Portuguese Major and Minor

Georgetown has accorded great importance to the language, culture, and politics of the Lusophone-speaking World for more than eighty years. We have been one of the few programs in the US to boast three tenure-line professors in Portuguese. Professors Vivaldo Andrade dos Santos (Brazilian Literature and Cultural Studies), Michael Ferreira (Portuguese Linguistics), and Patricia Vieira (Luso-African Literature and Cultural Studies) offer a variety of graduate as well as undergraduate courses towards the Portuguese major and minor in both Iberian and Latin American literatures, cultural studies, and linguistics. Over the past two decades, our efforts deepened through our collaboration with the Instituto Camões who now sponsors a Portuguese lecturer, Sandra Pires, an integral part of the Portuguese faculty. The Portuguese Program has organized several events in conjunction with the embassies of Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde. The Portuguese program has also greatly benefited from the Luso-American Development Foundation through cooperation with the projects sponsored by FLAD in the School of Foreign Service, especially through the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University.

More recently, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese has approved a major in Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Like the Spanish major and the Portuguese major, the Major in Spanish & Portuguese Studies consists of 10 3-credit courses. Students who have completed Span 104  register in 3 credits of Accelerated Portuguese and Advanced Portuguese, which gets them ready for upper-level coursework in Portuguese. Our majors and minors in Portuguese and Spanish and Portuguese Studies have been very successful at getting fellowships.

Portuguese Major and Minor Requirements

Find the most current Portuguese major and minor requirements from the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Spanish and Portuguese Studies Major Requirements

Find the most current Spanish and Portuguese Studies major requirements from the Undergraduate Bulletin.