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  • Portuguese

    The program stresses the language and culture of Brazil, with complementary study of Portugal and Lusophone Africa. Brazil alone has 200 million Portuguese speakers. Students pursuing careers related to Latin America will profit greatly from knowing the language. Florida does more than $2 billion worth of trade with Brazil annually.

    About This Major

    Critical TrackingRecommended Semester Plan


    Brazil plays increasingly prominent roles in international affairs. Brazilians constitute one of the fastest growing immigrant populations of Florida. Studying Portuguese, especially in conjunction with Spanish, will provide a competitive edge for those seeking careers in business, industry, tourism, health, agricultural affairs, government and education.

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    Coursework for the Major

    The major consists of 30 credits of coursework normally achieved with ten upper-division courses (3240-level courses or above), four of which must be at the 4000 level. Students must earn a minimum grade of C for coursework to count toward the major. A minimum of four 4000-level courses must be completed at UF for the major residency requirement.

    Foundation coursework required to prepare the student for 3000/4000-level depends on the student’s background in Portuguese. For true beginners, POR 1130/1131 or POR 3010 are typically taken to prepare for the required major coursework.

    Required Coursework

    • Ten 3000/4000-level POR / POW / PRT courses, with four courses at the 4000 level
    • Students who transfer credits toward the Portuguese major will be expected to take at least four 4000-level courses at UF.

    POR 3010 Introduction to Portuguese and Brazil is an accelerated course. It fulfills the foreign language requirement but it does not count as a 3000-level course for the major requirements.

    Students can choose from listings under POR in language and civilization beyond POR 3010, POW in literature and culture, and PRT (Portuguese/Brazilian literature in translation). Two independent-study courses (4905) may be accepted as part of the major's requirements. Select courses outside the department may also count toward the major under special conditions.

    Recommended Coursework

    • ANT 4336 People of Brazil
    • LAH 4630 Modern Brazil
    • LAS 2001 Introduction to Latin American Studies
    • LIN 3010 Introduction to Linguistics
    • MUH 3541 Latin American Music
    • Humanities, fine arts and social sciences courses that relate to the Portuguese-speaking world
    • Additional course information
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    Overseas Study

    The university sponsors a reasonably priced summer B program in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Majors and minors are encouraged to participate at the 3000/4000 level; they receive six credits. The program fulfills the summer residency requirement. Students in approved overseas study programs can earn up to 15 credits that do not count as excess credits beyond the 120 credits required for graduation.

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    See the undergraduate coordinator for placement information, especially for transfer students and heritage speakers.

    Relevant Minors and/or Certificates

    Majors may want to pursue a certificate in Latin American Studies.


    Students who wish to complete a senior thesis for honors should consult Portuguese faculty at least two semesters in advance of graduation.

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    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements. For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete POR 1130
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete POR 1131 with 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete POR 3242 and one additional Portuguese course with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

    Semester 1 Credits
    POR 1130 Beginning Portuguese 1 or
    POR 3010 Introduction to Portuguese and Brazil (accelerated) *
    Biological or Physical Science (State Core GE-B or P) 3
    Composition (State Core GE-C) (WR) 3
    Mathematics (State Core GE-M) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 2 Credits
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H)​ 3​
    POR 1131 Beginning Portuguese 2 5
    Mathematics (GE-M) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (State Core GE-S) 3
    Total 14
    Semester 3 Credits
    POR 3242 Oral and Written Practice in Portuguese 3
    ​Biological or Physical Science (Area not taken in semester 1, GE-B or P) 3​​
    Electives (PRT literature in translation recommended) 4
    Humanities (State Core GE-H) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 16
    Semester 4 Credits
    POR 3243 Composition and Conversation 3
    POR or POW 3000-level course (GE-H) 3
    Elective (LIN 3010 Introduction to Linguistics recommended) 3
    Humanities (GE-H) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 5 Credits
    POR or POW 3000-level course (GE-H) or
    POR or POW 4000-level course
    ​Composition (GE-C, WR)​ 3​​
    ​Electives​ 6​​
    Physical Science (GE-P) 3
    Science laboratory (GE-P or B)​ 1​
    Total 16
    Semester 6 Credits
    POR or POW 3000-level course (GE-H) or
    POR or POW 4000-level course
    Biological Science (GE-B)​​ 3​
    Elective (3000+ level, not in major; LAH 4630 Brazil after 1750 suggested) 3
    Electives 6
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    POR or POW 3000-level courses or
    POR or POW 4000-level courses
    Elective 3
    Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    POR or POW 3000-level courses or
    POR or POW 4000-level courses
    Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 9
    Total 15

    * POR 3010 may be offered fall, spring or summer A and satisfies the CLAS language requirement.
    POR 3010 does not count as a 3000-level course for major or minor requirements.

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