Undergraduate Program

Portuguese Courses

Below is a list of recently offered undergraduate courses. Not all of these courses are offered in any given year, and there may be other courses offered some years. Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.

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Portuguese is the official language of approximately 240 million people in eight countries on four continents. After English and Spanish, it is the third most widely spoken European language, and the sixth most spoken language in the world. Portuguese is the official language of Brazil, the fifth most populous country in the world, the largest country in Latin America, and the fifth largest global economic power. Across Africa and Asia, Portuguese continues to be an important element of a complex cultural mosaic. Moreover, Portuguese is widely spoken outside of its officially recognized borders by over two million people across the U.S., Canada, and in other corners of the global diaspora. This course is designed for beginners who wish to master the basic structures and vocabulary of the language. Students learn the language and culture by practicing four main language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Last Offered: Fall 2016


Portuguese 102 is the second course of the elementary sequence. The general goal of the course is to develop basic language skills. During this course, students will: - Continue to build a vocabulary base in order to increase language skills; - Continue to use acquired vocabulary and grammatical structures; - Develop knowledge of the grammar structures associated with, but not limited to: talking about events in the present; talking about completed past events; expressing continuing events; describing daily routines and habits; - Listen to passages or conversations and discuss their content; - Read authentic texts and discuss their content; - Write paragraphs and short compositions using acquired vocabulary and grammatical structures; - Engage in and sustain face-to-face conversation with others about topics studied.

Prerequisites: POR 101, or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Spring 2017


Portuguese 151 is the first Intermediate course in Portuguese. In POR 151, you will continue to expand your knowledge of Portuguese vocabulary and grammar structures while engaging in activities geared toward promoting intermediate proficiency in the language. It includes authentic texts readings and discussions, as well as writing and engage in and sustain face-to-face conversation with others about topics studied. As far as Portuguese is concerned, the terms “lecture” and “recitation” conventionally used to identify the blocks have a purely bureaucratic significance and do not reflect in any way the pedagogical approach of the course. Portuguese is the primary language of instruction.

Prerequisites: POR 102, or permission of the instructor
Last Offered: Fall 2016


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Last Offered: Spring 2017