Portuguese and Lusophone Studies Course Options

Core courses:

POR 3400 (Advanced Oral Communication) (3). Development of oral skills through a variety of activities: Readings and recitations, public speaking, debate, skits, video production and drama. Open to native and non- native speakers. Prerequisite: Oral communication ability in Portuguese.

POR 3420 (Review Grammar/Writing I) (3). Practice in contemporary usage through selected readings in culture and civilization. Development of writing and speaking ability in extemporaneous contexts. The course will be conducted exclusively in the target language.

POR 3421 (Review Grammar/Writing II) (3). Examination of grammatical theory; discussion of the modern essay. Practice in the detection and correction of errors in usage. The course will focus on current international events as content for informal talks and compositions.

POW 3284 (Brazilian Short Story) (3). Short stories by major Brazilian authors serve to expan students’ reading ability, help them become familiar with modern Brazilian life, and learn to approach this literacy form critically.

Breadth courses:

POW 4390 (Brazilian cinema) (3). An examination of Brazilian films and culture from Cinema Novo to the present. Focuses on the northeast, urban society, magic and the Amazon.

POW 4391 (Brazilian Cinema and Human Rights) (3). An examination of human rights violations in Brazil through national cinema.

POW 4930 (Special Topics) (3). Independent readings, research, or project.

POR 3440 (Portuguese for Business) (3). Presents the special language needs for conducting business in Portuguese, with emphasis on the commerce and culture of modern Brazil. Practice in correspondence, documents, and presentations.

POR 3500 (Luso-Brazilian Culture) (3). Open to any student who understands Portuguese. The development of Portuguese speaking civilizations, with emphasis on either Portugal or Brazil: history, art, music, daily life, impact on other cultures.

POR 3930 (Special Topics in Language Linguistics) (3). Readings, research, and discussion of topics in Portuguese language or linguistics to be determined by students and instructor.

POR 4480 (Twentieth century Brazilian novel) (3). Emphasis on a particular period and/or region, such as the northeast from 1930-1960: Jorge Amado, Raquel de Queiroz, Graciliano Ramos, Lins de Rego; or similar focus.

PRT 3401 (Literature in Translation) (3). Masterpieces of Portuguese literature in English. Comparative use of the original text. Discussion and interpretation.

PRT 3510 (Witnessing War in Lusophone Cultures) – GL (3). Introduction to Witness Literature in Portuguese- speaking cultures (Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique) with a focus on challenges and dilemmas of the act of witnessing war.

PRT 3800 (Portuguese Translation I) (3). Review of theories and processes. Extensive practice in translating a variety of short texts, with emphasis on accuracy.

PRT 4430 (LGBTQ Culture in Brazil) (3). Examines LGBTQ cultural production in Brazil (films, novels, music) from the beginning of the 20th century to present times and addresses representations of violation of human rights in Brazil.

Advanced Literature:

POR 4480 (Twentieth Century Brazilian Novel) (3). Emphasis on a particular period and/or region, such as the northeast from 1930-1960: Jorge Amado, Raquel de Queiroz, Graciliano Ramos, Lins de Rego; or similar focus.

POW 4701 (Masterworks of Brazilian Literature) (3). Readings from the most important authors of Brazil, in several genres, presented in a chronological framework. Authors include M. de Assis, M. de Andrade, M. Bandeira, C. Lispector, etc.


FOL 3940 Internship in Foreign Language (0-3). An option for students who wish to Minor or Major in a foreign language.

Academic Learning Compacts: The Board of Governors requires that every undergraduate program provide its students with academic learning outcomes and inform them of the program's mission. During the course of their studies, Global Languages, Cultures and Literatures majors must be aware that they will be required to take part in assessment activities.