Introduction

The Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (PBST) minor is interdisciplinary by nature. It enables students to analyze the diversity of the multiethnic regions that constitute the Portuguese-speaking countries (Angola, Brasil, Cabo Verde, Guine-Bissau, Mocambique, Portugal, São Tome e Príncipe, and Timor-Leste) and areas. This minor aims to provide students with an understanding of the cultural, linguistic, racial, gender, political, and socioeconomic forces and issues at play in the lusophone regions, with special emphasis on Brazil. The minor incorporates materials, methodologies, and cross-cultural comparisons from the fields of Anthropology, Archeology, Cinema, Cultural Studies, Economics, History, Latin American Studies, Literature, and Political Science.

Recommended Courses and Requirements for Minors and Programs

The PBST minor was intented as an interdisciplinary program that encourages students to study at least a semester in São Paulo, Brazil. With the exception of language classes, that follow a specific schedule, all of the other classes can be taken at different semesters.

Courses appropriate for prospective minors

PORT 115, Portuguese for Speakers of a Romance Language

PORT 242, Brazilian Cultural and Social Issues

For course descriptions and requirements for the minor, refer to the Academic Bulletin: Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.
 

Courses that fulfill distribution requirements

Comparative civilizations:
PORT 242, Brazilian Cultural and Social Issues

Division Ib:
PORT 290, Brazilian Cinema
PORT 304, Afro-Brazilian Literature

Writing Intensive:
PORT 304, Afro-Brazilian Literature
 

Suggested curricular flow for the PBST Minor

First Year
Language sequence:
PORT 115 [NOTE: Entrance level depends on the results of a placement examination or having taken 4 semesters of a Romance language or its equivalent. This class is only taught during the fall semester.]
PORT 231 [NOTE: This class is only taught during the spring semester.]
Portuguese native speakers are excused from taking these classes, but need to take an extra class.

Sophomore Year:
Portuguese language sequence [PORT 115 in the fall, PORT 231 in the spring]
 -or-
One or two additional courses. Students should orient their research on these classes on a specific Portuguese-speaking area.

Junior Year:
One or two additional courses. Students should orient their research on these classes on a specific Portuguese-speaking area.

Transfer of up to 3 classes in São Paulo:

  • Only 2 classes from CIEE: Brazilian Realities and/or the equivalent of PORT 231
  • Classes from Pontifícia Universidade Católica or Fundação Getúlio Vargas

Courses must be pre-approved by the minor coordinator.

Senior Year:
Additional courses as needed. Students should orient their research on these classes on a specific Portuguese-speaking area. Make an appointment with the minor coordinator in order to confirm requirements and to demonstrate research related to a Portuguese-speaking area for each class. Afterwards, students must declare the minor by going to the Registrar’s office.

Additional Remarks

Advising: Students must declare their intention to complete the minor and discuss class selection with the minor coordinator. Professor Marcelo Borges is the 2014-2015 coordinator.

Note: Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Spanish are one department but have been filed individually and alphabetically for ease of access.