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Portuguese Studies Minor

Spanish & Portuguese Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 16 to 40
The Portuguese studies minor focuses on literary, cultural, and linguistic studies from Portugal, Brazil, and Lusophone Africa. Students begin with language skills courses. These are followed by analysis skills courses in Lusophone literature, culture, and linguistics. The department encourages minors to study abroad in a Portuguese-speaking area.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students are required to complete 4 semester(s) of Portuguese. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
Students must declare the minor at least one full term before completing minor requirements and are encouraged to declare it as early as possible (preferably during preparatory coursework). Contact the department office for declaration procedures. The department administers two allowable degree combinations: Spanish studies BA and Portuguese studies minor, or Spanish studies minor and Portuguese studies minor. No other departmental degree combinations are allowed.
Preparatory Courses
Choose from the following two options: (1) Complete the Portuguese language sequence, or (2) complete the Spanish language sequence and Port 3001. Students may start above Port 1101 or Span 1001 based on language placement.
Take 0 - 5 course(s) totaling 0 - 24 credit(s) from the following:
Option 1
Take 0 - 4 course(s) totaling 0 - 20 credit(s) from the following:
· PORT 1101 - Beginning Portuguese (5.0 cr)
· PORT 1102 - Beginning Portuguese (5.0 cr)
· PORT 1103 - Intermediate Portuguese (5.0 cr)
· PORT 1104 - Intermediate Portuguese (5.0 cr)
· Option 2
Take 0 - 5 course(s) totaling 0 - 24 credit(s) from the following:
· SPAN 1001 - Beginning Spanish (5.0 cr)
· SPAN 1002 - Beginning Spanish (5.0 cr)
or SPAN 1022 - Alternate Second-Semester Spanish (5.0 cr)
· SPAN 1003 - Intermediate Spanish (5.0 cr)
· SPAN 1004 - Intermediate Spanish (5.0 cr)
or SPAN 1014 - Business Spanish (5.0 cr)
or SPAN 1044 - Intermediate Medical Spanish (5.0 cr)
· PORT 3001 - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (4.0 cr)
Advanced Language Course
Take the following course for 4 credits.
PORT 3003 - Portuguese Conversation and Composition (4.0 cr)
Electives
Take 4 or more course(s) totaling 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· PORT 3501W - Global Portuguese: 1300-1900 [WI] (3.0 cr)
· PORT 3502W - Global Portuguese: 1900-present [WI] (3.0 cr)
· PORT 3910 - Topics in Lusophone Literatures (3.0 cr)
· PORT 3920 - Topics in Lusophone Cultures (3.0 cr)
· PORT 3800 - Film Studies in Portuguese (3.0 cr)
· PORT 5520 - Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies (3.0 cr)
· PORT 5530 - Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies (3.0 cr)
· PORT 5540 - Literatures and Cultures of Lusophone Africa (3.0 cr)
· PORT 5910 - Topics in Lusophone Cultures and Literatures (3.0 cr)
· PORT 5930 - Topics in Brazilian Literature (3.0 cr)
 
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PORT 1101 - Beginning Portuguese
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Listening, speaking, reading, writing. Cultures of Portugal, Brazil, or Portuguese-speaking Africa. Workbook assignments, paired/small group activities.
