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 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 202 (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 231 and PORT/LALC 242 is strongly encouraged.

Recommended Courses and Requirements for Minors and Programs

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

Beginning in fall 2020, Dickinson will start is own program in São Paulo, Brazil, in partnership with the world-renowned Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Students who wish to go to Brazil before that date will take part in our current partner program with CIEE and the Pontifícia Univesidade Católica (PUC-Rio) in Rio de Janeiro.

Courses appropriate for undeclared, prospective minors

PORT 242, Brazilian Cultural and Social Issues

For students who do not speak Portuguese:

PORT 101, 102, 200 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 (spring)
Or
PORT 200 (fall) and PORT 202 (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 202, but need to take an extra class.

Sophomore Year:
PORT 101 (fall) and PORT 102 (spring)
Or
PORT 200 (fall) and PORT 202 (spring)
Or
PORT 201 (fall) and PORT 202 (spring)
After PORT 202, take one or two additional courses.

Junior Year:
PORT 101 (fall) and PORT 102 (spring)
Or
PORT 200 (fall) and PORT 202 (spring)
Or
PORT 201 (fall) and PORT 202 (spring)
After PORT 202, take one or two additional courses
Or
Study one semester or the entire year in Brazil and transfer of up to 3 course:
- Only 2 courses from CIEE: Brazilian Realities and/or the equivalent of PORT 231
- Courses from the Pontificia Universidade Católica de Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)

Courses must be pre-approved by the minor coordinator

Senior Year:
PORT 200 (fall) and PORT 202 (spring)
Or
PORT 201 (fall) and PORT 202 (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

OPPORTUNITIES FOR OFF-CAMPUS STUDY
Students in the PBST minor, and students interested in the lusophone world in general, can pursue off-campus study in Brazil. Beginning in fall 2020, Dickinson will start its program in São Paulo in partnership with the world-renowed Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Currently, Dickinson students take part in our partner program with CIEE in Rio de Janeiro. The Rio de Janeiro program will be discontinued once Dickinson in São Paulo begins accepting students in fall 2020. Students can spend the fall, spring or full academic year in Brazil. Please see the on-campus coordinator, Professor Shawn Setin, for more information or visit CGSE webpage.

RELATED ACTIVITIES
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.

CAREER DIRECTIONS
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. Visit the PBST webpage for more information.

Advice: Students must declare their intention to complete the minor and discuss class selection with the minor coordinator. Contact the PBST coordinator, Professor Shawn Stein.

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