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 and Polish Culture Club are actively involved in organizing cultural events and scholarship fund-raising. 

Degree Programs


Slavic Scholarships

Slavic Scholarships are available to students majoring in Slavic Studies, with Polish or Russian concentration, for students minoring in Polish or Russian, and students participating in Polish or Russian study abroad programs. The scholarships are awarded in spring and vary in amount. The current scholarship application is available here. The deadline to apply this year is March 20, 2018.



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. 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! Like us on Facebook!


Polish Culture Club

The club organizes activities and volunteering opportunities to immerse its members in Polish culture and share it with others. To join, write to

In the Winter 2017 regular club meetings are usually held every second Monday of the month in the Romanian Room.  
For more information, please check out the club's  Facebook page 


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 

Thursdays, Fall 2018. 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


See photos from the March 2017 Schoolcraft Multicultural Fairwhere thousands of visitors learned about a variety of cultures, enjoy dance, singing, and cuisine. WSU hosted Russian and Ukrainian tables.

On Fat Tuesday, February 13, 2018, the WSU Polish Culture Club held a very succesful pączki sale. The students raised $350 for the Slavic Scholarship Fund.  Here are some photos from the event. The WSU Polish Culture Club raised $900 for the 2018 Slavic Scholarships.

The WSU Polish Culture Club together with Friends of Polish Art hosted the Wigilia celebration on Friday, December 9, 2016. During this wonderful, filled with good cheer event, students raised $450 for the Slavic Scholarship fund. Here is a short video from Wigiia 2016:

The WSU Slavic Klub had its annual Slavic Christmas Party at the Fiddler Restaurant in December. Guests enjoyed a delicious Slavic Christmas dinner, dancing, and live music, and learned about Slavic traditions. Check out our photos!  

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 & Ukrainian tables at the 2016 Schoolcraft Multicultural Fair and received compliments on their knowledge of those cultures!

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 2016 5 Nation Tournament 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.  

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. 

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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