The Portuguese and Brazilian Studies 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, Guiné-Bissau, Moçambique, Portugal, São Tomé e Príncipe, and Timor-Leste) and regions. The PBST 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.

The minor requires the successful completion of five (5) courses:

  1. PORT 231 (or its equivalent)
  2. Four other courses, typically with significant Luso-Brazilian content (a minimum of one course from Division I, and one from Division II). Courses must be decided in consultation with the minor coordinator.

NOTE: PORT/LALC 242 is strongly encouraged.

Recommended Courses and Requirements for Minors and Programs

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

Courses appropriate for undeclared, prospective minors

PORT 242, Brazilian Cultural and Social Issues

For students who do not speak Portuguese:

PORT 101, 102, 200 (previously 115) or 201

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

Humanities (Division I B):
PORT 290, Brazilian Cinema
PORT 304, Afro-Brazilian Literature

Writing in the Discipline (WID):
PORT 304, Afro-Brazilian Literature

Suggested curricular flow for the PBST Minor

First Year:
PORT 101 (fall) and PORT 102 (previously 104) (spring)                   
PORT 200 (previously 115) (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)
Entrance level for PORT 200 depends on the results of a French/Italian/Spanish placement examination or having taken 4 semesters of a Romance language or its equivalent.

Students can enroll in classes taught in English, but, for classes outside the Portuguese department, students must orient their research in terms of a specific Portuguese-speaking area.

Native speakers or students with advanced Portuguese language proficiency from previous experience may complete the minor without 231, but need to take an extra class.

Sophomore Year:
PORT 101 (fall) and PORT 102 (previously 104) (spring)                   
PORT 200 (previously 115) (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)
PORT 201 (previously 116) (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)

After PORT 231, take one or two additional courses.

Junior Year:
PORT 101 (fall) and PORT 102 (previously 104) (spring)                   
PORT 200 (previously 115) (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)
PORT 201 (previously 116) (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)

After PORT 231, take one or two additional courses           
Study one semester or the entire year in São Paulo
Transfer of up to 3 course credits from São Paulo:
- Only 2 courses from CIEE: Brazilian Realities and/or the equivalent of PORT 231
- Courses from Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) or Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)
Courses must be pre-approved by the minor coordinator

Senior Year:
PORT 200 (previously 115) (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)
PORT 201 (previously 116) (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)

Additional courses as needed.

Make an appointment with the minor coordinator in order to confirm requirements and to demonstrate research related to a Portuguese-speaking area for each course.

Additional Remarks


Minor students can pursue off-campus study in São Paulo, Brazil. Dickinson has a partner program with CIEE that includes two tracks: 1) Liberal Arts and 2) Business Culture. Students can spend the fall, spring or full academic year in São Paulo. Please see the on-campus coordinator, Professor Carolina Castellanos, for more information or visit CGSE webpage.



Portuguese and Brazilian Studies complements curriculum with engaging co-curricular activities, such as lectures and cultural programs by visiting scholars, performers and artists, film series, weekly Portuguese table conversation meet-ups, and events that celebrate lusophone cultural heritage.



Portuguese and Brazilian Studies minors develop strong critical skills with an emphasis on cultural awareness and competence, analytical thinking, cross-cultural comparisons, and social justice. 


Advice: Students must declare their intention to complete the minor and discuss class selection with the minor coordinator. Professor Carolina Castellanos is the coordinator.

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