  • Russian Event Announcement List: For alumni and friends of the program, Receive information about upcoming Russian events, as well as major Slavic events like the Pysanka egg-decorating workshop. You will also receive information about major projects, like the creation of the Russian Heritage Room.
  • Job Announcements: Receive announcements of jobs requiring a knowledge of Slavic languages and/or cultures. 
  • Russian Tea: Receive announcements about our biweekly meetings of Russian Tea. 
  • Russian Heritage Room: Receive updates on the progress of the creation of a Russian Ethnic Room at Wayne.


Information about Russia and Russian

  • RUSSIAN RESOURCES ONLINE: Click here for a list of online resources for students of Russian language and culture. 
  • SRAS: We highly recommend the SRAS Website and newsletter as sources of information about current events and travel, study, and working in Russia.
  • Famous Americans with Russian Roots!


Why Study Russian? Check out these reasons:


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We LOVE to hear from our alumni! Let us know what you have been up to. It doesn't have to be a "major" accomplishment (although we like to hear about those too)! And if you are using Russian in your job or otherwise in your life, we would appreciate hearing about it. Please share any news you have by writing Laura Kline at



The Russian Program seeks donations to provide scholarships for its students. Too many of our gifted students work long hours to put themselves through college, which gives them less tine to focus on their studies and take advantage of all the opportunities our program and Wayne State offers. If you would like to contribute to our scholarship fund, please contact Laura Kline at


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