The Department of Modern Languages offers both a Major and a Minor in Portuguese. In addition, the Department offers a Certificate in Portuguese Language and Brazilian Culture.

While course content includes material on Portugal and her former colonies, these programs are intended primarily for students with a special interest in the language and culture of Brazil. It is strongly suggested that any interested student combine Portuguese studies with a first or second major in a related or complementary area, such as Spanish, French, History, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, or International Business.

Of special interest for students interested in Portuguese are the study abroad opportunities that are available through FIU. The Department of Modern Languages offers a Study Abroad Summer Program and the Celpe-Bras Proficiency Exam in Portuguese. Some courses available in these programs, beyond basic language instruction, make up part of the Portuguese major, minor, and certificate.

To receive more information, please contact the following faculty: Nicola Gavioli, Visiting Assistant Professor of Portuguese: ngavioli@fiu.edu (305) 348-4556; or Augusta Vono, Teaching Professor of Portuguese: vonoa@fiu.edu (305) 348-2049.

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In Fall 2010, FIU launched the first phase of its new global learning graduation requirement as part of the Global Learning for Global Citizenship initiative. Starting this academic year, first-time-in-college freshmen take two global learning courses prior to graduation-one global learning foundations course in the UCC and one upper division global learning course as part of their major program of study. The requirement will apply to all incoming students beginning in Fall 2011.

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