The Portuguese program functions primarily as a service to other programs, including Spanish, Latin American Studies, the Latin American program in the department of Government and Foreign Affairs, Anthropology, and others. It offers three semesters of intensive language instruction, focused on Brazilian Portuguese, and a course on Brazilian culture given in English.
Students interested in beginning Portuguese at the University should have considerable prior experience with Spanish or French. There is a minor in Portuguese, but students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to spend a semester studying abroad in Brazil or in Portugal.
The Undergraduate Program in Portuguese offers beginning, intermediate and advanced language courses (PORT 1110, 2120, 3010). These courses emphasize speaking, understanding, reading and writing of Portuguese, especially as used in Brazil.
The requirements for the minor in Portuguese consist of eighteen credits beyond PORT 2120. Students interested in the minor are strongly encouraged to spend a semester studying abroad in Brazil or in Portugal. The courses counting toward the Portuguese minor include:
POTR 4270 – The Civilization of Brazil
Introduces the development of Brazilian culture from 1500 to the present. This course is taught in English and does not fulfill the language requirement.
PORT 3010 – Advanced Grammar, Conversation and Composition
Prerequisite: PORT 2120 or by permission. Studies advanced grammar through analysis of texts; includes extensive practice in composition and topical conversation.
PORT 4020 – Readings in Literature in Portuguese
Prerequisite: PORT 2120 or by permission. Studies readings from the chief periods of Brazilian and Portuguese literature.
PORT 4410 – Brazilian Literature
Studies leading figures and movements from Colonial times to 1900.
PORT 4420 – Brazilian Literature
Studies leading figures and movements from 1900 to present.
PORT 4610, 4620 – Studies in Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature
Prerequisite: one course at the 3000 level or higher, or instructor permission. Studies topics in Portuguese or Brazilian literature or in Portuguese linguistics according to the interests and preparation of the student.
For more information about the Portuguese Minor, please contact Professor Eli Carter.