Portuguese Coursework


Major Information

Minimum required major and supporting courses normally equate to 42-45 hours including at least 27 hours in Portuguese courses beyond the 100 level.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your adviser.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Course List
PORT 402 Advanced Grammar 3
PORT 403 Readings in Portuguese 3
PORT 404 Luso-Brazilian Culture 3
PORT 406 Brazilian Film 3
PORT 410 Studies in Brazilian Lit 3

Additional courses in Portuguese beyond 100 level

Total hours in Portuguese major




Supporting course work or a minor in a related area of study is chosen by the student and approved by the adviser. There is a wide choice of supporting courses because the student’s interests may vary from Iberian literature to animal husbandry in Angola and urbanology in Brazil. Supporting areas may include humanities (comparative literature, comparative religion, linguistics, philosophy), social sciences (anthropology, geography, history, Latin American studies, political science, sociology), education, fine and applied arts, and/or journalism. Other fields, or groups of fields, may be approved by the Portuguese undergraduate adviser.

For more information on the major, go to: Portuguese Major


Minor Information

PORT 401 Intensive Intermediate Portuguese 4
PORT 402 Advanced Grammar 3
Select at least 9 hours from the following list: 9

PORT 403

Readings in Portuguese (may be repeated)  

PORT 404

Luso-Brazilian Culture (may be repeated)  

PORT 406

Brazilian Film  

PORT 410

Studies in Brazilian Lit  
Total hours in minor 16


For more information on the minor, go to: Portuguese Minor


Procedure to Approve Study Abroad Courses

If you plan on studying abroad in Brazil or another Portuguese-speaking country or are seeking more information about transferring study abroad credit to U of I, please contact the Portuguese undergraduate advisor, John Tofik Karam. For more information on study abroad credit transfer in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, click here.

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