Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

Basic Requirements: 12 half-courses

  1. Required courses:

    1. Six half-courses in Portuguese, including required tutorials. May include a maximum of two courses at the 30 to 60 level.

    2. Two half-courses in another Romance language above the introductory/requirement level.

    3. Up to four half-courses in related fields. These include courses in anthropology, the Core Curriculum, the Program in General Education, English, government, history, history of art and architecture, linguistics, etc. Up to two intermediate or advanced courses in another Romance language or Latin may be counted as related fields, as may one 100-level literature course in another Romance language. The undergraduate adviser in Portuguese must approve all courses to be counted as related fields.

  2. Tutorial: Sophomore year: Portuguese 97 (one term) required. Small-group instruction. Letter-graded.

  3. Thesis: Required of honors concentrators only.

  4. Other information:

    1. Pass/Fail: Courses counting for concentration credit may not be taken Pass/Fail.

    2. Language requirement:  Concentrators must demonstrate advanced proficiency in Portuguese.  Advanced proficiency may be demonstrated by a perfect score (800) on the Harvard Placement Test, or by completion of one advanced language course (Portuguese 37 or higher) with a grade of B+ or higher, or by passing an oral competency examination administered by the undergraduate adviser.  Concentrators are expected to demonstrate advanced oral and written language proficiency by the end of the junior year.  

    3. Combining Portuguese with one or two other Romance laguanges and literary traditions: See Romance Studies track.

    4. Freshman Seminars: With the approval of the undergraduate adviser, up to one Freshman Seminar, for which the student has received a Satisfactory evaluation, may be counted in category 1c.

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
Requirements for Honors Eligibility: 14 half-courses

Honors candidates must take one term of Portuguese 98: Junior Tutorial, or equivalent, with weekly one-on-one instruction. This will count toward the requirement listed in item 1a of Basic Requirements.

In addition to the Basic Requirements, honors candidates are required to take two terms of Portuguese 99 (graded SAT/UNS) and complete a thesis. A thesis proposal is made by the honors candidate and approved by the undergraduate adviser in Portuguese in conjunction with other faculty members and members of the tutorial board in the spring term of the junior year.

Also, at the end of their senior year, normally during the Reading Period in May, all honors candidates must take a three-hour written examination, as well as an hour-long oral examination.

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies
Joint Concentration Requirements

Upon approval from the undergraduate adviser in Portuguese, honors candidates may combine a concentration in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies with a concentration in another department significantly related to some aspect of Portuguese or Brazilian literature or culture. Ordinarily, only students with a strong concentration GPA and a clearly formulated project bridging the two disciplines will receive approval. In recent years, programs in Portuguese-Brazilian Studies and English, and Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and Anthropology, have been approved. During the senior year, completion of an honors thesis is required, as are written and oral general examinations in Portuguese. A total of six half-courses in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, in addition to the senior thesis, is required of joint concentrators:

  1. Required courses:

    1. Sophomore Tutorial: Portuguese 97.

    2. Junior Tutorial: Portuguese 98, or equivalent.

    3. Three half-courses in Portuguese. May include no more than two courses at the 30-60 level.

    4. One half-course in a related field, to be approved by the undergraduate adviser in Portuguese.

    5. Senior Thesis: Either two semesters of Portuguese 99 or the senior thesis tutorial in the related department.

For further information, please consult the undergraduate adviser in Portuguese.