Inhabited by two hundred fifty million people, this area includes Brazil, Continental and Insular Portugal, Lusophone Africa and Luso-America. Although concentrators are encouraged to examine the global nature of the Portuguese-speaking world, typically they focus on one of the specific geographical entities mentioned above. Concentrators will strengthen their Portuguese language skills (Portuguese 400 or the equivalent is a pre-requisite) and explore relevant Lusophone literature, education, history and social science. The concentration offers one program in language and literature and another that is interdisciplinary. Most concentrators study abroad in either Brazil or Portugal.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Understand the history, politics, and expressive cultures of the Lusophone diaspora
  • Acquire intermediate proficiency in Portuguese
  • Develop theoretical acumen in humanistic and social scientific research methods
  • Design a unique concentration based around a critical question relating to Lusophone education, history, or literature
  • Produce a significant piece of independent research

Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)

Student Leaders: Alexa Ara, Zachary Hunsaker

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstones Completed Honors Graduates
2019 2 2


Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Patricia Sobral