Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies

Major and Minor in Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies (812)

Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies (PLWS) offers both an undergraduate major and a minor. The PLWS major is an interdisciplinary degree program which includes courses in Portuguese Language at all levels and Portuguese, Brazilian and Lusophone African literature, culture, and history, while taking full advantage of Rutgers–Newark’s proximity to the Portuguese-speaking community of Newark's Ironbound neighborhood. PLWS majors and minors receive a rigorous and exciting education in the civilization, literature and the history of interchange throughout the Lusophone World while combining experiential learning with classroom instruction. Experiential learning can be achieved, for example, through enrollment in credit bearing internship opportunities within government offices, non profits, multinational corporations and immigrant newspapers in the Portuguese and Brazilian communities of Northern New Jersey and New York. PLWS students also have the opportunity to earn credits for Study Abroad programs in Portugal and Brazil, as well as earn transfer credits for up to 9 years of instruction at our region’s Portuguese Language Schools (escolas comunitárias). Lastly, PLWS majors/minors can compete for the prestigious Luso-Fraternal Association Scholarship which is awarded annually based on merit and financial need.

 

Major Requirements (36 credits)

  1. 27 credits in Portuguese language, and Lusophone literature and culture, which must include 21:810:131, 132 Intermediate Portuguese (or equivalent preparation as demonstrated by proficiency examination). Any of the Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies (PLWS) courses numbered 200 or higher may be taken to satisfy this requirement.
  2. 3 credits in the PLWS core classes, 21:810:342 OR 21:810:343, Lusophone World Culture I or II.
  3. 6 credits in other courses within the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures or those from appropriate Newark College of Arts and Sciences departments, subject to the approval of the PLWS program coordinator.

 

Minor Requirements (18 credits)

The minor requires the completion of 15 core credits:

6 credits in language:
21:810:131,132 Intermediate Portuguese or the equivalent

3 credits in Lusophone World Culture I or II: 
21:810: 342 or 21:810:343, Lusophone World Culture I or II

6 credits in literature or culture (conducted either in Portuguese or in English)

The remaining 3 credits may be satisfied by choosing electives offered within the Portuguese program or other classes within the Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures Department.

 

PLWS Advisors

Kimberly DaCosta Holton
Conklin Hall 405
kholton@andromeda.rutgers.edu
 

Program Opportunities

 

Portuguese & Lusophone World Studies Courses

21:810:101,102.Elementary Portuguese (3,3)
[Not open to students who have had two or more years of Portuguese secondary school or are near-native speakers of the language. These students must take a placement test in the department for proper advisement. Both terms must be completed to receive credit]
Fundamentals of grammar; drills in speaking, listening comprehension, and writing.

21:810:131,132.Intermediate Portuguese (3,3)
[After examination, students may be placed in a section for nonnative or native speakers. Successful completion of both terms may be accredited for a major/minor option]
Grammar review and vocabulary expansion. Continued development of speaking, listening comprehension, and reading skills; intensive practice in reading and composition based on short literary and journalistic texts.

21:810:133,134.Portuguese for Spanish Speakers (3,3)
This course is designed for students who are proficient in Spanish. Course will examine phonetic, grammatical, and lexical distinctions between Spanish and Portuguese, as well as similarities and differences between the Lusophone and Hispanic worlds while helping students develop speaking, reading, and writing skills in Portuguese.

21:810:203. Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)
This class offers instruction in advanced grammatical structures, and advanced reading, writing and speaking. For students with a good command of the Portuguese language who wish to perfect their knowledge of written and oral Portuguese

21:810:207. Introduction to Portuguese Literature (3)
[Prerequisites: 21:810:131,132 or demonstrable reading/writing knowledge of the language. Fulfills literature requirement. Conducted in Portuguese]
Survey of Portuguese literature, with emphasis on reading and discussion of literary texts representative of significant literary movements and authors of Portugal.

21:810:208. Introduction to Brazilian Literature (3)
[Prerequisites: 21:810:131,132 or demonstrable reading/writing knowledge of the language. Fulfills literature requirement. Conducted in Portuguese]
Survey of Brazilian literature, with emphasis on reading and discussion of short literary texts representative of significant literary movements and authors of Brazil.

