Here are some of the many reasons to learn Portuguese.
- Close to 250 million people speak Portuguese. Brazil alone has a population of 205 million.
- Portuguese is the sixth most widely spoken language in the world, before German (10th), French (11th) and Italian (15th).
- Portuguese is spoken in 11 countries on four continents. Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe, East Timor, and is also widely spoken in Equatorial Guinea, Macau (China), and Goa (India).
- Portuguese is a working and/or official language of important international organizations, such as the African Union, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the European Union, Mercosul, the Organization of American States, and the Organization of Ibero-American States.
- An estimated 1.3 million native Portuguese-speakers live in the United States.
- To study Portuguese is an asset in today’s global economy. For example, Brazil’s economy is among the largest in the world.
- The Portuguese novelist José Saramago won the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature. The music, festivities, culture, and art of the Portuguese-speaking countries are appreciated all over the world.
- Portuguese shares some grammar rules, sentence structure, and similar vocabulary words with other Romance languages. If you already speak French, Spanish or Italian, Portuguese is an easy and fun language to learn.
- You will certainly enjoy our Portuguese classes that are student-focused and culturally engaging. Our 101–102 textbook will soon be available as an interactive open-access e-book.
- Last but not least, Brazil is the only country that has won the World Soccer Cup Championship five times.
University General Education Requirements
All undergraduate students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are required to fulfill a minimum set of common university general education requirements to ensure that every graduate acquires the essential core of an undergraduate education. This core establishes a foundation for living a productive life, being a citizen of the world, appreciating aesthetic values, and engaging in lifelong learning in a continually changing world. Various schools and colleges will have requirements in addition to the requirements listed below. Consult your advisor for assistance, as needed. For additional information, see the university Undergraduate General Education Requirements section of the Guide.
|General Education|| |
* The mortarboard symbol appears before the title of any course that fulfills one of the Communication Part A or Part B, Ethnic Studies, or Quantitative Reasoning Part A or Part B requirements.
College of Letters & Science Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in the College of Letters & Science must complete all of the requirements below. The College of Letters & Science allows this major to be paired with either the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree requirements.
Bachelor of Science DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
|Mathematics||Complete two courses of 3+ credits at the Intermediate or Advanced level in MATH, COMP SCI, or STAT subjects. A maximum of one course in each of COMP SCI and STAT subjects counts toward this requirement.|
|Foreign Language||Complete the third unit of a foreign language.|
|L&S Breadth||Complete: |
• 12 credits of Humanities, which must include at least 6 credits of Literature; and
• 12 credits of Social Science; and
• 12 credits of Natural Science, which must include 6 credits of Biological Science and 6 credits of Physical Science.
|Liberal Arts and Science Coursework||Complete at least 108 credits.|
|Depth of Intermediate/Advanced Coursework||Complete at least 60 credits at the Intermediate or Advanced level.|
|Major||Declare and complete at least one major.|
|Total Credits||Complete at least 120 credits.|
|UW-Madison Experience||Complete both: |
• 30 credits in residence, overall, and
• 30 credits in residence after the 86th credit.
|Quality of Work||• 2.000 in all coursework at UW–Madison |
• 2.000 in Intermediate/Advanced level coursework at UW–Madison
Non–L&S Students PURSUING AN L&S MAJOR
Non–L&S students who have permission from their school/college to pursue an additional major within L&S only need to fulfill the major requirements. They do not need to complete the L&S Degree Requirements above.
Requirements for the Major
25 credits from PORTUG 202-699, to include:
|PORTUG 221||Introduction to Luso-Brazilian Literatures||4|
|And complete one of the following:||3|
|Survey of Portuguese Literature before 1825|
|Survey of Brazilian Literature before 1890|
|Brazillian Women Writers|
|Lusophone African Literature|
|Survey of Portuguese Literature since 1825|
|Survey of Brazilian Literature since 1890|
|Portuguese Culture/Civilization (complete one):||3|
|Historical and Cultural Traditions of Brazil|
|Topics in Luso-Brazilian Culture|
|Composition and Conversation (complete two):||6|
|Third Year Conversation and Composition|
|Third Year Conversation and Composition|
|Fourth Year Composition and Conversation|
|Fourth Year Composition and Conversation|
|Elective Courses from PORTUG 202-699 1||9|
Residence and Quality of Work
- 2.000 GPA in PORTUG and all major courses
- 2.000 GPA on 15 upper-level major credits in residence2
- 15 credits in PORTUG, taken at UW–Madison
Honors in the Major
Students may declare Honors in the Major in consultation with the Portuguese undergraduate advisor.
