Minor in Portuguese Language, Literatures, and Cultures

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The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers a minor in Portuguese. In addition, studying Portuguese at College Park can benefit students majoring in other disciplines as well, such as: History (European, African and South American), Latin American Studies, Women Studies, Anthropology, Cultural Geography, Business, and many others areas that have links with the Portuguese-speaking world.

Students who have an advanced knowledge of Spanish (300 level and above) can take advantage of the course Portuguese for Spanish Speakers offered every spring semester. Other offerings include: A History of the Portuguese Language (PORT 350) and Brazilian Cinema (PORT 332). Recent special topics courses include Women as Authors and Characters in Brazilian Literature and Environmental Issues of the Amazon Ecosystem, an interdisciplinary course in English, focusing on literary texts, Indigenous oral narratives and on social, political and economic factors of the Amazon Basin.

Learning the Portuguese language and literature as well as the richness of the culture will increase the possibilities of obtaining competitive jobs for future professionals in fields related to Latin America and Africa, European Studies, Comparative Literature and all the areas mentioned above.


Prerequisite Courses for the Portuguese Minor (8 Credits)

Course #

Course Name



PORT 104

Intensive Elementary Portuguese



PORT 204

Intensive Intermediate Portuguese


PORT 104

Note: Students with prior experience in Portuguese may satisfy these prerequisites with an appropriate Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) score.

15 credits of coursework beyond PORT 204

See TESTUDO for the current list of PORT course offerings. Recent course titles include:

  • Brazilian Cinema
  • Cannibals, Carnivals, and Carnivalization: The Making of Brazilian Culture
  • An Interdiciplinary Approach to The Amazon Ecosystem
  • Intermediate Reading and Conversation in Portuguese
  • Geo-textualities in Contemporary Latin American Fiction


  • At least nine of the 15 hours required for the minor must be at the 300-level or above
  • No more than 6 of the 15 credits toward the minor may transferred from Study Abroad.


To explore or declare a minor, please fill out and submit the online contact form.


Advisor: Regina Igel
Office: 2215B Jiménez
Phone: 301-405-6457
Email: ri@umd.edu

For more information about advising, please visit the advising section of our website.