Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Minor

School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Program Director and Advisor: Thayse Leal Lima, Ph.D.

The minor consists of 15 credits of coursework beyond the pre-requisite courses (PORT103 and PORT203) or their equivalents. Students complete intermediate to advanced immersive language courses that prepare them to communicate, understand, read and write in Portuguese. In addition, students will gain a rich understanding of the cultural, political, and social aspects of Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries. The minor's focus on culture, cinema, and language allows students to explore their interests while deepening their capacity to communicate across cultures.

To make an appointment to explore or declare a minor, go to http://arhu.umd.edu/academics/undergraduate-studies/minors/.

Prerequisite: PORT103 and PORT203 (or equivalent as determined through consultation with a program advisor)

Course Title Credits
Select 15 credits of the following:15
Intermediate Reading and Conversation in Portuguese I
Brazilian Culture
Selected Topics in Latin American Literature and Society 1
Survey of Portuguese Literature
Special Topics in Portuguese Literature
Special Topics in Brazilian Literature
Themes and Movements of Luso-Brazilian Literature in Translation 1
Cannibals, Savages and Carnivalization: The Making of Brazilian National Culture
Selected Topics in Latin American Culture
Issues in Latin American and Caribbean Studies I
Issues in Latin American and Caribbean Studies II
Special Topics in Study Abroad II
Brazilian Cinema
Special Topics in Study Abroad III
Experiential Learning
Special Topics in Brazilian Studies
Independent Study in Portuguese
Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Machado de Assis
Intermediate Reading and Conversation in Portuguese II
Portuguese Culture
Brazilian Portuguese through Film
Total Credits15

Portuguese PORT228 and PORT478 are conducted in English. The majority of written assignments will be in Portuguese for those students in the minor program.

  • At least 6 credits should be taken through courses above PORT203 taught in the Portuguese language.
  • At least 9 credits must be taken in upper-level courses (3xx or 4xx level).
  • A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to the minor from courses taken at other institutions.
  • A maximum of 9 credits may be applied from a University of Maryland Study Abroad program.
  • All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.

Professor Thayse Leal Lima, tlima@umd.edu

Please write to Dr. Lima with the following information: whether you have already declared the minor in Portuguese, when you are planning to graduate, which courses you have taken in Portuguese (at UMD or elsewhere), and your reason for declaring the minor in Portuguese.