Dobro Slovo was established at UC Berkeley on October 29, 1926, to recognize academic achievements of Slavic students. In 1963 the National Slavic Honor Society – Dobro Slovo – was founded with the help and encouragement of the American Associaton of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL). The present-day Society recognizes the academic excellence of students studying Slavic languages and literatures and helps to foster scholarly interest in Slavic life and culture.
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.
There are three classes of membership: student, faculty and honorary. Members may be chosen from both undergraduate and graduate students and from the faculty of the local institution.
Qualifications for student membership are:
- The student must have completed two years (or equivalent) of study of Slavic languages, literature, culture, or related subjects with a minimum average grade of 85% (B) or its letter or point equivalent.
- The minimum overall academic average should be 80% (B) or its letter or point equivalent
- The student must indicate an active and continuing interest in Slavic languages, literature, culture or related fields of Slavic studies.
The Chapter Faculty Advisor is responsible for determining the eligibility of all candidates.
- National recognition for academic excellence
- Personalized Membership Card
- 8 ½ x 11 Membership Certificate (suitable for framing)
- A Society Pin