New Minor in Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies

Submitted by Casey Colvin on

Beginning in Winter Quarter 2019, Spanish & Portuguese Studies offers a Minor in Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies.  This Minor combines Portuguese language classes and elective courses offered through the department and the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.

The minor consists of 15 credits of Portuguese language classes at the intermediate level (PORT 202 and 203) and higher (PORT 301) and 10 credits of elective classes with a focus in the Portuguese-speaking world. Elective classes are mostly offered in English.

Elective courses cover subjects throughout the Lusophone world, which includes countries on four continents: Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Departments offering elective classes include Latin American and Caribbean Studies, African Studies, Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Film, History, Global Health, and others.

Students who pursue the Minor in Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies study a language that is spoken by 279 million people worldwide, including Brazil, the world’s fourth-largest democracy and eighth-largest economy.  Scholarship opportunities exist for students of Portuguese through the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Program, the Boren Scholarship, and Critical Language Scholarship (CLS).

Students interested in declaring a Minor in Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Studies should contact Lecturer Eduardo Viana da Silva at or speak with their Major advisor.  More information about the Minor may be found on its page on the SPS website