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

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! 

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:


Course Materials



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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