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 Major in Portuguese

Students may declare a Portuguese major at any time during their academic career, including at the time of admission to the University as an incoming freshman or transfer student. It is possible for students to start Portuguese at UMass Dartmouth and become majors by taking intensive language courses either during the academic year or during the Summer Program in Portuguese.

Majors are required to complete a minimum of 33 credits of Portuguese course work at the 300 and 400-level. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 in Portuguese courses is required for graduation. Students are strongly encouraged to take elective courses in art history, history, political science and anthropology/sociology related to Brazil, Cape Verde, and Portugal.

Upon completion of the major, students are expected to speak fluently, write effectively, and read critically in Portuguese.


  • POR 301 - Portuguese Composition and Conversation I
  • POR 302 - Portuguese Composition and Conversation II
  • POR 310 - Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis

Three of these five courses (9 credits)

  • POR 331 - Introduction to Portuguese Literature I
  • POR 332 - Introduction to Portuguese Literature II
  • POR 333 - Introduction to Brazilian Literature I
  • POR 334 - Introduction to Brazilian Literature II
  • POR 335 - Introduction to Lusophone African Literatures

Additional courses (15 credits)

Five additional courses (15 credits) at the 300- or 400-level. Two of the courses must be at the 400-level.

Total credits: 33

General Education Departmental Requirements

Students majoring in Portuguese will meet their departmentally-determined General Education requirements as follows:

Area E

(The advisor may approve using another course from the approved list.)

Satisfied, for example, by:

  • PHL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy or PHL 215 - Introduction to Ethics

Area I, Tier 2

(subject to Gen Ed Committee approval)

Satisfied, for example, by:

  • ENL 101 - Critical Writing and Reading I 

Area W, Tier 2

Satisfied, for example, by:

  • POR 301 - Portuguese Composition and Conversation I

Area O:

(subject to Gen Ed Committee approval)

Satisfied by:

  • two 400-level POR courses