Clubs and Honor Societies
The French, German, and Spanish Clubs are active organizations with membership open to language students of all levels of study. Clubs usually meet once per month and present programs of cultural and/or academic interests.
The National Honor Societies of Pi Delta Phi (French), Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish), Dobro Slovo (Slavic), and Delta Phi Alpha (German) initiate students whose grade point average and superior performance in upper-level language classes qualify for membership.
The Association of World Language Majors was created to meet the needs of language students in their collegiate and career goals. Members of this organization serve in an advisory capacity to the department and learn more about academic and professional opportunities for all language majors.
Pi Delta Phi is the French National Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States. The oldest academic honor society for a modern foreign language in the U.S., Pi Delta Phi was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. There are currently more than 370 chapters of the Society in the United States and two representative chapters at the American Universities in Paris and Aix-en-Provence in France. The society was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967.
The purpose of the Society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.
Beta Zeta Chapter was founded at Samford University in 1953.
Dobro Slovo, The national Slavic Honor Society, was founded on the campus of the University of California at Berkeley on October 29, 1926. In 1963, with the help and encouragement of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), Dobro Slovo became the National Slavic Honor Society.
There are now over 130 local chapters with a total membership of 6,200. Dobro Slovo serves as a means for the recognition of academic excellence in the study of Slavic languages, literature, history, and culture. The Society serves as an incentive for scholarly interest in Slavic life and culture. The National Slavic Honor Society has been patterned after other existing honorary organizations. The Key of the Society is as representative of academic excellence in Slavic studies as the Phi Beta Kappa is for academic studies as a whole.
Delta Upsilon Chapter was founded at Samford University in 2004 .