PORT 1102 - Beginning Portuguese
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01254 - Port 1102/Port 4102
Typically offered: Every Spring
Reading, writing, speaking, listening. Cultures of Portugal, Brazil, or Portuguese-speaking Africa. Workbook assignments, paired/small group activities. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
PORT 1103 - Intermediate Portuguese
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Emphasizes speaking, comprehension. Reading/writing skills based on Portuguese-language materials. Cultures of Portugal, Brazil, or Lusophone Africa. prereq: 1102 or instr consent
PORT 1104 - Intermediate Portuguese
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Emphasizes speaking, comprehension. Reading/writing skills based on Portuguese-language materials. Cultures of Portugal, Brazil, or Lusophone Africa. Grammar review. Compositions, short presentations. prereq: 1103 or instr consent
SPAN 1001 - Beginning Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Listening, speaking, reading, writing. Emphasizes development of communicative competence. Cultural readings. prereq: Less than 2 yrs of high school Spanish, dept consent, no college-level Spanish
SPAN 1002 - Beginning Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01306 - Span 1022/Span 4022
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Listening, speaking, reading, writing. Emphasizes development of communicative competence. Cultural readings. prereq: 1001 completed at UMNTC, dept consent
SPAN 1022 - Alternate Second-Semester Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01250
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
For students who have studied Spanish in high school or at community college, or who are transfer students. Begins with accelerated review of 1001 followed by material covered in 1002. prereq: Placement above 1001
SPAN 1003 - Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02140 - Madr 1003/Span 1003
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Speaking/comprehension. Developing reading/writing skills based on materials from Spain/Spanish America. Grammar review. Compositions, oral presentations. prereq: [1002 or 1022] or EPT placement
SPAN 1004 - Intermediate Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 1004/1014/1044
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Speaking/comprehension. Developing reading/writing skills based on materials from Spain/Spanish America. Grammar review. Compositions, oral presentations. prereq: 1003 or EPT placement
SPAN 1014 - Business Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 1004/1014/1044
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Vocabulary, report writing skills. Proper format for business communications. Conversational fluency on trade-related topics. prereq: 1003
SPAN 1044 - Intermediate Medical Spanish
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Course Equivalencies: Span 1004/1014/1044
Prerequisites: 1003 or equiv
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Language needed by health-care workers who interact with Spanish-speaking patients. Basic medical vocabulary, questions/answers in common medical situations. Vocabulary/phrases to conduct patient interviews and physical exams. Readings on Latin American view of health and health care. prereq: 1003 or equiv
PORT 3001 - Portuguese for Spanish Speakers
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Listening, reading, speaking, writing. Uses communicative approach. prereq: [SPAN 1004 or SPAN 1014 or SPAN 1044, SPAN LPE pass] or instr consent
PORT 3003 - Portuguese Conversation and Composition
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Development of oral/written skills. Cultural information from Portuguese-speaking world. prereq: 1104 or 3001 or Port LPE
PORT 3501W - Global Portuguese: 1300-1900 (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Expressions of medieval/renaissance Portuguese culture/ colonial Brazilian culture through independence. Nineteenth century developments. Relation to new African empire, abolition of slavery, institution of Brazilian republic. prereq: 3003
PORT 3502W - Global Portuguese: 1900-present (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Significant expressions of Brazilian culture, from colonial period to present. Emphasizes 20th/21st centuries. Literature, history, visual/sound culture, architecture. prereq: 3003
PORT 3910 - Topics in Lusophone Literatures
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: Port 3310/3910
Prerequisites: 3003
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Issues studied through literature, visual, sound, media culture from one or more Portuguese-speaking countries. Topics may include gender/sexuality, postcolonialism/globalization, transatlantic studies. prereq: 3003
PORT 3920 - Topics in Lusophone Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Critical studies of various aspects of Portuguese-speaking cultures (Portugal, Brazil, or Lusophone Africa). Topics may include popular music, visual/media culture, religion, diaspora, and Amazon. prereq: [1101, 1102, 1103, 1104] or [3001, 3003] or equiv
PORT 3800 - Film Studies in Portuguese
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: Port 3800/3800H
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Films from Portuguese-speaking world in their historical, (geo)political, and socioeconomic contexts. Films from Brazil, Portugal, or Lusophone Africa analyzed under interdisciplinary framework, noting aspects related to cinematography/rhetoric. prereq: 3003 or instr consent or dept consent
PORT 5520 - Portuguese Literary and Cultural Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Origins/development of modern Portuguese nation (late 15th to 20th century) using literature, cultural and literary criticism, history, sociology, and various media (film, art, music, Internet). Main cultural problematics pertaining to Portugal as well as fundamental literary texts.
PORT 5530 - Brazilian Literary and Cultural Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of origins and development of modern Brazilian nation (late 16th to 20th century) using literature, cultural and literary criticism, history, sociology) and various media (film, art, music, Internet). Main cultural problematics pertaining to Brazil as well as fundamental literary texts. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PORT 5540 - Literatures and Cultures of Lusophone Africa
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Origins/development of Lusophone Africa (Angola, Mozambique, Cape-Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Toma, Principe). Literature, cultural/literary criticism, history, sociology, media (film, art, music). prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PORT 5910 - Topics in Lusophone Cultures and Literatures
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Prerequisites: Grad student or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Cultural manifestations in Portuguese-speaking world (Portugal, Brazil, Lusophone Africa). Literature, history, film, intellectual thought, critical theory, popular culture. Topics may include writers (e.g. Machado de Assis) groups of writers (e.g. Lusophone women writers), or problematics such as (post-)colonialism or Luso-Brazilian modernities. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PORT 5930 - Topics in Brazilian Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Major issues of Brazilian literature; focuses on important authors, movements, currents, and genres. Problems, socioeconomic questions, and literary techniques related to Brazilian themes. Topics specified in Class Schedule.