Introduction

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 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.

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 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

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 104 (spring)                   
Or       
PORT 115 (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)
[NOTE: Entrance level for PORT 115 depends on the results of a 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 advanced language students are excused from PORT 231, but need to take an extra class.

Sophomore Year:
PORT 101 (fall) and PORT 104 (spring)                   
Or       
PORT 115 (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)
Or
PORT 116 (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)

After PORT 231, take one or two additional courses.

Junior Year:
PORT 101 (fall) and PORT 104 (spring)                   
Or
PORT 115 (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)
Or
PORT 116 (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)    

After PORT 231, take one or two additional courses           
Or
Study a semester or the entire year in São Paulo
[NOTE: 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 (PUC) or Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)
Courses must be pre-approved by the minor coordinator]

Senior Year:
PORT 115 (fall) and PORT 231 (spring)
Or
PORT 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 class.

Additional Remarks

Advising: Students must declare their intention to complete the minor and discuss class selection with the minor coordinator. Professor Carolina Castellanos is the 2015-2016 coordinator.

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