The Department of Romance Studies at Cornell offers the opportunity for students of any department to take courses in Portuguese language, Brazilian, Portuguese, and Lusophone literatures and cultures. Students interested in Latin American studies usually find this opportunity especially attractive if their interests include Brazil. This is an exciting moment for Portuguese and Brazilian Studies at Cornell, as we are expanding our program and in the process of establishing a new minor. Meanwhile, courses in Portuguese count towards either a Spanish or Latin American studies minor or major. Students interested in literature and cultural studies should contact Pedro Erber. Those interested in taking Portuguese language should contact Jura Oliveira.
Courses in Portuguese language and in Brazilian, Portuguese, and other Lusophone literatures and cultures count towards a major in Spanish or Latin American Studies.
Please refer to the Portuguese section within the Romance Studies course offerings for detailed descriptions about the courses we offer. Note that bracketed courses are not being taught this academic year.
Courses in Portuguese language and in Brazilian, Portuguese, and other Lusophone literatures and cultures count towards a minor in Spanish or Latin American Studies. Now that our minor in Brazilian Studies is approved, courses can count retroactively towards this minor.
Minor in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies:
In order to complete an undergraduate minor in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, students must take at least five courses (a minimum of 15 credits) by selecting courses from the Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Minor Course List (see below). Among these courses, the core course PORT 2800 – Perspectives on Brazil and one course at the advanced level (3000 and above) are required. A minimum grade of B- will be required for courses to count toward the minor. Courses not on the list may be approved by petition only. Courses on Latin America or other topics with a Brazilian, Portuguese, or Lusophone African component may be counted toward the credit requirement upon consultation with the faculty advisor. Language competence must be demonstrated by successfully completing PORT 2020 or its equivalent. Language instruction below the 2010 level may not be counted toward the credit requirement. Please note that courses taken as part of a study abroad program in Brazil or Portugal (maximum two courses) will count towards meeting the above requirements.
Students wishing to enroll in the minor must register their intent by contacting Professor Cary Howie, who will assign a faculty advisor. Here is the form to register in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.
PORT 2800 – Perspectives on Brazil:Offered every fall semester through the Romance Studies Department, this course focuses on research in various disciplines related to Brazil, taking into account recent cultural, political, economic, and social trends. Themes include cinema, music, literature, race class and gender, and twentieth-century Brazilian history.
Courses in the Department of Romance Studies
Any course coded PORT and numbered 2800 and above.
Courses on Brazilian Materials in other Departments
Cornell offers great opportunities to study abroad in Brazilian cities such as Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. For details on undergraduate study abroad in Brazil, consult with Cornell Abroad. For graduate studies, contact Prof. Pedro Erber.