Portuguese

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers both a major and a minor in Portuguese.

Major in Portuguese

Portuguese majors complete coursework in literatures, cultures, and linguistics of the Lusophone world. Students begin at an appropriate level based on the placement examination given upon entrance. Most Portuguese majors begin their study with Advanced Portuguese I, although some students with less preparation take Intensive Basic Portuguese, which means they must take two additional semester courses in Portuguese to complete their major.

Required Courses

2 courses in Portuguese or Hispanic linguistics (satisfy College core requirements in social sciences)

10 Portuguese courses (unless lower placement requires additional language study) consisting of:

  1. 2 courses in Advanced Portuguese (101 and 102)
  2. 1 course in Portuguese Expository Writing (153)
  3. 1 course in Cultures of Portugal, Brazil, or Lusophone African countries (233 or 460)
  4. 1 course in Portuguese: Literature and Culture I or II (261 or 262)
  5. 5 Portuguese electives (154-499)

Note: native or heritage speakers of Portuguese, transfer students, or students who have placed out of language classes should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the major approval. 

Integrated Writing Requirement

Writing is an integral part of each of the three majors offered by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (Spanish, Portuguese, and Spanish and Portuguese Studies) and central to all levels of study in our course offerings. Beyond demonstrating linguistic competence and cultural literacy, the Department views writing as an essential tool for the development of critical thinking and its expression. Importantly, learning to write well in Spanish and/or Portuguese develops skills that are transferable to many post-college careers.

Overseas Studies

Portuguese majors are required to study abroad in Brazil or Portugal for a semester or, ideally, for an academic year. Although Advanced Portuguese I is the minimum required course, it is highly recommended that students complete Expository Writing before enrolling in a study-abroad program. Students must obtain the approval of the Director of the Portuguese Studies for their courses before going overseas.

Students participating in overseas study may take courses in Luso-Brazilian Art, Portuguese Linguistics, Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, and other appropriate related areas. These courses can be used to fulfill upper division Portuguese Studies requirements. A maximum of two course per semester taken abroad can be counted toward the major, provided the courses are taught in Portuguese and deal with any of the countries of the Lusophone world. One of these can be a program course reserved for foreign students in general or American students in particular. Upon returning, students will show their syllabi of courses taken abroad to the Director of the Portuguese Studies in order to receive credit. No credit is given to majors or minors for Portuguese language courses taken abroad in Lusophone-speaking countries. No credit will be given toward the minor for courses taken in non-Portuguese-speaking countries. (See the Overseas Study section of this Bulletin.)

Transfer/AP Credit

A maximum of four courses taken at other institutions can be transferred toward the major. Transfer students must have the approval of the Director of the Portuguese Studies in order to receive credit for courses taken at another institution.

Latin American Studies Certificate and Certificate in European Studies

See the Latin American Studies Certificate section in the Bulletin.

Portuguese Major with FLL Business Coursework

See the Business Coursework section of this Bulletin.


Minor in Portuguese

Students in other majors are invited to minor in Portuguese. Six semester courses are required as set forth below. Students who begin at the Advanced level or higher will take other courses above 200 to reach a total of six.

At least four courses must be taken on the Georgetown campus.

Requirements for minors entering Georgetown

1.      PORT-032 or PORT-009

2.      PORT-101 and 102 Advanced Portuguese I and II

3.      PORT-151 or PORT-153, or PORT-171

4.      2 courses at the 200-level or above in literature, culture or linguistics, one of which must be numbered 300 or above. A maximum of one course taught in English in the department can count towards the minor. If the course is taught in English or cross-listed with another department, Portuguese minors are required to do all written work in Portuguese. Courses taken abroad can be used to fulfill 200-level elective Portuguese requirements, provided they are taught in Portuguese and deal with any countries of the Lusophone world.

Note: native or heritage speakers of Portuguese, transfer students, or students who have placed out of lower-level Portuguese language classes should consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the minor approval.

Overseas Study (Minors)

Portuguese minors are encouraged to study abroad. Although Advanced Portuguese I is the minimum required course, it is highly recommended that students complete Expository Writing before enrolling in a study-abroad program. Students must get the approval of the Director of the Portuguese Studies for their courses before going overseas.

Students participating in overseas study may take courses in Luso-Brazilian Art, Portuguese Linguistics, Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, and other appropriate related areas, provided the courses are taught in Portuguese and deal with any of the countries of the Lusophone world. One of these can be a program course reserved for foreign students in general or American students in particular. Upon returning, students will show their syllabi of courses taken abroad to the Director of the Portuguese Studies in order to receive credit. These courses can be used to fulfill upper division Portuguese Studies requirements. A maximum of one course per semester taken abroad can be counted toward the minor. No credit is given to majors or minors for Portuguese language courses taken abroad in Lusophone-speaking countries. No credit will be given toward the minor for courses taken in non-Portuguese-speaking countries.

Transfer/AP Credit

A maximum of one course taken at other institutions can be transferred toward the minor. Transfer students must have the approval of the Director of the Portuguese Studies in order to get credit for a course taken at another institution.

(For course listings for Portuguese see http://courses.georgetown.edu)