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Departmental Programs

SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

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.

All Portuguese majors must study a second language. Spanish is highly recommended.

Required Courses

12 General Education courses

2 Linguistics (satisfy college General Education Requirements in Social Science)

4 courses of one second language (Spanish strongly recommended; intensive track recommended)

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

  • 2 courses in Advanced Portuguese
  • 1 course in Portuguese Expository Writing
  • 1 course on Cultures of Portugal, Brazil, or Lusophone African countries
  • 1 survey of Brazilian or Portuguese Literature
  • 5 Semesters of Portuguese electives
Electives

Note: Portuguese majors who complete the Business Coursework Program, the Pre-Medical Program, or a second major are exempt from the second language requirement.

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 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. 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 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 get 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 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 further courses above 230 to reach a total of six.

Students who begin their minor at a level higher than Advanced Portuguese will nevertheless have to take six courses to complete the requirements unless they receive transfer or AP credit. At least four courses must be taken on the Georgetown campus or in the Georgetown University programs in Rio de Janeiro or São Paulo (Pontificia Universidade Católica), Brazil.

Requirements for minors entering Georgetown

Fall 2006 and beyond

For students majoring in a Spanish or any other Romance language:

  • PORT-009 Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
  • PORT-101 & PORT-102 Advanced Portuguese I & II
  • PORT-153 or PORT-154 Expository Writing I or II
  • Plus 2 courses (PORT-231 or above)

For all other students:

  • PORT-032 Intensive Intermediate Portuguese
  • PORT-101 & PORT-102 Advanced Portuguese I & II
  • PORT-153 or PORT-154 Expository Writing I or II
  • Plus 2 upper-level courses (PORT-231 or above).

Required courses for students entering Georgetown before Fall 2006:

  • PORT-011 & 032 Intensive Basic & Intensive Intermediate Portuguese
  • PORT-101 & 102 Advanced Portuguese I & II
  • PORT-153 Expository Writing
  • PORT-231 or upper-level elective literature, culture, or linguistics in content.
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. No credit will be given toward the minor for courses taken in non-Portuguese-speaking countries. 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. 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 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)

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