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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
  • POR 481 - Capstone Seminar in Portuguese

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 (12 credits)

Four additional courses (12 credits) at the 300- or 400-level.

Total credits: 33

University Studies Requirements

Students majoring in Portuguese can meet their University Studies requirements with courses offered by the department:

Cluster 1C - Intermediate Writing

POR 310 - Introduction to Cultural and Literary Analysis

Cluster 3A - Literature

POR 214 - Portuguese Literature in Translation

POR 215 - Brazilian Literature in Translation

Cluster 4C - The Nature of the Global Society

POR 120 - Introduction to the Portuguese-Speaking World

POR 220 - Introduction to Linguistics and European Languages

Cluster 5A - Capstone Study

POR 481 - Capstone Seminar in Portuguese

Cluster 5B - Learning through Engagement

POR 399 - Internship

Learning Outcomes

By the end of their undergraduate career, students majoring in Portuguese will be able to:

  • Listen, speak, read and write in Portuguese at the advanced level or higher and consistent with national standards for foreign language education.
  • Identify and explain cultural practices from the Portuguese-speaking world.
  • Analyze major works of literature in Portuguese.
  • Develop critical arguments about literary and non-literary expressions.

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