21:810:311.312 Portuguese Literature in English Translation I and II  (3,3)
[Fulfills literature requirement. Students are not obligated to take two semester sequence]
Reading and discussion of major authors and short literary texts representative of Portugal's rich literary tradition with an emphasis on the twentieth century.

21:810:315.Portuguese for Business and Commerce (3) 
[Open to students who can demonstrate adequate reading/writing/conversational skills at the level of 21:810:132 Intermediate Portuguese. Conducted in Portuguese]
Intensive study of business and commercial Portuguese. Emphasis on practical business terminology and procedures used in business letters and documents, banking, trade, export and import, stock market, and modern-day global economic institutions. Familiarization with Portuguese business practices and cultural differences.

21:810:316.Portuguese Language & Migration (3) 

21:810:318, 319.Brazilian Literature in English Translation I and II (3)
[Fulfills literature requirement. Students are not obligated to take two semester sequence]
Reading and discussion of literary works representative of the different literary trends, movements, and authors of Brazil.

21:810:321. Oral History of Newark's Ironbound 
[Fulfills interdisciplinary requirement]
Focuses on the Portuguese and Brazilian immigrant community of Newark's Ironbound neighborhood. Explores ethnographic fieldwork (participant observation and tape-recorded interviews) and compiling an oral history of the Ironbound. Readings of anthropological, literary and historical texts by and about Portuguese and Brazilian immigrants in the US. Issues covered in class will include: migratory patterns, adaptation and assimilation, culture heritage, and immigrant identity.

21:810:342,343.Lusophone World Culture I and II (3,3)
[Conducted in Portuguese]
Discussion of significant historical, social, and cultural trends in the Portuguese-speaking world from the colonial era to the present.

21:810:348 Portuguese Film and Literature (3)
[Fulfills literature requirement. Conducted alternatively in Portuguese and English]
This class provides a survey of twentieth-century Portuguese film, exploring the interplay between literature and cinematic narrative.

21:810:349 Brazilian Film and Literature (3)
[Fulfills literature requirement. Conducted alternatively in Portuguese and English]
This class focuses on the major themes and movements of 20th century Brazilian cinematic and literary production, with a particular focus on the Cinema Novo era.

21:810:350 Film & Literature of Lusophone Africa (3)
[Fulfills literature requirement. Conducted alternately in Portuguese and English]
This class explores the post-independence cinematic and literary production of Angola, Mozambique and Cape Verde, exploring the themes of war, independence, decolonization and migration.

21:810:351Soccer, Samba and Spiritualism: Performance and Culture in Portugal and Brazil (3) 
[Fulfills interdisciplinary requirement. Conducted in English]
This course is conducted in English and explores expressive culture in Portugal and Brazil. "Performance" is broadly defined to include religious worship, soccer spectatorship and urban festivity. Students will explore emblematic performance forms of Portugal and Brazil such as samba, fado, candomblé and soccer spectatorship to understand how these cultural forms participate in and comprise a "national culture."

21:810:423Post-Revolutionary Portuguese Literature and Culture (3) 
[Fulfills literature requirement]
This class examines the effects of dramatic political change on Portuguese literature, theater, and popular music. The "Flower Revolution" of 1974 ended four decades of authoritarianism and marked the beginning of a cultural renaissance in Portugal. This class will explore literature, art and music produced in the 1980s and 1990s, in order to analyze fascism's cultural legacies and the ways in which Portuguese authors have redefined their nation following the revolution and European unification. This class is conducted in Portuguese.

21:810:440,441. Topics in Portuguese, Brazilian and Lusophone African Culture (3,3)
[Conducted alternatively in Portuguese and English]
Explores significant themes, topics, concepts, movements, trends, and complex issues with regard to the diverse Portuguese, Brazilian and Lusophone African societies and cultures.

21:810:458,459 Internship in Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies (3)
[Prerequisite: Open only to Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies majors or minors with junior or senior standing]
Internships in local Lusophone businesses, government offices, newspapers, non profits, and cultural associations.
See Internship opportunities offered

21:810:495, 496 Independent Study (3,3)
[Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Open only to Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies majors or minors with junior or senior standing]
Specialized independent research on a topic related to Portuguese and Lusophone World Studies.