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Field of Study: Portuguese Language and Literature

Introduction

Programs in Portuguese language and literature teach people the spoken and written traditions of Portugal and Brazil.

 

Overview

Portuguese language and literature programs include topics such as:

  • Reading, writing, and speaking Portuguese
  • Portuguese culture and society
  • History
  • Literature and poetry
  • Folklore and film
  • Translation techniques
  • Dialects
  • Linguistics

Students study other Portuguese-speaking countries, including Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, and East Timor.

Concentrations
In Portuguese language and literature programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Conversation
  • Interpreting
  • Literature
  • Teaching

Schools
A few colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in Portuguese language and literature. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in Portuguese language and literature. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.