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As part of the "BRIC" — a grouping acronym that refers to the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, which are all deemed to be in the path to become advanced economies — Portuguese-speaking Brazil is becoming one of the world's newest economic and political powerhouses. That’s why mastering Portuguese could be a very smart move. Our Portuguese program includes courses that combine learning the language and culture, and that can help prepare you for many types of careers, giving you an edge in a highly competitive job market.
- Completion of 15 credit hours is required.
- 9 Credit hours must be taken at NC State or through the UNC Language Assembly/Portuguese as World Language Consortium
- In addition to FLP 201 (3 credits), two additional Portuguese language or culture courses (6 credits) above the FLP 201 level to be listed under the FL295 rubric must be taken through the UNC Language Assembly/Portuguese as a World Language Consortium are required.
- A maximum of six (6) credit hours may be transferred into the minor from another institution. The minor adviser may approve more on a discretionary basis.
- The Department of Foreign Languages and Literature will determine which courses transferred from other institutions may qualify to meet requirements for the minor.
- A grade of ‘C-’ or better is required in all courses in the minor program.
- A maximum of TWO (2) courses may be used (double-counted) towards both another departmental major requirements and minor requirements.
Students first download a Minor Declaration Form and consult with their major adviser for approval of the minor program. After the student obtains the major adviser’s signature, he/she meets with the minor adviser to develop a plan of study indicating required courses and expected dates of completion. A copy of the student’s minor plan of study will be kept on file in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State. Students should meet with the Director of Student Advising, Ms. Susan Navey-Davis (919-515-9288; Website) to complete the final certification. Students will receive official recognition on their transcripts for the completed minor.
Getting a Portuguese Minor
Meet Rajan Singh, First Student to Complete Portuguese Minor
Biomedical Engineering major Rajan Singh used a study abroad trip to Brazil to supplement his Portuguese studies at NC State, and will graduate in 2016 as the university’s first Portuguese minor.
Rajan’s path to the minor included taking NC State Portuguese courses, his participation in a televised class offered through the Portuguese Studies Consortium of UNC Online’s Language Exchange and his enrollment in language, history and culture courses while studying abroad in Curitiba, Brazil.
- FLP 201 Intermediate Portuguese I
- FL 295 Special Topics in Foreign Languages and/or Literatures (2 courses above the FLP 201 level through the UNC Language Assembly/Portuguese as a World Language Consortium)
Any two of the following:
- ANT 325 Andean South America
- ANT 330 Peoples and Cultures of Africa
- AFS 240 African Civilization
- AFS 342 Introduction to the African Diaspora
- AFS 343 African Religions
- FOR 414 World Forestry
- GEO 259 Geography of Latin America
- HI 215 Latin America to 1826
- HI 216 Latin America Since 1826
- HI 276 Introduction to the History of West Africa
- HI 453 United States-Latin American Relations
- HI 469 Latin American Revolutions in the Twentieth Century
- PS 231 Introduction to International Relations
Course Exchange List
The Portuguese Exchange offers lower and upper-level courses both in the Portuguese language as well as in transdisciplinary areas such as Brazilian Studies, Luso-African Studies, and Portuguese Studies. Most courses are offered through our interconnection of distance-learning classrooms which are linked by audio and video technology. Students may also link into these classrooms via their home computer and fully participate in the courses.
Students can access the courses offered each semester through the Portuguese Course Exchange Website by clicking on the Courses tab on that page. Students interested in taking classes in the exchange should check with Dr. Irwin Stern and review the information on the Guidelines page.