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.
Join our listserv and you will receive announcements of jobs requiring a knowledge of Slavic languages and/or cultures. To be added, write email@example.com.
The Slavic Program is on Facebook!
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: http://www.langlab.wayne.edu/eld/. You can also like us on Facebook.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Russia, proficiency exams, Russian Detroit, useful information online for Russian language learners, our Russian Student Handbook, WSU Slavic Scholarships, and how to get on our mailing lists. Go to wsurussian.com 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.pl, The Kosciuszko Foundation,Piast Institute, The Polish Mission, Friends of Polish Art, Polish American Congress andPolish Art Center.
Slavic Program Calendar: Click here
Mondays and Thursdays, Winter 2017. 12:30-1:30 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.
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.
Saturday, April 1, 3:30 pm. Root for the Russian Team at the 2017 Ice Hockey Women's World Championship. USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, MI. Tickets are $12. To join our group, write Laura Kline.
Tuesday, April 11, 11:30-2:30 PM: Annual Slavic Easter Egg Decorating Workshop. This year learn how to make traditional Ukrainian pysanky and Polish pisanki with Dr. Luba Petrusha. In 408 Manoogian (Romanian Room.) All materials provided. Click here for more information or write email@example.com.
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.
On Fat Tuesday, February 28, 201, the WSU Polish Culture Club held a very succesful pączki sale. The students raised another $450 for the Slavic Scholarship Fund! Here are some photos from the event.
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9rU6DrEuNo
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!
The Russian Program is creating a Russian Heritage Room in Manoogian 446! We are currently in the planning stages. If you are interested in contributing to this exciting project, please contact Laura Kline.
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.