Portuguese and Brazilian Studies

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies examines the Portuguese-speaking world, a large and diverse geographical and cultural area spread over five continents. Inhabited by two hundred fifty million people, this area includes Brazil, Continental and Insular Portugal, Lusophone Africa and Luso-America. Although concentrators are encouraged to examine the global nature of the Portuguese-speaking world, typically they focus on one of the specific geographical entities mentioned above.  Concentrators will strengthen their Portuguese language skills (Portuguese 400 or the equivalent is a pre-requisite) and explore relevant Lusophone literature, education, history and social science. The concentration offers one program in language and literature and another that is interdisciplinary. Most concentrators study abroad in either Brazil or Portugal.

Requirements starting with the class of 2016

POBS 0610Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Brazil 11
POBS 0620Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Portugal and Africa 11
POBS 1030Portuguese Stylistics: Advanced Language Study and Creative Writing1
POBS 1800EThe Brazilian Puzzle: Confronting the Post-Colonial Legacy 21
or POBS 1800F The Lusophone World and the Struggle for Modernity
Four additional courses from Portugurese and Brazilian Studies and/or related departments, such as History, Africana Studies, Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Music, and the Watson Institute. These courses are intended to develop students' specific interests within the concentration. 4
Total Credits8
1

 One or both of these courses may be replaced by more advanced literature courses conducted in Portuguese.

2

 Conducted in Portuguese, the seminar brings the concentrators together for an interdisciplinary consideration of key topics in the Portuguese-speaking world.  A research paper written in Portuguese is required.

Senior Project (optional)

In addition to taking a POBS 1800-series concentration seminar, students may choose to complete a senior project attached to any course in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and related fields, including the Concentration Seminar, the latter possibility to be made at the discretion of the instructor.  the advisor of the senior project is the professor of the course from which the project stems.  Projects are not limited to papers, and may include short documentaries, a visual arts project, or an oral history project.

Requirements for the classes of 2014 and 2015

Using the Portuguese language as a basis, the concentration in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies allows students to develop their interests in the areas of language, literature, education, history or the social sciences in general. Beyond POBS 0400 or its equivalent as a prerequisite, the concentration consists of eight interrelated courses to be selected by the student, in consultation with the Concentration Advisor, from the offerings in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies as well as in other departments, such as History, Political Science, Africana Studies, Anthropology and Sociology. At least four courses must be conducted in Portuguese.  Students may choose between two basic programs:

Program A (Language and literature focus):

POBS 0610Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Brazil1
POBS 0620Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Portugal and Africa1
At least two literature courses at the POBS 1500 level or higher.2
POBS 1030Portuguese Stylistics: Advanced Language Study and Creative Writing1
A course from the POBS 1800 (Concentration Seminar) series1
Electives 12
Total Credits8
1

At least one elective should be a course outside the field of language and literature.

Program B (Interdisciplinary focus):

POBS 0610Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Brazil1
POBS 0620Mapping Portuguese-Speaking Cultures: Portugal and Africa1
A course from the POBS 1800 (Concentration Seminar) series1
Five courses to be selected from the offerings in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and/or related departments, such as Africana Studies, Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Sociology. 5
Total Credits8

Honors

Applicable to all concentrators, regardless of graduation year

Candidacy for honors in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies assumes a better than average record, particularly in the concentration. Candidates for honors are required to complete an honors thesis or other approved project. Normally honors candidates will register for POBS 1990 ("Research and Preparation of Honors Projects") in Semesters VII and VIII. These independent study units may not be used to satisfy the minimum course requirement for the concentration. Honors projects are evaluated by two faculty members. Detailed information on honors is available from the concentration advisor.

Foreign Study: Study either in Brazil or in Portugal (usually in the junior year or during the summer) is encouraged as an important part of the concentration. Up to four credits from participation in foreign-study programs can be applied towards the concentration. Students should begin to prepare early for participation in such programs.