HONORS IN THE PORTUGUESE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
To earn Honors in the Major, students must satisfy both the requirements for the major (above) and the following additional requirements:
- Earn a 3.300 University GPA
- Earn 3.500 GPA for all PORTUG courses at or above PORTUG 302, and any course that counts for the major
- Complete at least 16 credits, taken for Honors, with individual grades of B or better, to include:
PORTUG courses with the Advanced level designation are considered upper-level in the major.
University Degree Requirements
|Total Degree||To receive a bachelor's degree from UW–Madison, students must earn a minimum of 120 degree credits. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 degree credits. Students should consult with their college or department advisor for information on specific credit requirements.|
|Residency||Degree candidates are required to earn a minimum of 30 credits in residence at UW–Madison. "In residence" means on the UW–Madison campus with an undergraduate degree classification. “In residence” credit also includes UW–Madison courses offered in distance or online formats and credits earned in UW–Madison Study Abroad/Study Away programs.|
|Quality of Work||Undergraduate students must maintain the minimum grade point average specified by the school, college, or academic program to remain in good academic standing. Students whose academic performance drops below these minimum thresholds will be placed on academic probation.|
- Develop communication skills in Portuguese and integrate these skills to exchange and assess ideas effectively and with level-appropriate accuracy in written and spoken Portuguese.
- Demonstrate understanding of linguistic, pragmatic, sociolinguistic, and stylistic features of written and spoken Portuguese, understand how they influence meaning, and apply these features in level-appropriate ways in writing and speech.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Lusophone cultures across historical epochs, including awareness of the social, cultural, and linguistic diversity that characterizes the Portuguese-speaking world.
- Demonstrate familiarity with and apply basic methods of literary and/or linguistic analysis, which for literary analysis includes interpretation of written texts and other forms of artistic/cultural creation, both in and of themselves and in the context of the particular social, cultural, and historical milieus in which they were created.
Sample Four-Year Plan
This Sample Four-Year Plan is a tool to assist students and their advisor(s). Students should use it—along with their DARS report, the Degree Planner, and Course Search & Enroll tools—to make their own four-year plan based on their placement scores, credit for transferred courses and approved examinations, and individual interests. As students become involved in athletics, honors, research, student organizations, study abroad, volunteer experiences, and/or work, they might adjust the order of their courses to accommodate these experiences. Students will likely revise their own four-year plan several times during college.
|PORTUG 101||4||PORTUG 102||4|
|Communication A||3||Ethnic Studies||3|
|Quantitative Reasoning A||3||Biological Science Breadth||3|
|Social Science Breadth||3||Social Science Breadth||3|
|PORTUG 201||4||PORTUG 202||4|
|First Semester of Another Romance Language||4||Second Semester of Another Romance Language||4|
|Communication BLiterature in Translation 226, a Communication-B course, often meets with Portuguese 221.||3-4||Physical Science Breadth||3|
|Elective||3||Social Science Breadth||3|
|PORTUG 225||3||PORTUG 226||3|
|Quantatative Reasoning B / Intermediate/Advanced COMP SCI/MATH/STAT if needed for B.S.||3||PORTUG 221||4|
|Social Science Breadth||3||Intermediate/Advanced COMP SCI/MATH/STAT if needed for B.S.||3|
|Portuguese Culture/Civilization||3||Additional Portuguese Literature||3|
|Portuguese Elective||3||Portuguese Elective||3|
|Science Breadth||3||Science Breadth||3|
|Total Credits 120|
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L&S career resources
Every L&S major opens a world of possibilities. SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students turn the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and other coursework into fulfilling lives after graduation, whether that means jobs, public service, graduate school or other career pursuits.
In addition to providing basic support like resume reviews and interview practice, SuccessWorks offers ways to explore interests and build career skills from their very first semester/term at UW all the way through graduation and beyond.
Students can explore careers in one-on-one advising, try out different career paths, complete internships, prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications, and connect with supportive alumni and even employers in the fields that inspire them.
- Set up a career advising appointment
- Enroll in a Career Course - a great idea for first- and second-year students:
- Learn about internships and internship funding
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- Learn about the impact SuccessWorks has on students' lives
Professors Alcalá-Galán, Beilin, Bilbija, Close, De Ferrari, Egea, Goldgel-Carballo, Hernández, Hutchinson, Medina, Podestá, Sanchez, Sapega, Tejedo Herrera
Associate Professors Ancos-García, Armstrong, Cerezo Paredes, Pellegrini, Rao, Stafford
Lecturers Álvarez Oquendo, Mercado
Teaching Faculty Fondow, Neumayer, Pujol, Rodríguez-Guridi
Editor Ríos Rodríguez
Department Administrator Deavers
Administrative Assistant Tanner
Financial Specialist McLimans
Graduate Program Manager Zimmer
Undergraduate Advisor Francis