Concentration Guidelines

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. The prerequisite for the concentration is POBS 0400 or the equivalent; however, these prerequisites do not count toward the 8 concentration requirements.

Beyond introductory language courses, concentration requirements for Portuguese and Brazilian Studies consist of the following courses:

  • POBS 0610 (Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Brazil)
  • POBS 0620 (Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Portugal and Africa)
  • POBS 1030 (Portuguese Stylistics)
  • POBS 1800 (Concentration Seminar)
  • Four 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