Degree Type

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

One of the leading centers for graduate-level study of the Portuguese-speaking world, Brown's Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies offers three interdisciplinary master's programs.

The Portuguese and Brazilian Studies program is not accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program designed to provide recent graduates as well as mature professionals holding an A.B. degree and possessing a reading and speaking knowledge of Portuguese with a humanities/social science curriculum focusing on the Portuguese–speaking world.

Additional Resources

Gavea–Brown Publications; editorial offices of Brasil/Brazil: A Journal of Brazilian Literature; Gavea-Brown: A Bilingual Journal of Portuguese-American Letters and Studies; E-journal of Portuguese History; Pessoa Plural; and cooperation agreements with several Brazilian and Portuguese universities.

A.M. Completion Requirements

Eight graduate courses, including two in the social sciences and two in the humanities, plus a Master's Research Project. At least three courses must focus on Portuguese literature, history and culture and at least three courses must focus Brazilian literature, history and culture. Students are expected to complete at least three of their courses via the Portuguese language. Students will satisfy a Portuguese language proficiency requirement by taking POBS103o or passing a proficiency examination.

Department of Portuguese & Brazilian Studies
Brown University
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Department Chair: Leila Lehnen

Director of Graduate Studies: Leonor Simas-Almeida