Minor

Five courses:

PORT 231

A minimum of (4) 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 242/LALC 242 is strongly encouraged.

Exceptions can be made by permission of the coordinator.

Students must conduct the main research of the following classes on a Portuguese-speaking area (for some of the classes FLIC option is available):

ANTH 222: Contemporary Peoples of Latin America
ARCH/ANTH/LALC 262: South American Archaeology
ECON 236: Latin American Economies
HIST 130: Early Latin American History to 1800
HIST 131: Modern Latin American History since 1800
HIST 215: Topics in Comparative History (When appropriate)
HIST 272/AFST 310: The Atlantic Slave Trade
HIST 283/LALC 283: Latin American - U.S. Relations
HIST 315: Studies in Comparative History (When appropriate)
[HIST TOPICS: PROPOSED PENDING APPROVAL]
LALC 101 Introduction to Latin American Studies
LALC 200: Special Topics in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (When appropriate)
LALC 300: Special Topics in Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies (When appropriate)
PORT 231: Conversation and composition
PORT 242/LALC 242: Brazilian Cultural and Social Issues
PORT 380: Topics in Luso-Brazilian and Hispanic Studies
POSC 251: Latin American Politics
SPAN 380: Topics in Luso-Brazilian and Hispanic Studies (When appropriate)

Courses in CIEE Liberal Arts Program and CIEE Culture Business Program, in São Paulo, Brazil: Up to 2 classes related to a Portuguese-speaking area, taken at the CIEE Council in São Paulo may count towards the minor. One additional course related to a Portuguese-speaking area may count when taken at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica or at the Fundacao Getulio Vargas. Course must be pre-approved by the minor coordinator.

Courses

101 Elementary Portuguese
An intensive study of the fundamentals of Portuguese grammar, with special attention given to pronunciation and oral expression. Composition and literary and cultural readings.

 

104 Elementary Portuguese
An intensive study of the fundamentals of Portuguese grammar, with special attention given to pronunciation and oral expression. Composition and literary and cultural readings.
Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent

 

115 Portuguese for Speakers of a Romance Language
This course is designed for students who have previously studied another Romance language and would like develop speaking, reading, writing and listening skills in Portuguese. The course assumes no previous knowledge of Portuguese, and will rely on the comparative grammar and cognate vocabulary of Spanish and other Romance languages to develop language skills over the course of the semester. In addition, the class will explore aspects of Portuguese-speaking cultures in Europe, Latin America and Africa.
Prerequisites: four semesters of a Romance language (or the equivalent), or permission of instructor.

 

116 Intermediate Portuguese
Review of Portuguese syntax. Introduction to conversation and composition through selected cultural and literary readings.
Prerequisite: 104 or the equivalent.


231 Portuguese Conversation and Composition
Advanced practice in oral and written Portuguese. In-class work focuses primarily on oral practice through presentations and class-wide discussions of these presentations, of current events, readings and films, as well as small group practice emphasizing everyday situations. Out-of-class work focuses on writing and revision of compositions with emphasis on both grammar and style.
Prerequisite: 116, 115 or permission of the instructor.

 

242 Brazilian Cultural and Social Issues
In this class students learn about a variety of aspects of Brazilian culture and social issues. While highly discussed topics in Brazil and about Brazil, such as carnival, malandragem, and jeitinho are examined, throughout the semester students explore three different types of encounters: Native encounters, African and Afro-Brazilian encounters, and gender encounters. Students analyze these ideas concentrating on the nature of the encounters and the criticisms generated. Also, the class examines issues of representation related to marginalization, violence and banditry. In order to carry out the analysis of ideas and cultural representations and their development, students work with a variety of texts from different disciplines - literature, anthropology, sociology, history, and film - and follow an intersectional methodology.
This course is cross-listed as LALC 242. Offered every year.

 

290 Brazilian Cinema
This class focuses on important examples of Brazilian cinema, as well as on critical episodes, manifestos, and challenges faced by Brazilian directors, screenwriters, and actors. The class will also analyze diverse periods and genres, such as chanchadas, Cinema Novo, and retomada. Particular attention will be paid to the representation of native Brazilians, Afro-Brazilians, women, and marginalized places (Backlands, favelas, etc.), and how their representation has had social and economic repercussions in Brazil. Taught in English. Available as a FLIC option in Portuguese.
This course fulfills the DIV I.b. distribution requirement. This course is cross-listed as FLST 290 and LALC 290. Offered every two years.

 

304 Afro-Brazilian Literature
This class analyzes the literary production of Afro-Brazilians writers, as well as the representation of Afro-Brazilian characters in literary texts. It reviews different literary periods and the images those periods created and/or challenged and how they have affected and continue to affect the lives of Afro-Brazilians. Also, by paying particular attention to gender and social issues in different regional contexts, the class considers how Brazilian authors of African descent critically approach national discourses, such as racial democracy and Brazilianness. Taught in English. Available as a FLIC option in Portuguese.
This course fulfills the DIV I.b. distribution requirement and the WR graduation requirement. This course is cross-listed as AFST 304 and LALC 304. Offered every two years.