The concentration in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies is the study of the Portuguese-speaking world, a large and diverse geographical and cultural area spread over five continents, including Brazil, Continental and Insular Portugal, Lusophone Africa and Luso-America, and inhabited by two hundred million people. Although students are encouraged to explore the global nature of the Portuguese-speaking world, their individual program will generally focus on one of the specific geographical areas mentioned above.
Using the Portuguese language as a basis, the concentration in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies allows students to develop their interests in the areas of language, literature, education, history or the social sciences in general. The concentration consists of eight interrelated courses to be selected by the student, in consultation with the Concentration Advisor, from the offerings in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies as well as in other departments, such as History, Political Science, Africana Studies, Anthropology and Sociology. At least four courses must be conducted in Portuguese. The prerequisite for the concentration is POBS 0400 or the equivalent. Students may choose between two basic programs:
Program A (Language and literature focus): (1) POBS 0610 (Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Brazil) and 0620 (Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Portugal and Africa); (2) At least two literature courses at the POBS 1500 level or higher; (3) An advanced writing course (POBS 1030 or 1320); (4) POBS 1800 (Concentration Seminar); (5) Two electives, at least one of which should be a course outside the field of language and literature.
Program B (Interdisciplinary focus): (1) POBS 0610 (Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Brazil) and 0620 (Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Portugal and Africa); (2) POBS 1800 (Concentration Seminar); (3) Five courses to be selected from the offerings in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and/or related departments, such as Africana Studies, Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Sociology.
Candidacy for honors in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies assumes a better than average record, particularly in the concentration. Candidates for honors are required to complete an honors thesis or other approved project. Normally honors candidates will register for POBS 1990 ("Research and Preparation of Honors Projects") in Semesters VII and VIII. These independent study units may not be used to satisfy the minimum course requirement for the concentration. Honors projects are evaluated by two faculty members. Detailed information on honors is available from the concentration advisor.
Foreign Study: Study either in Brazil or in Portugal (usually in the junior year or during the summer) is encouraged as an important part of the concentration. Up to four credits from participation in foreign-study programs can be applied towards the concentration. Students should begin to prepare early for participation in such programs.
Page last reviewed in February, 2010.
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