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Undergraduate Concentration in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

Professor Patricia I. Sobral
director of undergraduate studies


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 and the social sciences. The concentration consists of eight interrelated courses to be selected by the student, in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, from the offerings in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies as well as in other departments, such as History, Political Science, Afro-American Studies, Anthropology and Sociology. At least four courses must be conducted in Portuguese. The prerequisite for the concentration is Portuguese 400 or the equivalent. Students may choose between two basic programs:

Program A (Language and literature focus)

  • POBS 610 and 620 (Modern Luso-Brazilian Literature and Society)
  • At least two literature courses at the POSB 1500
  • An advanced writing course (POBS 1030)
  • POBS 1800 (Concentration Seminar)
  • Two electives, at least one of which should be a course outside the field of language and literature.

Program B (Interdisciplinary focus)

  • POBS 610 and 620 (Modern Luso-Brazilian Literature and Society)
  • POBS 1800 (Concentration Seminar)
  • 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

Undergraduate Concentration Guide