Portuguese program FAQs

The Portuguese Program offers specialization in the literatures and cultures of Portuguese-speaking countries.

No. Students from the Portuguese Program do not have the option to specialize only in Portuguese linguistics.

Students usually take 3 courses each semester (3 credit hours each). These classes may include disciplines in the Portuguese Program, the students’ secondary field, and their minor field.

Most courses offered by the Portuguese Program are taught in Portuguese. Most courses offered by the Spanish Program are taught in Spanish. Courses in the minor fields outside the department are taught in English or in the language of the department where they are offered.

Yes. Our graduate students are also teaching assistants, and their teaching assignments include not only Portuguese courses, but also Spanish language courses.

Students teach beginning (HISP-P100; HISP-P135; HISP-P150) and intermediate (HISP-P200; HISP-P250) Portuguese courses. Advanced PhD students in Portuguese often have the opportunity to teach a third-year undergraduate Portuguese course (either HISP-P311: Advanced Grammar and Composition, or HISP-P317: Reading and Conversation in Portuguese), while working closely with a faculty mentor. Furthermore, students also teach Spanish courses at the beginning and intermediate levels.

Students may apply every year, but summer teaching is competitive, and selections are made based both on seniority and merit.

A Master’s thesis is optional. The Ph.D. dissertation, on the other hand, is mandatory.

No. Writing an M.A. thesis does not replace the written and oral M.A. final exam requirements.

Graduate students working on their Ph.D. in Portuguese may complete a Ph.D. minor in the department (either in Spanish Linguistics, or Spanish or Latin American Literature) or outside the department, in areas such as Latin American Studies, Latino Studies, African American and African Diaspora Studies, Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, and Film Studies, among others. Portuguese graduate students also complement their coursework on literature with classes in a secondary area, usually Spanish or Spanish American literature.